Best Casual Italian 2012

Gold: La Quercia

Silver: Lupo  |  Bronze: La Buca  |  Honourable Mentions: Campagnolo & Campagnolo Roma

Though it’s a small, local room, La Quercia draws diners from far and wide thanks to a focused menu that never disappoints. “The pasta dishes are hard to resist,” said one judge, “but don’t overlook the proteins, which are flavourful and deeply satisfying.” Chefs Adam Pegg and Lucais Syme “have a very good thing going, which is why the place is always busy.” Lupo, “an easily overlooked and often underrated room,” took Silver thanks to Julio Gonzalez Perini, “a chef who nails every dish, from osso buco to sablefish.” La Buca won Bronze with its “outstanding depth of flavour” in a “totally unpretentious setting,” while the two Campagnolo locations were cited for their “excellent rustic fare” that has changed the dining landscape “in parts of the city we didn’t used to think of when we thought about going out for dinner.”