Bar Italia Review
This legendary Italian coffee bar on Frith Street is Soho's unofficial beating heart and a 22-hour-a-day Soho institution. Established in 1949 during the Italian coffee bar craze and still run by the founding Polledri family, it's now positively football crazy and a honey-pot for an assortment of weird and wonderous Soho-ites—from clubbers and cabbies to stars like Jude Law. Most regulars grab a frothy cappuccino made from the 50-year-old Gaggia coffee machine and wolf down a slice of pizza, panettone, or chocolate cake at one of the mirrored bar counters (or pavement seat out front). The walls are plastered with Italian flags and black-and-white photos of Italian singers, movie legends, and '50s boxing champs, and it's the spot in London to watch Italy play in the soccer World Cup.
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