It is absolutely possible to find a piece of Italy in London, and in the most unlikely of places too. You might have thought that I was talking about Little Italy, or even Soho - but you would be way off - I am talking about the East End of London.
Yes, if you want to have a slice of Italia but don't have time to fuss over passports and the like, simply do this - head out to Hackney City Farm and look out for Frizzante Cafe - problem solved.
Frizzante Cafe is based on the popular Agriturismo's in Italy - which means a farm that produces and sells its own produce, including such things as wine and olive oil. At London's own Agriturismo they sell pasta, salads, Sunday roasts and all manner of seasonal produce, as well as such delights as homemade cakes and ice cream.
Thursday is a great day to go, as the cafe re-opens in the evening at 7pm, and live music is added to create a special ambience a world away from London Fields, literally just around the corner.
So, what to expect from the Italian menu? Well, you will notice all manner of delicious fare - there is a choice of pasta, some really exotic dishes such as baked figs with gorgonzola cheese, and some quite typically English dishes too (Eton mess being a dessert that I doubt they eat a lot of in Italy, but features here).
Ok, I'll leave the rest for you to discover, so as not to spoil all this place's little secrets, suffice to say, with the right weather, you may just enjoy one of the cheapest holidays you've ever been on, and one that doesn't require you to have your passport checked on the way back home...