Our Story
heritage & pride

Marco and the team at La Romantica welcome you to Rayleigh’s oldest independent serving Italian restaurant and pizzeria. Established in 1969, this family run business has built its reputation with the motto “Let Our Family Look After Yours” and has always enjoyed 5-star health & hygiene ratings. This grade II listed building is situated in Rayleigh’s charming historic high street, overlooked by Holy Trinity Church with its 15th century tower and delightful grounds.

The restaurant has undergone major transformations to make your dining experience even more enjoyable.  Our very popular Live music nights bring to the stage the best UK music acts for our customers to enjoy.

quality & balance
the restaurant

La Romantica is renowned for its warm welcome and reasonably priced a la carte menu, competitive set menus starting at £13.95 and Traditional Sunday Roast from £16.95. This 60 seated restaurant is the perfect venue for couples, families and parties who are looking for that traditional Italian ambiance.

Silver serviced by experienced waiting staff, this ideal setting caters for birthdays, weddings and private hire. An extensive wine list is complemented by our house Pinot Grigio, Merlot and Rose at 13.50 a bottle, or by the glass. You could even start off with an aperitif of chilled sparkling Prosecco or an ice cold bottle of Peroni Nastro Azzurro.

the menu

Our menu offers a diverse range of authentic rustic Italian dishes, using locally sourced fresh produce. We take pride in serving our famously known Mussels Meniere and King Prawns Florida as well as our homemade Italian pie, just like Mama used to make! Try one of our specialities of the house Grilled Whole Rack of English Lamb or Spaghetti Marinara, all served with a free selection of seasonal vegetables.  For a full Italian experience why not try our latest addition of freshly handmade and stone baked pizzas or garlic breads for that perfect authentic taste.
Any speciality orders such as Lobster or Dover Sole can be placed with us but require 48 hours’ notice. Our Head Chef prides himself on specialises in fresh home-made desserts, the perfect ending to an Italian culinary experience.
We look forward to serving you!

What People Are Saying
Had a beautiful Mothers Day lunch yesterday, food and service was superb as always. Laromantica is still the best restaurant around...
March '22
...We visit the restaurant with friends and we had such a lovely time and we definitely go back!! Totally recommended!!
June '22
...Lovely ambiance and a dedicated team that work hard to deliver a good service, ensure you are happy, and that have enjoyed your meal.
December '21
Late booking for a Sunday lunch which they found us a table for six. Menu was delightful and food excellent Staff really good
February '22