Pane Vino

Kentish Town

It would be easy to overlook this southern Italian gem – a pretty front-parlour dining room with domestic-looking kitchen at the back – on unlovely Kentish Town Road. Sometimes nothing tastes better thfan a combination of flavours as basic as salt, oil and rosemary, and here crisp Sardinian pane carasau anointed with this trinity, formed the base for an exceptional antipasto sardo, a selection of meaty, fishy and veggie goodies – highly recommended. Caponata, the characteristically Sicilian sweet and sour celery and aubergine salad, made a perfect a foil for the grassiest, milkiest mozzarella. Squeezing out between the tightly packed tables is even more difficult after pastas, which raise peasant food to the most pleasurable heights. Gnocchi dough stuffed with ragu, in a mushroom and sage sauce, was glorious stodge; linguine with parsley and bottarga (dried mullet roe) a simple success. Specials such as roast rabbit or pollack with spinach would suit an evening dedicated to the full works, but this charming trattoria is versatile enough for a family outing for the vast, thin, aromatic pizzas or a credit-crunch lunch. Great home-style cooking seems guaranteed. Smiley, swift service is unfortunately not.

Venue name: Pane Vino
Address: 323 Kentish Town Road
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Sat; 1-4pm Sun. Dinner served 6.30-11pm Mon-Sat.
Transport: Tube: Kentish Town tube/rail
Price: Main courses £10.80-£19.90.

Average User Rating

3.3 / 5

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Been here several times, always friendly staff, good prices, and great food!


(from my husband) I just went there with my wife, literally back as we live in Kentish Town and although my previous experience there wasn't so good as they tried to charge me 15% tip, I decided to try it again as the food is still of a good standard. The food was good, we both went for something on their black board and I was happy with the octopus salad. However, my wife asked for two small glasses of wine and we haven't noticed they were big glasses while talking. At the end, while paying, I realized they were considered as big glasses and thus charged almost 60£ for octopus salad, basic ravioli, a coffee ice cream and a bottle of sparkling water. Albeit the wine, things were fine, but I somehow felt robbed to pay that amount of money for something good, but also ordinary, nothing extraordinary. So if you want a good tip, go to the Oxford Pub, located just in front and you would eat the same quality, if not better, for far less and people will not try to overcharged you for a quite ordinary meal. After being robbed there twice, it is definitely a no-return.


I have been to Pane Vino quite a few times, and I can say that I have sampled most dishes from the menu. Very good genuine Southern Italian food (great products, very well prepared, and with passion!). Some interesting wines too (but a bit pricey). In my humble opinion, it is quite simply the best Italian in London for that price.


We ate here last night and it was just as good as we remembered from a couple of years ago. It is unpretentious with friendly and knowledgeable service and some great food especially the generous portions of seafood linguine. Lovely mirto liqueur afterwards. Altogether a very enjoyable evening - we will return soon.


absolutely devastatingly awful. very bad food, awful atmosphere. the above time out review should be removed.


Great food and great wine. Lacked a little atmosphere, but the service was good. Also found it just slightly too expensive for the type of dish served, about £16.00 for a special. Other mains varied from £10 to £20.