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Time Out says
Posted: Tue Dec 15 2009
The tumultuous southern end of Green Lanes makes a great location for an Italian deli, though the restaurant element to this operation works less well. A picture window and an outside eating area let diners see the delights of the Newington Green gyratory; inside, the long deli counter has pride of place, and the sparse and functional tables allow a widescreen view of blue lino. The menu of basic pasta and pizza choices is similarly uninspired, although every dish we tried did have a mitigating factor: bruschetta with dried basil but cheery cherry tomatoes; overcooked orecchiette with matching broccoli that nevertheless made judicious use of garlic and chilli; and florentine pizza that might have lacked pzazz, but had a nice crispy base. There’s no feel of a particular region here, which allows the wine list to prowl across Italy; the selection is better than you might expect, with several choices of each colour by the glass. Staff were under-employed on our visit, and were shielded from diners’ demands by the giant deli counter. Nevertheless, service was competent, if less than warm.
Trattoria Sapori Alliance House
- Cross Street:
44-45 Newington Green
- Venue phone:
020 7704 0744
- Venue website:
- Opening hours:
Open 8am-11pm Mon-Sat; 9am-11pm Sun.
Tube: Canonbury tube/rail
Main courses £5.75-£14.50.
- Alliance House
- 020 7704 0744
- Alliance House
- Trattoria Sapori
Average User Rating
4 / 5
- 5 star:18
- 4 star:4
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:6
great place to have lunch, their food is soooo good. Went there on Saturday as they now have this guitarist playing the blues. Blues, glass of Spritz and a great pizza for lunch. The service was friendly and attentive. Great place great good great service
Had a set italian Christmas meal with friends. 5 courses with appropriate wines for each course, selected by the house. Fantastic food, excellent wine well selected and great, attentive service. Recommended.
Great place if you are after authentic Italian food...awesome pizza, calzone. And if you are interested in learning about real Italian food, talk to the owner Tony~
This place has great service ,lovely staff , warm atmosphere and most important of all great food. Very good quality products . Not sure why Time out gives it just 2 stars !!!!?
had one of their delivery pizza and would order again. I have eaten in several times and thought of a pizza then called and they delivered it to me. great.
We came here with a small group of friends to their movie night, great concept and more so that you have your own room to watch a movie classic. But it was the food that was the big hit, the best pizza I've ever had, better than firezze, il bacio. The toppings were fresh and of a high quality, the pizza base light, crisp. The mozzarella was lovely. Will come back for their cakes as they look great.
why has this place got so many contrasting reviews, I have eaten many times as its my local and can say that it is one of the best Italian food joints you can possibly have. Their pizza are light and crispy and with real fresh toppings that the chef slices in front of you. great place to eat italian food.
The food here is great there is no doubt about that. I keep coming here time and time again for this reason, if they could tidy up their service then it would have gotten my 5 stars. I would suggest this place as a place to have good Italian food and wine. You should try their movie night deal.
Food is really great here but the service is pretty bad. I ordered a mint tea, a tap water and a pizza. I had to ask 10 minutes later for the mint tea (it was mid afternoon on a Tuesday and not busy). Then the pizza came and then I had to ask for the tap water. If they could improve the service this place would be great.
I keep coming back here again and again for their pizza, their service has improved so much recently but its the pizza that keeps me fixated with the place. PS: declan, why would you expect Salad or chutney along with your lasagna in an Italian place?????
I came to this place with my friend the other day, it was busy and they had frank sinatra in the background. I had one of their amazing pizza and a salad from their wide choice at the table. I love this place they change their salad bar every other day. A big plus now is the option of coffee: illy or monmouth. What a choice. PS: Declan why on earth would you want salad or chutney with your lasagna ( not lasanga ) its an Italian trattoria not a Tottenham court road fast food joint. Italians dont have salad never my chutney with their lasagna.
Im surprised this cafe has so many amazing reviews. because of this i have decided to be quite direct with my experiences. Ive been in twice recently and had very poor quality food, lasanga is especially avoidable. The staff were plentiful but in no rush to serve me or be polite. The prices were cheecky to say the least. It was £8.50 for a tiny lasange without a shred of salad or chutney. There are so many tasty places to eat on this stretch i for one wont be back.
came here on sunday and it was very busy with my type of trendy mid 30's. I had their eggs royal and monmouth coffee and I was in heaven. Service was a tad slow but the food made up for it. I will come back 100% and try their pizza next time.
I took my business partner to Trattoria this week for her birthday lunch. The place was busy when we arrived but there were plenty of staff around. Nevertheless the welcome was not good and the service to follow was slow. We ordered the soup of the day and a plate from the salad bar plus a glass of prosecco. The soup arrived lukewarm and tasted bland. the salad bar was forgettable. What really angered me was the 12.5% service charge that was added onto the bill at the end. this doesn't befit a local restaurant and I object. Despite the compensatory coffee at the end we won't be back in a hurry. Shame really as we work locally and would come here if it was worth it.
I went to trattoria yesterday and it was a usual busy saturday. I went for their Italian breakfast, yellow yoke free range eggs, grilled tomato, panchetta,Italian sausages, mushrooms and mmmm what a treat. Its a juicy,tasty,healthy way to start any saturday. PS: i booked my table which really helps if you want to get a table as they tend to be really busy, service can be on and off but seems to have improved a lot with the new front of house idea.
This guys know their pizza and trust me I've tried many places, their toppings are fresh, base is light and crispy. I noticed on the pizza menu that they use the old traditional method of preparing their dough and that says something... it is always very busy on weekends with familes and young trandy couples, I am half Italian and have seen so many Italians coming here.
I don't know what the time out reviewer is talking about. This is an excellent restaurant with great quality and affordable pizza and salads (I've never tried the pasta). Service is perfectly friendly and as attentive as we want.
This place offers the best pizza in london, I am told that they prepare their dough 2 days before, this explains why the pizza's are thin, crunchy and light. The toppings are freshly sliced in the deli area and are full of the real flavours. The service was very good this time and so that is why they get my 5 starrs. I am going to go back for their movie nights
Glad to see that service has improved , and ever so glad the pizza have not as they are the best please do not change the way you do them.
BEST CALAMARI IN TOWN!...PLEASE IF U R A SQUID LOVER GET YURSELF DOWN HERE... we ordered calamari fritti as a starter along with Bruschetta Trattoria which we thouroughly enjoyed, i've eaten here before and i believe the new young manager is making radical changes to the customer service and general ambience of the place..WELL DONE!
Haven't been here for a while.. visited this evening for a meal with my kids and had a great experience all round! Friendly and efficient service and pizzas were amazing. Good to see the pizzas are still one of the best in London, service has improved dramatically and the homemade ice-cream went down a treat!!
Great food and great service yesterday night!! Is the guy with glasses the manager??? Why this guy is so stress?? I understand now why there are so many problem in this place.....
I had breakfast here last week and came away throughly depressed. Bad service, too many waiters, rude manager, overpriced cold breakfast with tasteless eggs with bits of shell. An insult to Italians.
I had a great pleasure recently in having one of the best breakfasts of all time, grilled panchetta, ciabatta and Italian sausages ( I mean who wants hash browns, beans and bacon now days .. ) And I got a free coffee of my choice included in the bill. Shame to see that others have not had the same positive experience, I would go back again and try the pizza this time.
Sorry, but judging by my last visit this place has gone down hill. We were there on Sunday and it was very busy. Nevertheless we got a nice table inside. To cut a long story short. We received two OK pizzas and our third order was totally forgotten. There were so many staff in there that it actually impeded communication and all attempts to remind them were unsuccessful. I therefore had to sit there for the entire meal watching the rest of my party eat. Eventually I did manage to get hold of a member of staff who actually seemed to care, and she wiped the bill clean so we did not pay anything. Interestingly she also hinted that the place was not the place it once was. I must admit that you can see signs of this. Badly water damaged lino renders part of the interior very scruffy indeed and the men's toilet is not the standard you would expect - validated by the fact that the last signature on the displayed cleaning log was some days before. I used to absolutely love this place due to the nice interior and the great quality food and coffee, so It pains me that such an asset to the neighbourhood could be showing such worrying signs. Come on guys, sort that lino out, sort the staff out and keep being the best pIace to chill, eat and drink in Newington Green!
I went to this place yesterday for breakfast and can only say it was one of the worst dining experiences I have had. The staff were incompetent, we waited 20 minutes for menus. Decaf coffee and regular coffee were mixed up and the waiters didn't know which was which. When the 'food' eventually arrived my friend was served a vegetarian breakfast when asked for meat, the veggie sausages we had ordered hadn't been cooked, eggs were raw or overcooked with shell in them, we were served barely toasted English muffins when we should have had toasted Ciabatta. When we complained I was told I was "very mean", despite complaining in a non-confrontational manner. Staff walked away from us and refused to get us the manager, when she eventually arrived she claimed that they were very busy - despite their being only a handful of tables and seeminlgly double the amount of staff. The manager helpfully told us that the confusion and time for food orders was mainly the customers fault for moving around and the waiters not knowing who their customers were. We hadn't moved tables and so this seemed a very odd response. I have never written a review before, I was so appalled by this excuse for a cafe thatI felt it necessary to write. This experience will never be repeated.