Restaurants, Italian Balham
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Venue name: Caminata
Address: 96 Bedford Hill
SW12 9HR
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Nicky G

Who doesn't like an Italian restaurant with an outdoor garden, all the parmesan cheese your heart desires and where the owner treats you like an old friend of the family? The food is luscious - laying claim to the 'best pizza in Balham' no less, and even boasting a few rarities like rabbit and veal. If you're gluten free, there is gluten free pasta - it's fusilli no matter what so linguine and gnocchi are out, but if you don't mind that, the sauce is rich and sticky and the pasta is cooked al dente. I can vouch for the wine list - we asked our server for a recommendation and he came back with a beautiful, smooth red wine (from Italy of course). Sharing starters, own main and a drink we spent £20 each for a lovely meal. This place would be perfect for a date or birthday but book ahead - it's small and popular.


Why I heart this luscious Italian, oven baked Pizzaria in Balham:

  • Cracking cosy atmosphere for the Winter, candlelight, piping hot food
  • Lovely Summer outdoor seating, open airy spacing, salads and fresh ingredients for that not so naughty treat
  • Yummy cocktail lists - the staff put their heart and soul in whatever they are serving. 
  • Fresh seafood
  • Tastecard discounts
  • Funny, lovely service
  • Always get a table

Caminata, I loved it when...

  • I asked for a Bloody Mary and you didn't know how to make it and asked me exactly how I liked it, you genuinly wanted me to have a nice drink
  • You don't huff when I ask to taste the wine or ask what is on the specials menu
  • Even though I use Tastecard, you treat me like a Princess , every time
  • You sang happy birthday to me
  • You always replace my tap water with a smile, and without me asking
  • You always say hello and goodbye
  • You forgot my extra chorizo one time, took the whole dish off my bill and gave me a free dessert
  • You always have the freshest ingredients and something new on the menu
  • Your toilets are fresh out of a 5* hotel
  • You said you liked my outfit
  • You gave me a limoncello shot because you said I haven't been in a while and it was nice to see me
  • When I ask for parmesan cheese and you leave the pot knowing full well I'm eating the lot, you don't charge, you smile 
  • When I completely stuffed my face with a starter, main, cocktail, olives, two portions of pizza bread AND dessert and it only came to 18 quid! (on tastecard)

Caminata suits families, girly drinks, brunch, dinner, diets, naughty treats, parties, dates

I've never ever had a bad meal!

Favourites : Pesto pizza bread, Calamari, King Prawns, Any Pizza, Meatball Pasta, Cosmopolitans

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