Numero Uno

Restaurants, Italian Nappy Valley
Numero Uno
Venue name: Numero Uno
Address: 139 Northcote Road
SW11 6PX
Price: £££
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Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

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You may be on Northcote Road, but you might as well be in Naples with this authentic, stunning Italian food.

A very traditional restaurant, with white table clothes and friendly Italian waiters wearing smart bow ties, Numero Uno serves up amazing Italian food. The deep fried mozzarella balls are like McDonald’s mozzarella sticks completely gourmet-fied; gooey, salty and crunchy- outrageously good. The pasta dishes are sensational- really fresh, delicate pasta with sauces which all taste so distinct and delicious. The boar ragu is sumptuous, rich and meaty. The truffle ravioli has just the right level of truffle power and creaminess. The seafood pasta is really fresh with a chilli kick, and a huge range of seafood- mussels, octopus, squid and scallops.

The portions are big, so you might not be tempted by a pudding (despite the old-school dessert trolley which makes its way round the restaurant looking very tempting indeed), but finish off your meal with one their Espresso Martinis. Made with sublime Italian coffee, these will perk you up enough to go dancing along Northcote Road, while being super tasty.

Slightly pricier than some of the other Clapham options, but you can really taste the quality in the ingredients used. Perfect for a fun dinner with friends or a romantic date night. 

The most amazing Italian food.. menu that suits everybody weather you want to indulge in pasta or risotto or have grilled fish on the bone with a beautiful selection of vegetables.
The staff are Fantastic! with an atmosphere to die for every night of the week.
worth travelling too, lucky if you live nearby.


I'm glad to see this restaurant has vastly improved from the review below two years ago. The food is authentic, nicely presented and reasonably priced. In the summer, definitely get a table outside, but it's also a pleasant place in the winter. I agree with the reviewer below that the tables at the back by the kitchen aren't the best, but sitting there didn't ruin our night. One of my favourite local restaurants that I will continue to go to! 

Looked pretty good from the street- but appearances can be deceiving - beware. This is the kind of Italian restaurant that got them all a bad name in the 80's but the world has moved on and this performance was pretty poor all round. Long thin restaurant with sky light windows at rear but no ventilation. Rear dining area dominated by restroom access, whiffs of air freshener blocks and the sound of the hand blowers - thoroughly unpleasant. Experience not enhanced by professionally indifferent wait staff whose only motivation appeared to be getting you in and out as quickly as possible. White tablecloths gave a misleading suggestion of finer dining than was on offer. Menu was stained from previous unfortunate diner's hurried efforts to comply with the waiters' timeline and it was at best confused and offered little in the way of more modern finesse or of traditional comfort and comfort food. Bought in Burrata and Ham were fine. Deep fried artichoke was lacking in any lightness and completely overcooked (probably two days earlier). The main courses were embarrassing - flattened chicken had clearly been reheated and was severely overcooked, wild boar pasta completely uninspired and over salted - all served with the 1980's medley of veg!!! Wine list was wonderfully not specific and did not inspire confidence- often wine producers' names omitted and no mention of vintages. Imagine considering a 350 pound bottle of Solaia with no vintage specified. Also a few tricks seemingly food - starting with the "previously" opened" bottled water and ending with the "6 pound cover charge" - what was that for? And then the inadvertent adding of 9 quid to the bill when running the credit card through. In my opinion everything that has gotten older Italian restaurants a bad name was on display right here. A thoroughly lacklustre experience screaming "don't come back"! Take my advice don't go the first time I wish we hadn't.