Restaurants, Italian Clerkenwell
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Santoré seems to divide opinion: some diners can’t get enough of its authentic Neapolitan food; others can’t forgive the occasionally tetchy service. On our most recent midweek visit, however, we were greeted warmly by the staff who happily recommended their favourite dishes on the menu. The place was packed with diners. As with many a good trattoria, the decor – unspectacular brown furniture with wine bottles and a pizza oven for decoration – means little compared to the food.

A generous plate of antipasti included at least ten items (from a moreish warm aubergine salad to own-cured salmon with pink peppercorns) – and was a gift at £8.95. ‘I panuozzi’ pizza, where the dough is first baked and then filled (in our case, with spring greens, mozzarella and porky fennel sausage), was simply delicious if just slightly burnt. Fresh fusilli pasta with clams and succulent Sicilian prawns was brilliantly spicy. Only the desserts of own-made tiramisu and sorbets were average. We’re inclined to forgive the uneven service for such big-hearted food and prices.



Venue name: Santoré
Address: 59-61 Exmouth Market
Opening hours: Meals served noon-11pm daily
Transport: Tube: Farringdon tube/rail or bus 19, 38, 341
Price: Main courses £7.95-£16.95. Set lunch (noon-3pm) £10.95 2 courses. Set dinner (3-6pm) £12.95 2 courses
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Emily C

This place was great - a very authentic Italian with great service and attention to detail. I would definitely recommend it - especially as it's so reasonably priced!

Karen N

Recommended by an Italian to try their pasta and pizza, and I wasn't disappointed! The food, service and atmosphere transport you directly to Italy. Big portions (metre-long pizzas!) and very reasonably priced for Central London. My top choice for Exmouth Market! 

Tara P

Santore provides good quality pizza, friendly service and a buzzing Italianate atmosphere. It’s a nice location for a birthday party or a meal with a group of friends – especially when the weather is nice enough to allow the front of the restaurant to be open.

The metre-long pizzas offer a talking point (and Instagram opportunity).

Christopher M
Staff Writer

BEST PIZZA I HAVE EVER HAD IN THE WORLD! Do yourself a favour and try it. Staff are super friendly too! 

Sally H

I've been coming here for the last five plus years, and I still love it! Food and service is excellent. Best pizza in London? Probably!

really r

Food is great but service is variable - if you are looking for a casual local venue then is a good address, but definitely avoid for dates or distant family/friends


As an italian I can say that Santorà is the best pizza in London. I am yet to try a few others but this would one rate highly even in Italy. Yes service maybe rude, late unprofessional and annoying. And they may not have those enormous pepper grinders that the English seem to believe every Italian has on his table. But this is the typical italian service: temperamental. Be nice, be loud, be cheeky and you will see that they will treat you like kings! Other than that, enjoy!

Lesley hayman

Arrived without booking at 8.00 p.m. on a Friday evening. Restaurant was busy but staff found us a table for a two explaining clearly in advance that the table would only be free until 9.15 a.m. Excellent mozarella and salami pizza - just the right combination of crispy edge and well-filled middle. Value for money and vibrant atmosphere. Service fine. Would definitely go again


My husband and I just had a spur of the moment lunch at Santoré, Exmouth Market. We sat outside and enjoyed the 2x course lunch special for £9.95 each. This was fantastic value. We enjoyed Napoli bruschetta, generous antipasto for starters and terrific penne arribiata and tagliatelle ragu. Have sometimes found the service patchy but today it was perfect. Of particular note was the sole female waitress. Grazie!


The best pizza I have had in a long time! I went last night for my boyfriends birthday and the service that we all revived was also one of the best I have had in a long time, all the staff I met that night were Italian and constantly smiling, they checked if were were OK at exactly the right points and the second we looked around to ask a Q they were there (they even brought a free birthday cake out at the end of the night) The pizza was delicious and as it was my boyfriends birthday he ordered one of the larger pizzas, and when I say Large its close to American manVfood size, these are recommended to share per table and you can have three types of pizza in one. I would defiantly ignore any bad reviews and recommend you to go... if you go as a group try the large sharing pizzas!