Harden's survey result
“Fab creative Italian food” – “an ever-changing menu with great homemade pasta” – is “served with charm in the most unpretentious environment”, at this “tiny BYO café” in Kentish Town. With ratings improving every year, locals are smitten by this “lovely hidden gem”, so the only problem is the increasing difficulty of grabbing a seat – but then again “they’re expanding, so perhaps it’ll become a little easier to get a table”.
“A hidden gem in Kentish Town” – “don’t be put off by the transport caff surroundings, this is Italian cooking at its very best”, “prepared with great care in a tiny kitchen by young chefs who work their socks off to produce excellent food”. “BYO is the icing on the cake!”. There’s a Catch 22: “they never answer the phone so it’s almost impossible to book, but booking is essential”. Top Tip: “strangolapreti (or priest stranglers), gnocchi made from stale bread rather than potatoes”.
“Don’t judge a book by its cover – some of the best Italian food in London hides behind the rundown exterior” of this tiny Kentish Town BYO, serving a “long and interesting menu”. “‘Heart and Soul’ is the absolute truth: the venue is a dump, but the honest graft put in by the team wins through every time”. Top Tips: “cucumber ice cream is a standout”, and “when there are truffles on the menu, portions are generous and prices low”.
This tiny shopfront in Kentish Town “couldn’t be more basic”, but the “authentic Italian food” and home-made gelato served from a blackboard menu are “absolutely fantastic”. Better still, “you bring your own wine, which keeps the total bill down considerably”.
129 Kentish Town Rd, LONDON, NW1 8PB
Tues - Sat - 6 - 10pm
Last orders: 9 pm, Sun 2.30 pm