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Named after the iconic Fiat Cinquecento, this personally run “Italian local” is old school, tiny and full of character. Despite cramped conditions and limited lunchtime opening hours, it's still in demand thanks to first-rate regional cooking, with deftly made pastas always high on the agenda – perhaps tagliatelle with clams and bottarga (cured mullet roe), strozzapreti with slow-cooked beef ragù or ravioli stuffed with Italian sausage and spinach. Main courses such as baked rabbit in porcini sauce with sautéed potatoes or char-grilled whole sea bream with Belgian endive and green sauce might leave you feeling stuffed, but it’s worth saving room for some tiramisu or the coppa 500 (poached quince and raisins in caramel and cinnamon, served with hazelnut ice cream and chocolate sauce). Old-fashioned service adds to the atmosphere, and the thoughtful wine list is a rewarding trek through Italy's regional vineyards.

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782 Holloway Road ,London N19 3JH

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May 2014

We both enjoyed the food a lot, the staff were very welcoming, friendly and attentive. We visited 500 on our anniversary and must say we both had doubts due to it's location but we were very satisfied when we left, we will definitely visit again. The price was slightly higher than what we usually like to pay and the seating plan could be better but don't let this put you off this great restaurant.

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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782 Holloway Road ,London N19 3JH

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Sep 2013

This was the second time I have dined at this restaurant, the last time about 2 years ago – the food and evening was excellent. This time my partner wanted to take me out and I invited my adult daughter and her partner. The restaurant was less than half full when we arrived and in the ten minutes we waited for my daughter, it became totally full. The staff did not hassle and all through the evening it was attentive but very relaxed and not at all pushy. For starters, we ordered one of the mixed...

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Brian C.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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782 Holloway Road ,London N19 3JH

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by   (1)

Jan 2010

According to my opinion, it's one of the under-rated, hidden gems in town. Staff are attentive, friendly. Food is simply executed, full of flavour and not the last generous portions. I have tried tagliere 500, gnocchi al sugo di salciccia, costolette d'abbacchio and tiramisu'. Heaven at earthly prices.

Gianluca D.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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782 Holloway Road ,London N19 3JH

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by   (2)

Aug 2009

We arrived on an exceptionally busy and wet Thursday evening. We hadn't booked, so sat down in a small cozy area at the back and had a few beers whilst waiting for a table. We were looked after by charismatic and warm waiting staff and brought a complimentary selection of gorgeous bread and, after having waited around 45 minutes due to an unfortunately timed rain storm, a few samples of dishes from their menu. The food was all carefully and lovingly prepared and bursting with freshness and flavour...

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Claire H.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 10

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782 Holloway Road ,London N19 3JH

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Jan 2009

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

Despite occupying probably the worst location in North London, it’s a triumph! Went as part of a large..ish party of eight, including an Italian, so it was always going to be interesting. It’s a small room, and the decor is probably the only thing that lets it down, all the women in our party announced the colour scheme as a bit of a brown nightmare. Has the feel of a family-run business, service was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. The food was extremely good, particularly the starters, recommend...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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782 Holloway Road ,London N19 3JH

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by   (1)

Nov 2008

We went to 500 last night and the we found the food, amazing, truly stunning flavours. Nothing quite like it. As we live quite nearby, we definitely will be back again to try more of their expert Italian dishes. Tamsin

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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