Canonbury Kitchen

19 Canonbury Lane , London, N1 2AS

  • Canonbury Kitchen
  • Canonbury Kitchen

SquareMeal Review of Canonbury Kitchen

Tucked away on an Islington side street, this 40-seater neighbourhood Italian has a friendly, informal feel thanks to its open kitchen, exposed brickwork & stripped-back wooden floors. It hopes to attract locals who want home-style cooking without the effort of having to cook it themselves. The main men – owner Max Tilelli, manager Massimo Corona & head chef Marco Botto – are all from the south, so the food ranges from classics such as fritto misto to twists on old favourites including grilled swordfish with tomato sauce & orange peel or lemon & limoncello tiramisu. The kitchen also offers daily specials & a keenly priced, three-course lunch menu, while the wine list spreads itself far & wide, taking in many of the owner’s favourites from the Old & New Worlds.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Highbury & Islington Station 295m

Highbury & Islington Tube Station 363m


Address: 19 Canonbury Lane , London N1 2AS

Area: Islington Barnsbury

Opening times

Tues-Sat 6-11pm Sat-Sun 12N-4pm

Nearby Landmarks

The Tower Theatre 266m

Hen & Chicken Theatre 297m


Telephone: 020 7226 9791


Cuisine: Italian


Food & Drink: 9.0

Service: 8.0

Atmosphere: 8.0

Value: 8.0

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Susan d. 26 May 2011

This is a lovely space – bare brick walls and pale wood furniture – and a friendly feel. The restaurant is located in a quiet street off Highbury Corner and the food is quality Italian in a modern style. Prices are good value for this part of London – £87 for 2 people for two course, water and an excellent bottle of wine. The pasta starters were excellent – the highlight being linguine with clams which was the best pasta course I have had for a long time. Main courses included sea bream and chicken breast – both of which were very good. We had a lovely white wine from Alto Adige – one of their most expensive – which was crisp and citrusy. Friendly service and some tasteful Italian pop music completed a lovely meal. Well worth a trip if you live locally.