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300-302 St Paul's Road
“Always packed to the gills, Trullo hits the mark every time”, declaims a fan of this much-loved Islington spot. Everyone adores its lively (sometimes noisy) atmosphere, eager-to-please staff, calming contemporary interiors and a helpfully annotated regional wine list – not forgetting the “idiosyncratic Italian menu”. The “sublime” handmade pasta (perhaps pappardelle with exquisitely rich beef shin ragù, or ravioli of summer squash and sweet onions) is just the start. Also expect plates of wood pigeon with black figs and cobnut salad, baked skate wing with braised hispi cabbage and brown crab or char-grilled Dorset lamb rump with borlotti beans, datterini tomatoes and anchovy – “perfectly executed” dishes of top-drawer seasonal ingredients. To finish, we’re sold on the decadent chocolate tart and the regional Italian cheeses (Rocchetta Ubriaco) with matching wines. Be warned: this place is addictive.
At only 12 pages of wines, the Trullo list is a model of restraint, yet still manages to cover every region and style, with no wines (bar a couple of English fizzes) from outside Italy. Attractive, hand-drawn maps are a nice touch, and thumbs-up for the information on each wine – you’ll find details on the region, the grape, the alcohol level and the wine’s weight (on a scale of one to five) as well as personable tasting notes.
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300-302 St Paul's Road
Highbury & Islington Station 162m
Highbury & Islington Tube Station 238m
Hen & Chicken Theatre 49m
The Tower Theatre 301m
Mon-Sun 12.30-2.45pm (Sun -8.15pm) 6-10.15pm (Sun 5-8.15pm)
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Food + drink: 4
Always lively and at times noisy, depending on which table. Service very keen to please and such an interesting wine list with helpful comments. Fresh peas must have just become available as they came with carpaccio, gnudi and lamb rump. All different and each course delicious. Lemon sole and whole mackerel generous and good. Likewise the Amalfi lemon tart..
Food + drink: 5
I have been to this restaurant a number of times and can't fault it in any way. The welcome is friendly, the service efficient, the food delicious and reasonably priced. I think Jay Rayner in the Observer once mentioned that they make running a restaurant look easy and they do. I wonder why more restaurants can't find the charming staff, make the simple but tasty food, and find delicious and reasonably priced wine – but we all know they can't. I feel lucky that this is my local restaurant and will come here again and again as long as they don't change it! My favourite thing on the menu is the pasta – surprisingly priced (only around £6 for a dish) and it's beautiful. Beef shin parpadelle, spicy tomato tagliatelle, nettle spaghetti, lemon and parmesan pici – I can't remember all the ones they do but it seems to be different every time you go in. Everything is good though. I can't recommend this restaurant enough.
Our first visit to Trullo and it certainly will not be our last.
We went the whole route of antipasta, primi, secondi and dessert. The food was very good indeed with some dishes, especially the Spaghetti with Hispi Cabbage and Bottarga, outstanding. The other dishes, essentially, were well prepared and presented, very tasty and as expected. The cheese was a little disappointing – seemingly well kept but looked like “end-cuts”. Service was excellent – attentive and responsive without being at all intrusive. Wine was reasonably priced and the server well informed and very helpful – we were given tasters of three different reds before deciding and a bottle of white was taken back as “bad” without even being presented. however, for my taste the wine was mostly too young and it could do with a slightly deeper range but that may be cost governed. Atmosphere is relaxed and informal but with the right level of tension for a fundamentally classy restaurant.
One dish (the skate) was over cooked and unsatisfactory. The response was an immediate apology, offer of a replacement – same or different fish – and when that was demurred the item was voluntarily removed from the bill. I don't think one could have asked for more.
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