Vivo

57-58 Upper Street , London, N1 0NY

  • Vivo
  • Vivo 2013
  • Vivo 2013

SquareMeal Review of Vivo

Inspired by the delis and bakeries of the Continent, this open-fronted restaurant and takeaway on thriving Upper Street is likely to invoke child-in-a-sweetshop syndrome in anyone with a fondness for fine Italian produce. Brothers Ben and Will Thompson oversee an all-Italian kitchen team who churn out an incredible array of carefully constructed home-style dishes, from pizzas, pastas and salads to bakes, grilled meats and lunchtime hot sandwiches. Lined up in a vibrant food counter which runs the whole length of the restaurant, the dishes are of a far higher standard than the canteen-style service might suggest: a mozzarella salad sees an unctuously creamy ball of the main attraction paired with ripe Mediterranean-flavoured tomatoes in a peppery olive oil, while a lasagna is rich with the flavours of slow-cooked ragu, tasting charmingly homemade rather than kitchen-crafted. Carefully created cakes, pastries, tarts and brownies ensure there’s just as much choice for puds (or for a coffee-side snack) as there is for mains. Though fetching your food from the counter may seem a drag, we find that it does allow for ultimate flexibility in how you make up your meal. And once seated, the friendly staff circulate to make sure you’re kept topped up with drinks, a broad selection of Italian vino being a headline act. If the sun’s out on your visit, then make sure you head to the roof terrace, a secreted suntrap that’s still a well kept secret.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Angel Tube Station 380m

Essex Road Station 749m

Address

Address: 57-58 Upper Street , London N1 0NY

Area: Islington Barnsbury

Opening times

Mon-Sun 8am-11pm (Sat 9am- Sun 10am- )

Nearby Landmarks

The Screen on the Green Cinema 110m

Business Design Centre 150m

Details

Telephone: 020 7424 5992

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Cuisine: Italian Cafes

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