Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of Trullo

Silver Award

“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.

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cool, Cosy, Dark and moody, Lively, Romantic, Traditional
Other Awards
SquareMeal London Top 100
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegetarian options
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Romantic, Special occasions
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About Trullo

Trullo is now known to many as the restaurant that birthed Padella. But this humble Islington trattoria is so much more. After all, incredible handmade pasta is just one of Trullo's many facets. This relaxed, buzzy space boasts enormous windows that flood the room with natural light. In the evening, the mood becomes a more romantic, low-lit setting. 

While the wine and service at Trullo continue to keep it in our favourite restaurants, the food here comes first. As such, it's best to go for all four courses here (antipasti, primi, mains, dessert). While the menu changes pretty much daily, there is a certain style of dish you can expect here. You might start the meal with some house sourdough (baked that morning) with Fiorano Estate olive oil, some burrata with datterini tomato crostini or even a chargrilled Norfolk quail with aioli. 

This, however, is just the beginning. The pasta at Trullo is without a doubt unmissable. Typically, there are around four or five options, all excellent. You could opt for the simplest of the simple - pici cacio e pepe. Or go classic with ricotta and sage ravioli, pappardelle with beef shin ragu or tagliarini with slow-cooked tomato sauce. 

The standard doesn't slip with the next course, where you can expect large cuts for sharing, usually grilled. You might see a 42-day aged Belted Galloway T-bone, or a whole Brixham brill, while a vegetarian option might be Florence fennel, porcini mushrooms and grilled radicchio and bitter leaves. Finish with an Amalfi lemon tart if you can manage it, and an affogato if you can't.

The wine list at Trullo is to the point, celebrating a wide range of Italian grapes, with plenty of bottles under the £40 mark. The wine list, like the food menu, changes regularly, making this a restaurant worth coming back to.


Does Trullo have vegetarian options?

Yes, but most dishes feature meat or fish.

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When did Trullo open?

Trullo opened in 2010.

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Is the pasta at Trullo handmade?


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300-302 St Paul's Road, Highbury, London, N1 2LH

020 7226 2733


Opening Times

Mon 12:00-15:00
Tue 12:00-14:15
Wed 12:00-15:00
Thu 12:00-15:00
Fri 12:00-15:00
Sat 12:00-15:00
Sun 12:00-15:00
Mon 18:00-22:30
Tue 18:00-22:30
Wed 18:00-22:30
Thu 18:00-22:30
Fri 18:00-22:30
Sat 18:00-22:30
Sun 18:00-21:30


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17 Reviews 

Patrizia C

06 August 2019  
Amazing fresh pasta.

Helene M

08 April 2019  
Excellent food, really good service and relaxed setting.

Darren L

29 March 2019  
Service, hospitality, space, quality of produce, amazing wine list, value for money.

Isabelle C

31 July 2018  
Although I am a fan of Italian food, I'm not sure an Italian restaurant would ever be my first choice when eating out. Trullo pulled me up by the collar, slapped me round the face and made sure I was never this dismissive again! Sitting downstairs in one of the cellar alcoves is an intimate and cosy way to spend an evening. The food is a master class in flavour, the staff are super knowledgeable about the menu and which wines will compliment each course. I still crave things I ate there nearly every day!

Amir S

11 July 2018  
Great italian.

Lesley T

28 June 2018  
Always excellent - choice, quality, service. Terrific fresh ingredients cooked inventively but without unnecessary fuss.

Kevin W

17 June 2017  
Excellent "local" restaurant, with short but inventive menu, good service and reasonable prices. Good wine list. Extremely handy for the Union Chapel!

Luisa R

09 May 2017  
Service, food and wine all excellent. General ambience of restaurant very pleasant.

adrain G

21 April 2015  
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
mid week dinner
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..


11 May 2013  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Love this place
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.
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