Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of Trullo

Silver Award

SquareMeal London Hot 100 2018“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
Fine dining
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Location for Trullo

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

020 7226 2733


Opening Times

Mon-Sun 12.30-2.45pm (Sun -8.15pm) 6-10.15pm (Sun 5-8.15pm)

Reviews of Trullo

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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

mid week dinner
21 April 2015  
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..
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Love this place
11 May 2013  
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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