Friday, 21 November 2008

Saponara review - the little Italian paradise

London+Islington+Saponara+reviewThere's this quaint little Italian deli in Angel, Islington. Well, not exactly near the Tube station but it's within walking distance just off Packington Street and along Prebend Street.

is exactly what you would imagine an Italian deli to be for it's easy to imagine yourself in a little Italian town once you step into its cosy settings. It's nothing fancy; it's attraction lies in its unpretentious service and simple fare, all at a affordable price.

The Italian proprietor is a friendly man. Well, I'm not just saying that because he offers us free sampling of food and some wine the other time. He reminds me of Artie (from Sopranos), only less talkative.

London-Islington-SaponaraThe deli is quite popular with the local Italians. How do I know? Well, it becomes apparent when the staff speaks to more than half of the customers in a language that I'm not familiar with. But it's also frequented by families as well. It's quite interesting to watch the toddlers wondering in front of the counter displaying the variety of pasta and having Italian chatter all around... all this while enjoying a cappuccino.

London-Islington-SaponaraMy favorite? Defintely a ham croissant. Well, I must say that my picture did it injustice. Rest assured that it taste must better than it looks... the cheese just melts in your mouth. Anyway, we must start ordering something else. The proprietor has been asking us, "The usual?" without even taking our orders nowadays.

Oh, did I also mention that there's a nice church just outside? A great view if you decide to have your cuppa outdoor instead.

Address: 23 Prebend Street, Islington, London N1 8PF
Tel: 020 7226 2771 (Closed on Sundays)
Nearest Tube station: Angel (15 minute walk)

Ratings (out of 5 *)
Price: below £6 pp for breakfast, below £10pp for dinner.
Taste: **
Service: ***
Ambience: **
Suitable for: Leisure breakfasts

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