Someone once told me that you can never go wrong with Italian food in London. I have to agree with him as I have yet to find anyone who would refuse a good pizza or pasta, and I am pretty sure everyone has got their favourite pizzeria that they would retreat to at the end of a long day at work.
Given its façade, you would have mistaken it for a local pub but you would noticed, as you stepped thought the front door, that Tenore Pizzeria was much more than that. With big band music playing lightly in the background, the main dining area on the ground floor was adorned with large black and white photos portraying 'the good life'. The attentive and friendly all-Italian staff strutted their stuff with warm and enthusiastic smiles that rivalled that at Antonio's Ristorante.
Saporita - tomatoes in melted goat cheese
Let's get down to the serious stuff shall we? The Saporita pizza - £10.75, with buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, avocado and goat cheese, was a treat. The soft melted pungent goat cheese, which was liberally layered on the pizza, went surprisingly well with the avocado.
Spaghetti Bottarga e Vongole - fish roe and clams, need I say more?
The Spaghetti Bottarga e Vongole - £9.55, turned out to be an apt choice. The fish roe added to the savoury texture of the spaghetti and the clams were far from overcooked and still supple. I would probably order that one again during my next visit. It really reminds me of the Chinese stir fried noodles, one of my favourite if done right, only Tenore's was so much better.
While we were there, there were a couple of tables with Italian customers chatting busily among themselves oblivious to their surroundings. For a moment, one would have thought that one was in bustling pizzeria in the heart of an Italian town, Tenore was that convincing. In short, Tenore is a La Forchetta, only with better food, better ambience and way better service.
Address: 14 Barnsbury Road, London N1 0HB
Tel: 020 2786 955
Nearest Tube station: Angel
Ratings (out of 5 *)
Price: below £15 pp
Service charge: N/A
Suitable for: couples and small groups who are looking for a nice evening out