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  • 178-184 Blackstock Road
    Highbury

    London N5 1HA
    Highbury
  • Transit information Piccadilly Victoria Get Directions
  • Phone number 020 7226 3339
  • Business website ilbaciohighbury.co.uk

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  • 4.0 star rating
    22/6/2011

    This is the best pizza I have had so far in London. Proper Italian sized pizzas. The ingredients are so fresh and full of flavour.

    The base is perfect - not so thin its a poppadom and not so thick its stodgey pizza hut style.

    All the staff are great and the owner/manager was really friendly and making sure all the tables were happy. Just that magic little touch makes all the difference with me.

    It had a nice family local vibe too - a little crowded on a Sunday afternoon - but what do you expect its the best pizza in town!

    Good prices too and i was so excited to see they do takeaway also!

  • 3.0 star rating
    12/2/2014 Updated review

    Since this place changed management many things are now different.
    I'm not sure I can hold anymore my old ratings and I decided to balance them a bit with a 3 stars.
    Hope people in the area won't mind, but the place is not the same as it used to be.

    However there is always space for improvement and another review :-)

    5.0 star rating
    22/2/2012 Previous review
    Il Bacio had a change of ownership and management after last summer.
    I must say that the pizza got…
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    5.0 star rating
    20/3/2011 Previous review
    For pizza in the area the choices are: Il Bacio, Organica Pizza or Pappagone in Stroud Green.
    As I…
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  • 5.0 star rating
    8/1/2009
    ROTD 22/7/2009

    This is the best Italian restaurant in London. Great size portions in a great atmosphere.
    There is a good selection of food from around Italy, although they specialise in Sardinian cuisine. It is definitely worth sampling.
    The staff are friendly and there is usually a Seri A game being shown on the large screen!!!

  • 4.0 star rating
    8/12/2008

    Il Bacio is an incongruously smart restaurant on Blackstock road. It is part of a growing London-based chain of Italian restaurant / pizzerias. It has a clean modern design, with a large glass frontage. The restaurant is spread across the ground and basement floors.

    The restaurant is popular amongst families, many of whom seem to live in the area, and consequently the place has a warm friendly atmosphere. The staff are well presented and the service is fast and efficient.

    They serve a traditional mix of Italian foods though whenever I've been I've eaten pizza. The pizzas are, unsurprisingly, thin based Italian style and quite large. The quality of the ingredients is high and consequently they are very tasty (though I'd say La Porchetta was better). It is not cheap, though not exorbitant either, and the prices are justified by the quality of the food and general standard of the place.

    Ideal for a family meal if you're in the Highbury area.

    • Qype User lovely…
    • London
    • 129 friends
    • 92 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    10/8/2009

    My new local! And I'm not too upset about that either.

    Great Sardinian restaurant, always bursting with people eating and chatting loudly (in a good way). Service is superb and food is better than most - lots of seafood dishes on the menu (there's the Sardegna for you), very well cooked pasta and fresh fish. The pizzas looked awesome, I will certainly be back for one there just got to try the other three pizza places nearby to make sure first.

    As we're out of football season the giant tv screen on the wall was inexplicably showing music videos with lyrics the whole time I was there. No bother, they weren't playing the music along with it too, but I always dislike screens in bars or restaurants. Always distracts everyone - eyes flicking backwards and forwards from the screen.

    To go alongside the takeaway pizza prices il bacio does takeaway too and delivers for orders over a tenner. Including the pastas and desserts!

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/2/2009

    We ate here before the Brazil vs. Italy game played at Arsenal's Emirates stadium just down the road. Our table for 12 had been booked well in advance, but we were virtually the only Englishmen in the place which made it all the better - it had a sense of being a 'local' restaurant that way, and gave a pre-match atmosphere only usually felt at a 'home' venue.

    We were glad of the TV in there to catch some of the build up but equally glad of the really relaxed feel that the place has. We were being pretty loud, and the Italians louder, and nobody cared. As garethdixon points out, it's really family friendly, and the whole time we were there the staff were moving tables around and generally pandering to people coming in with their kids.

    The pizza bread we had to start was nice, and not too heavy. I followed this with had a pizza and it was a huge, as were all of them that came out of the oven, and very keenly priced considering the size. Most of the other people in our party also had pizza (chosen from the pretty good selection on offer on the menu) but a couple had lasagne and said that it was delicious.

    The side salads that were set down on the table were fresh, crunchy and tasty, as were the potent onions with fresh tomato slices on a large plate!

    Peroni was served in large, tall, clean, new glasses and the selection of wine was adequate for such a place. We had a delicious, inexpensive red. There was no time for desert so I can't comment on that, but if it's anywhere near as good as their mains you won't be disappointed.

    All in all the restaurant is a great little place to eat, nestled in between the takeaways on Blackstone Road, and if I ever go to the Emirates again I would definitely go back to Il Bacio.

  • 1.0 star rating
    4/3/2013

    It's been sad to watch Il Bacio's demise since its change in management last year, but it's been constantly getting worse.

    The food is by now average at best. Actually, it's not even that. Last time I was there (yes, I've been a couple of times), my pizza was a truly genius feat: the dough burned on one side and not cooked through on the other. The kitchen can't even get the most basic things right anymore.

    They've been trying to "improve" the atmosphere, resulting in a decor that's cheap kitsch that's trying (and failing) to make the place look more upscale than it is.

    The staff is not exactly unfriendly. They are just not very good at concealing how little they care.

    Overall, I must say, I'd recommend against going to Il Bacio which is a huge shame because this once was my "local" for delicious pizza. But it just isn't anymore.

  • 4.0 star rating
    1/8/2011

    Great food. Try the gnocchi!

  • 4.0 star rating
    8/10/2008
    First to Review

    Fantastic family restaurant vibe with bin lid size yummy pizzas. Staff are the friendliest in the area and if you have kids this place is a blessing as they're so chilled out about family groups.

  • 5.0 star rating
    10/1/2010

    Let me first say I think the food is fantastic and my Husband ( and he is from Italy let me add agrees) Great portions, if you like sea food this is the place it is a very traditional Sardinian food. The wait staff is nice, Food Great and I just love Church street in Stoke Newington very cute.All in All I'm giving it a great review and will be looking forward to going back.

    • Qype User char-l…
    • London
    • 77 friends
    • 119 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    3/12/2008

    No pasta, no pizza and find something fast. This we had agreed on stepping out into the downpour minus an umbrella. Not the best time to explore the sparse selection of Blackstock Road eateries for the first time. Predictably soon, with moods failing and coats sodden we begrudgingly decided to disregard our hunger for something Oriental and settled on an easy option. Il Bacio was to give us the kiss of life. The Blackstock Road Il Bacio is one of a rapidly expanding pizza enterprise that started on Stoke Newington Church Street. This Il Bacio is bigger and more impersonal than the originals but the standard of food is similarly high and at the same affordable prices. The pizzas are generous, spilling over the sides of the plates and laden with toppings, thin based and deliciously, wood oven crisp. The pasta I had was thick with king prawns and thank god, not drowning in tomato sauce. And snob that I am I was relieved not to be offered parmesan cheese with it (it's an old Italian rule that you should never have cheese on your seafood pasta). Only real draw back was the distracting large screen TV playing the football for the benefit of the chefs in the kitchen who were often seen craning their necks over the service counter to catch the replays- everyone else seemed set on keeping their attention on their conversations despite the football inspired raucous from the kitchen.

    • Qype User donnyw…
    • London
    • 4 friends
    • 24 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    5/7/2010

    Good food, reasonable prices...and you will find many authentic Italians eating here too, which makes it feel like a special find. The bottle of house wine was a steal at the price, and a nice quality too. The place is a little bit loud (Italians tend to be loud anyways) but the food was fantiastic and the prices were excellent.

    • Qype User ehs8…
    • London
    • 1 friend
    • 5 reviews
    1.0 star rating
    6/5/2012

    Wasn't impressed, over price for what it is.

  • 1.0 star rating
    24/8/2011

    Overloaded pancakey pizza with a big helping of hideous customer service your thing? Well get yourself down to Il Bacio for a full on experience of both We've both been there on a few occasions and found we could forgive the just plain horrifying service whilst the pizzas were good. Unfortunately the other night found our party abused directly and indirectly, our genuine and friendly complaints scoffed at, and very bad soggy pizza to boot. Boy oh boy has this place got a lot to learn! Do they even know that their customers are living through tough time at the moment and need incentives to spend their hard earned cash. Treat us with respect or make way for someone that will!

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