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  • 4.0 star rating
    23/3/2012
    1 check-in here

    Crowded and loud, if you like that sort of thing. A bit upscale for the neighborhood. And a tad pretentious for an establishment with paper napkins. Still, my insulata Italia was lovely, my penetta carbonara was very good,  i loved my panna cotta, (excellent presentation), and may return for it alone. I may have a new favorite liquor in the Strega.  And the service was very good.

    There was a wall mounted lamp about a foot over the table. It was impossible to eat without whacking it with my hand every few bites.

  • 2.0 star rating
    29/7/2013
    1 check-in here
    Listed in 2013 Spartan

    I popped into Il Ponte Ristorante on Friday after my LASIK for a quick bite to eat with my sisters before I passed out. From all appearances, it seems pretty nice but turns out appearances can be deceiving.

    The staff were quite rude to my sisters as they got there while I was still in surgery and weren't 100% sure if I would be up for joining. So they asked for a table for 3 people and when asked where the 3rd was, merely said they thought I'd be joining in a little bit. The response from the waiter was to interrogate them on just how long I'd be and if they were sure I'd join. I can understand the questions (although never the poor attitude) if you have a line out the door facing a long wait, but when the place is half empty you gotta wonder just what's the point?

    We moved on to food with pizza and pasta being the picks of the day along with some white wine spritzers. The pizza was average at best with a decent base but fairly limp and tasteless toppings. To be fair, I had just had Homeslice earlier that day which is a tough  act to follow, but for a tenner I expect something with a bit of flavour. The pasta was cooked al dente with a rich creamy sauce. Not too bad, but keep in mind it will fill you up if you're aiming to finish it alone. The spritzers are very much watered down - which in this case was actually a good thing given I was slightly out of it - but probably not worth the money otherwise.

    The next morning I had to return for a check up and stopped by the adjoining Café del Ponte for a bite to eat. I grabbed a chocolate chunk muffin and regretted it on the first bite. The muffin was dry and needed some salt and sugar to bring out the flavours - even the chocolate was fairly mild so the end result was a crumbly fist-sized chunk of dry bread.

    Overall, I'd have to say that while the place looks great, there is no substance to back up the style and you're better off hitting McDonald's. At least you'll get what you pay for!

  • 4.0 star rating
    10/3/2010

    This is a lovely restaurant, with a contemporary feel to it and fantastic food.

    The wine is as good quality as the food, and the Peroni is always decently chilled too !

    For anything from a huge carbonara, wood fired pizza to delicious mussels il Ponte is where it's at.

    Whether it's a date or catchup with friends, you won't be disappointed eating here.

    Hope that helps,
    Andy P.

  • 4.0 star rating
    20/10/2009

    I have a bit of history with this family and their restaurants. I first came across them when they had a restaurant on the High Street at the top of Crystal Palace, called Ferrari's. I was working in Beckenham at the time and would sometimes make my way up there for a spot of lunch or post work feed. My favourite being a pizza made in a wood fired over, on the menu as the Diavola. Hmmmmm tasty, salivating just remembering it.

    Now I moved office to Croydon and would still head all that way for the occasional feed, only to be told one day that they were opening a restaurant in Croydon (I think they have three or four now). To my immense pleasure the place in Croydon had some of the waiting staff I had got to know at Ferrari's, and very familiar menu (hey if it ain't broke..).

    Pizza is great. Desserts are brilliant.

    I wonder if they'll open up in Clerkenwell now?

  • 4.0 star rating
    5/2/2009
    First to Review

    The name Il Ponte refers to the flyover under which is located. It's not the most prepossessing situation, but don't let that put you off, as this is a very decent, comfortable and reasonably authentic Italian.

    Once inside, the interior is very spacious (when it's quiet, it can feel a little cavernous) and decorated in a clean, modern style - browns and creams. There are banquettes along one wall and tables elsewhere, with a central island bar area. They have a disabled toilet on the ground floor and swanky modern toilets upstairs.

    The food is pretty standard Italian - this is a small chain, after all, so the menu is interesting enough without including anything to scare the less adventurous, and the specials - such as spaghetti with lobster (£16) - provide a few more original dishes. The wine menu is similarly decent enough, with a good house red. Expect to pay around £20-£25 for two courses with wine. A bonus for me is that they are happy to supply a free jug of tap water. Good on them.

    The staff are very friendly and attentive, and brought exactly what we asked; if I have a gripe it was that they were a little too attentive (but then it was a very quiet evening in bad weather, so there were as many staff as customers). It's our friend's favourite town centre Italian in Croydon, and I will happy to go back there.

    • Qype User slowdo…
    • Redhill, Surrey
    • 117 friends
    • 52 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    12/12/2007

    Situated in the less-than-picturesque location underneath the Croydon flyover, this large Italian restaurant delivers what you'd expect from a half-decent Italian place: plenty of antipasti, pasta and pizza options, as well as meat and fish dishes. Nicely uncontroversial for your less adventurous friends, yet tasty enough for gastronomes not to complain too much.

    Specials are almost always worth going for - e.g. spaghetti with lobster - and worth trying over the standard menu, although the pasta is cooked nicely al dente, and the pizzas are nicely thin and crispy.

    When I went the other day, we turned up without a reservation with a party of 6 adults and 3 babies. The waiters could not have been more accommodating, and were incredibly helpful - they didn't bat an eyelid when asked to provide boiled water or zap some baby food in a microwave.

    • Qype User Superj…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 47 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    Il Ponte is simply a fantastic restaurant.
    I have been there twice and the food is absolutley delicious, the staff are incredibly polite and courteous and the atmosphere is incredibly sexy.
    I took a girl on there for a first date and needless to say there was a second date which I know is due to this restaurant!
    Absolutely recommended!

    • Qype User Buzzbo…
    • London
    • 6 friends
    • 131 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    16/11/2008

    This restaurant was recommended to us so we thought we would have something different and have a nice meal out. The restaurant is stylish and you could smell the luxury when you walk through those doors. I almost felt like we did not belong there, like we're too ordinary to be there. We stayed and got a nice table. The place seemed to be half full and you could hear that all the waiters was Italian which made the place more authentic. The menu was a bit pricey but the food was worth it. My partner mentioned that it is one of those places you see on tv giving you small portions of food, more the decorative stuff but we were stuffed when we walked out of there. Not a bad experience after all and a nice classy place to add to Croydon.

    • Qype User Nikki_…
    • London
    • 4 friends
    • 59 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    28/5/2009

    This reaturant is just simply fabulous. The food is the most delicious I have had outside of Italy. It is so fresh and a delight to the tastebuds. I had calamari starter, which can sometimes be deep fried batter rings but not at Il Ponte. They are succulent and you get a great portion size. I had the beef for main, which was cooked just right and the sauces were lovely and refreshing. I love how the food is traditional cusine, not a chip in sight! I though I couldn't manage a dessert but the somehow it was just too gorgeous to resist!!

    The service was wonderful and welcoming, adding a great Italian feel. I recommend this place to any food lover.

    • Qype User Glendi…
    • London
    • 3 friends
    • 3 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    27/1/2009

    I love this place. The staff are very helpful and polite, and always there when you need them and out of the way when you dont. This is my favourite place for whenever I don't feel like cooking but I don't want a takeaway either, and hasn't let me down. Try the poussin in wine sauce, it's great. But what I really really love is the coconut ice-cream, served in a coconut shell, simply delicious. They also have the lemon sorbet served in a lemon skin, and it also looks and tastes fantastic. And the music is just at the right level of volume, as you dont have to shout to have a conversation!

    • Qype User mrpe…
    • London
    • 4 friends
    • 12 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    9/3/2011

    The service is always good and the food delicious. The price is slightly above average but you get a good amount of food. The quality of the food is also above average. I've always thoroughly enjoyed my meals but the company helps too!

    • Qype User harmon…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 1 review
    4.0 star rating
    18/9/2008

    Good food don't come cheap.IL PONTE the place to be for ITALIAN food lovers.Service was second to none,trust me.Big up Benito and crew in Croydon.

    • Qype User gemini…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 2 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    3/3/2012

    considering previous reviews I would say the move across the road seems to have changed a lot. I found the food to lack in flavor, the service was impersonal and cold. calamari starter looked and tasted much like the one at a near by restaurant that has the word express in their name, tomato and basil salad had no basil to be seen and were just 5 sad slices of unripe tomatoes on a white plate. for main, veal escalopes with mushrooms and side of roast potato, same comment no a sprig of rosemary or thyme or anything remotely flavorful in the dishes. 2 small pieces of veal floating in a lot of cream and a few slices of button mushrooms. Place looks and food tastes like it should be a chain restaurant. big disappointment after reading previous reviews!

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