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  • “A very famous pizzeria in the Finsbury Park area, always very busy, with an incredibly noisy and warm staff.” in 4 reviews

    Noise Level: Very Loud

  • “Portions are on the large size, but staff are more than happy to provide a doggy bag to take home leftovers (nothing nicer than cold pizza for lunch the next day!) so there's no waste.” in 2 reviews

  • Pizzas are made in a traditional oven near the front of the restaurant.” in 2 reviews

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  • 5.0 star rating
    3/4/2014

    If you wanna try real italian food with excellent taste and genuine italian atmosphere this is in Pappagone.
    Best pizza ever had in London in 4 years.

  • 4.0 star rating
    23/7/2014

    Someone says it is the best pizza in London, so I have travelled this far to try it.

    The place is actually very big and the menu quite long. I tried the "parmigiana" pizza as it was suggested to me by the Italian Farmers bartender..it is indeed quite good, with buffalo mozzarella and fried aubergines!

    The service is okay, considering I was there on a friday night and the place was really crowded.

    Not bad at all and quite cheap, but I am not sure it is the best pizza in town.

  • 4.0 star rating
    25/7/2014
    1 check-in here

    A massive menu absolutely full of winners. It's well priced and always busy/full in the evenings so book if you can, but once you're say down the service is pretty fast.
    They have a good selection of pasta and seafood but I'd recommend the deep fried mozzarella balls to start and then any pizza is good. Enjoy!

  • 3.0 star rating
    21/12/2013

    Seemingly the most popular eatery in finsbury park. Its not bad, but I am genuinely confused by how popular this place is versus the various other nearby options.

    Food and drink are reasonably priced but nothing spectacular by any means. Interior is quite cool and i appreciate the football vibe. Just my opinion but I feel overall this place is still over-scored. Goes to show there is room in finsbury park for new competition.

  • 4.0 star rating
    21/10/2011
    1 check-in here

    What a wonderful gem in the gritty streets of Finsbury Park/Stroud Green....this place is sooo worth giving a try if you are in the mood for comfort food.

    This is your ultimate neighbourhood Italian restaurant: staff seems to be exclusively Italian (at least they all behave that way), they are super-friendly, and the place is always darn packed with locals. Seriously, try to get a table for four on a weekend evening and you're probably in for quite a wait...but this wait is well worth spending.

    The food is solid in all instances...it's not epicurian heaven, but all the dishes that we sampled (pastas, pizzas, starters) were tasted fantastic and the whole buzz around you contributed to your party having a good time as well. (Having said that, I would probably not go here on a romantic date, nor alone...that might just be a little bit too depressing! ;-)

    Nevertheless...try out this local gem!

  • 5.0 star rating
    23/2/2009

    When you're a Pappagone you're a Pappagone for life.
    From your very first crust to your very last limoncello shot.

    Welcome to A Stroud Green Story, where the two gangs of Pappagones and Porchettas fight it out for Finsbury Park pizza and pasta dominance.

    Me, I nailed my colours to Pappagone some time ago. Sure, I flirted with Porchetta next door for a while, but they lost me the day my sister poured sugar all over her pizza after mistaking it for grated parmesan. Pappagone would never trick one of my family like that, no matter how dim she is. No, Pappagone's look after you... "Hey, you're a regular... have some free limoncello!"

    The atmosphere is always fun, which goes someway to explaining the usual queue to get a table. Both Pappagone's and Porchetta next door are big, loud and do a range of luscious thin crust stone-baked Italian pizzas and big slurpy pasta dishes. It's weird that two of the best pizzas in England are side-by-side in Finsbury Park. Is it the air?

    Porchetta have gone on to become a chain around town, but Pappagone's remains original with that great Italian family feeling. That's why I've joined their gang. I love eating here.

  • 3.0 star rating
    3/8/2011

    I used to be a regular customer at Pappagone when I lived in North London.
    Being Italian, I love my pastas and pizzas, and you can definetely find great Italian food here! Prices are more than reasonable and portions are huge! Most of the time I have to ask for a doggy-bag to take my leftovers home.
    The atmosphere is also very nice and friendly. Make sure to book on weekends, or you might have to wait a long time for a table.

  • 4.0 star rating
    8/11/2008
    Listed in Top Restaurants

    From the outside, looking in, this place doesn't look like it's going to offer much in the way of great quality food, but looks can be deceiving.

    Upon first impressions, this seems like a real family restaurant. The staff recognise a few in our party straight away and are welcoming and jovial.

    The night we went, there were 15 of us. We made a reservation, were seated immediately and once we'd ordered, the starters came within 15 minutes, which was not bad at all.

    The thing I noticed the most about the food here was just how big the portions were! There's nothing worse when you don't get what you pay for but Pappagone is not scrimping on portions at all.

    Once our pizza had come, I was surprised at just how huge it was and had to share with a friend. The food was hearty and really tasty. All the pizzas are cooked in a wood-fired oven.

    My favourite thing about this place was their selection of tasty Italian ice-creams. I cannot begin to tell you how great the chocolate hazelnut ice cream was and you can ask to have a little taster of each flavour first.

    I'd definitely recommend going back if you want to celebrate a birthday or just take a bunch of friends, this is the perfect, relaxed sociable atmosphere for the start of a big night out.

  • 5.0 star rating
    26/11/2008

    Italian food at its best! I often go here with the same group of people every couple of months on a Sunday afternoon always leaving full to the brim and ever so slightly tipsy from the complimentary (times 4) grappa!

    The pizzas, pastas and calzones are out of this world! You can add any toppings you want. The ingredients are fresh and the food is all made with such love.

    The staff top this place off! They are Italian and passionate and friendly about their restaurant and food, always cracking jokes and so good with children.

    Calamari fritti con zucchini is my favourite starter, absolutely tasty and not too filling so enough room for your main! Choosing a pizza is always difficult - last time I went for the Calzone alla Partenopea - definitely recommend with extra chilli. Just superb!

  • 4.0 star rating
    22/8/2012

    Good, bustling, reliable Italian or pizza. It's conveniently located, as well. I don't really have a lot bad to say about it, but it gets only four stars because the largeness of it makes the ambiance suffer a bit. It was pretty noisy, too.

    But the food is solidly good. Not the best Italian, but for the price and the amount of food you get, it's definitely a neighborhood staple.

  • 5.0 star rating
    10/8/2011

    They totally know me here!  Well...at the very least they make me feel like they do, which is a good feeling!

    If you're cool with it, they'll always welcome you into the restaurant with a shake of the hand. It certainly makes you look good in front of your guests (even more if you act suave) so this has become my choice-restaurant when I have visitors to tend to.

    But It's not just the "who-you-know" factor that warrants me taking my friends there, its the food itself.  Great menu with good options that describes every meal, amazing portions, with stellar ingredients and taste that either proudly reminds you of one's Italian roots (like me!) or leaves you wishing your surname ended with a vowel too!

    Multiple times I have had to bring the meal home with me so I still haven't had the gelato or puddings, but what I do know is that from the welcome handshake to your late-night's or next morning's cold pizza, you've made the right choice!

  • 5.0 star rating
    20/12/2007
    First to Review

    I visited this place for an end of work project party courtesy of employers. Tired, cold, and coming down with a virus I wasn't sure if I was really in the mood. Needless to say I ended up loving it! It definitely lived up to it's motto of 'It's a nice place to stuff your face'.

    Even on a Sunday it was pretty busy. Our party of twenty was escorted to the back where they'd moved together smaller tables to make one long one. It definitely meant a need for co-operation if anyone wanted to go to the loo! But it was reasonably comfy once you'd found your place.

    Wine was quickly served (and very nice). We had a bit of a wait before the pizzas and pastas started arriving, but when they did it was in style. Suddenly waiters were zipping up and down with bulging plates, trying to locate who'd ordered what. A couple of people who'd arrived late did have a bit more of a wait before their food came, but most of the group was served within minutes, and they only had to wait about fifteen minutes more. Not bad with a group of twenty I think. The latecomers actually finished their food before I finished mine.

    Pizzas are made in a traditional oven near the front of the restaurant. Pasta appears from a (visible) kitchen at the back. My pizza was lovely. Crispy, slightly irregular base, rich cheese, creamy spinach and ricotta, flavoursome sun dried tomatoes. My only problem with it was it was a little rich, and I had to resort to a ginger beer to keep my tummy settled! Actually there seemed to be a little bit of a problem and a wait before my drink appeared, and I suspect they may have sent out for it. Top points for that if so. Everybody's food looked lovely and fresh, and some swapping took place!

    On a budget of about £10 per head we all had a main and wine, and left with stuffed stomachs and in a happy mood. Definitely recommended.

    • Qype User AnnieH…
    • London
    • 84 friends
    • 94 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    28/11/2008

    Authentic italian dishes, amazing, friendly staff who always greet you with a smile and an incredibly warm welcome - I can't recommend this place strongly enough!

    We moved to Harringay a couple of years ago and stumbled across the restaurant on Stroud Green Road just by chance, but I'm so glad we did. The first time we went it was just me and my boyfriend, but after receiving such attentive and efficient service (sorry to hear the guy's experience with his daughter's 9th birthday party - I don''t have children and have never taken children to the restaurant so my experience will obviously be somewhat different to yours, but all I can say is the staff are such good fun and usually embrace birthday parties so enthusiastically - they must've been having a very rare off day.) we've been back many times with different friends and my parents and the restaurant caters perfectly for all.

    The clay oven and area where the chefs make traditional italian pizzas is mesmerizing to watch and the end result is delicious! Portions are on the large size, but staff are more than happy to provide a doggy bag to take home leftovers (nothing nicer than cold pizza for lunch the next day!) so there's no waste.

    The atmosphere is buzzy, friendly and pretty fast, but having been just with my partner and then in groups, it suits everyone. The staff again are great at identifying a perfect table and ensuring your every need is catered for.

    This is one of my favourite restaurants because of the tremendous quality of food and amazing atmosphere. I feel so lucky we have this on our door stop, but if you're not local, do pay Pappagone's a visit - you won't be disappointed (erm, unless you maybe have a large party of under 9s??!)

  • 4.0 star rating
    15/4/2013
    1 check-in here ROTD 11/7/2013
    Listed in Centurion 2013

    Pizza. Did you hear me? PIZZA! Now. At a start of what turned out to be a very boozy night I had an epiphany: I needed Pizza to survive this. So before hitting the bars we decided to line our stomachs at this lovely Italian restaurant near Finsbury Park. We have been here before and have always been happy. What is there not to like: Yummy pizza served by yummy Italian waiters! They greet you like they know you and haven't seen you in a while and they are charming and friendly. Sadly that night we were surrounded by screaming children and decided to retreat to tables near the bar, so we could actually hear ourselves. Otherwise a very nice eating experience with a huge pizza for me and black squid spaghetti for my friend. Great food all around.

  • 4.0 star rating
    9/3/2012

    not a bad place for a Pizza and drink  haven't tried the other dishes on offer but they sound great. I think that Franco Manca have got to have taken the prize for Pizza in London but this place is very close to their quality though not quite as good  sorry Pappagone fans!
    It tends to be busy most nights  but its got a real nice buzz and the food is tasty..so give it a whirl you won't be disappointed

    • Qype User broken…
    • Essen, Germany
    • 3 friends
    • 67 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    15/11/2008

    If you want a real pizza in London, this is the place to go. Stone-oven baked pizzas with the best, authentic topics make for a mouthwatering dish.
    Wine is good and the prices are very reasonable. Authentic food and service, the owner is incredibly nice and it is fun to watch the pizzas being made.
    Try it!

    • Qype User John_L…
    • Warsaw, Poland
    • 0 friends
    • 5 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    17/6/2010

    Have you been in the area, or do you live there and haven't yet gone to Pappagone? Well, check your pulse because you may actually be dead.
    It's an awesome place, full of great Italian vibe and the food is fantastico!

    I have taken a few of my Italian friends there and they were rally impressed so that's telling. The waiters and chefs are all Italian and super friendly. The pizzas are yummy and not too expensive at all. Even though it's a pizzeria, you can find bigger selection of Italian cousine there.

    The place can get pretty crowded on the weekends but definitely worth a visit. There is a little bar there too and you can watch footie on the screen too while enjoying the sound of vuvuzelas.

    • Qype User bandos…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 13 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    18/9/2010

    A very famous pizzeria in the Finsbury Park area, always very busy, with an incredibly noisy and warm staff. They have a very wide bar floor, where you can watch football on the big screen, choose between a selection of cocktails, and also order and eat your pizza.

    Pizza is the reason to go there, but especially if you have something to celebrate, like a birthday, tell to a member of staff, and they will bring you a surprise-pudding...

    It lost its flair during the years, now the place has become a busy money-machine, but it's still worth a go for a night in good company.

    • Qype User kerrym…
    • London
    • 4 friends
    • 25 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    23/6/2012

    This place is just the best!! The owners and staff of Pizzeria Pappagone have absolutely mastered the art of the family restaurant. I have never recieved anything but the warmest of welcomes, truly sincere and consistent every time. The food is very well priced and tastes delicious. I really think these guys just dont DO a bad dish.
    I can't recommend this place enough. Its as comfortable being a couple oout for a meal or for a family of 10.
    A brilliant place and one of my favourite restaurants anywhere in the world!
    GO as soon as your feet can carry you. You will not be disappointed.
    Here's last nights incredible lasagne instagr.am/p/MNpk7wO6p_

  • 2.0 star rating
    5/1/2014

    Food ok but manager tried to make us leave just after we ordered dessert. He said he had told us he needed the table when we arrived ( he hadn't). When we mentioned problems with the service, he called our waitress over and shouted at her in front of us. Not cool.

    • Qype User JujWal…
    • London
    • 32 friends
    • 210 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    28/3/2008

    Discovered this place recently and was really impressed with the quality and prices of this pizzeria. We ordered a take away for a whole party of people and all the pizzas arrived quickly and were hot and tasty! Haven't eaten in the restaurant yet but am looking forward to trying it out.

    • Qype User Pand…
    • Amersham, Buckinghamshire
    • 2 friends
    • 59 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    18/11/2008

    Great real Italian pizzas here for a very good price. Can eat here for under a tenner. Great boisterous Italian atmosphere with the waiters creating lots of noise. Good to come with a group of friends. Has been pretty busy every time we have been, sometimes with a queue at the door, though we have not had to wait long for a table. There is takeaway sevice available if you prefer not to wait. I would recommend this restaurant to groups and to smaller parties.

    • Qype User TheAnt…
    • London
    • 3 friends
    • 23 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    18/1/2011

    -mazin'. Save your time cutting out pizza express vouchers and try this place for better food and a bit of character (check out the business cards...) Generous portions and great calzone.

    • Qype User Shazbu…
    • London
    • 1 friend
    • 4 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    11/3/2011

    We love this place, it is the absolute best.

    S & S

    • Qype User gradeo…
    • London
    • 1 friend
    • 3 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    16/11/2012

    Delicious pizzas, fast service, don't have anything to complain about! My favorite is the pizza with four types of cheese. I like how the different tastes are mixed, nice combination.

    • Qype User Suaves…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 2 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    6/5/2009

    Absolutely love this place.

    Firstly, it's the atmosphere of the place, as mentioned elsewhere there is always a birthday or other celebration going on here, and the staff are fantastic, friendly and helpful.

    They have a lovely range of pasta & pizza dishes, and the prices are excellent value. I take my daughter here at least once a week, and she loves the Carbonara and the pizza garlic bread.

    You do get very large portions, so if you're going for a lunchtime, it's worth asking for a smaller portion, otherwise afternoon work tends to be a little less productive!
    If I there is one thing I'd like them to improve, it's the wine list. It's pretty non-existent, and could do with a little more work, but everything else is grand

    • Qype User kikegu…
    • London
    • 1 friend
    • 1 review
    4.0 star rating
    24/2/2011

    Excellent italian food for one of the busiest place on Stroud Green Road. Friendly service and great atmosphere.

    • Qype User sarahp…
    • London
    • 4 friends
    • 38 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    30/3/2011

    Had a friends birthday here. There was near 20 of us and we were very well looked after. Food was mega good and staff were understanding to dietary requirements . I left half trollied with a smile on my face.

    • Qype User RAPA…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 2 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    10/1/2009

    Pizzeria Pappagone, in fact bar pizzeria Pappagone was founded in 1998 by Marco, an Italian bloke who is still seen on place most evenings.

    This is a party place, I do not remember a time when there was not a birthday or some celebration going on and staf seem to really enjoy making noise, signing and some time even dancing around.

    Food is good, and it is not expensive and they have a large selection of dishes, not only Pizzas although I only tried their pizzas.

    Servings are large and with most pizzas priced around 6 pounds, this is surely a place I recommend both for a party of people and even a date, as long as you do not mind some noise and happiness around you.

    • Qype User peterm…
    • Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan
    • 2 friends
    • 4 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    25/4/2012

    Another great place to go. But do book early. ESP on Fridays n Saturdays. As this place is always packed. Great ice-cream there too

    • Qype User barry3…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 6 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    17/10/2012

    By far, one of the best italian restaurants in london! Lovely margeheretta pizza alongside garlic bread, delicious deserts as well! Absolutely love this place. D

    • Qype User Ollyro…
    • London
    • 4 friends
    • 3 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    7/5/2011

    Best pizzeria in London , have goone there for over 12 years !!!

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

    The best sea food risotto I've tried in a long time The prices are ok.no delivery which is a bit of a headache If you love ice cream you must try there's..amaze balls!!!!

  • 1.0 star rating
    28/7/2010

    After moving to the finsbury park area recently I was really looking forward to eating at pappagone tonight. Unfortunately I have just returned to my flat feeling sick and sorry... As a vegetarian I expect that when I order a pizza vegeteriana I get a pizza devoid of any meat toppings. As I was tucking into my pizza vegetariana tonight I noticed a big pink topping (half eaten) on my slice. I turn, shocked, to my carnivourous other half and ask him what he thinks that suspicious pink topping is. He wrenches it off my slice and tells me in no uncertain way that it is the same ham featured on his pizza capriciosa! At this point I start feeling very unwell and manage to dig around in my, to my eyes, now inedible pizza to uncover some more meaty looking scraps! Oh joy. I havent had to accidently consume meat since various cultural and linguistical misunderstandings led me to eat a meat pastry in northern Brazil 2 years ago. After rejecting an offer of a different dish we didnt have to pay for our meal at all but I really wanted to love this place - being just around the corrner from my new pad but, alas, I am now sitting at home, awaiting a shop-bought pizza from my oven, swishing the physical and physcological taste of meat out of my mouth with copious amounts of cheap red wine!

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