I went here for lunch with my coworkers after they guaranteed it was the best pizza in London. I wasn't disappointed!
Lovely Italian delicacies, chocolates and cookware fill the deli from floor to ceiling. Being Christmas time, they had a wide selection of Panettones to purchase and amazing gift baskets.
The owner is very nice and everyone who works there is genuine Italian!
The pizza was amazing, fresh ingredients, thin crispy crust. Amazing!! I booked immediately for dinner the following night to try their handmade pasta.
They also do private parties if you're looking for a cozy venue and great food.
I'll soon be calling myself a regular.
Excellent pizzas. I particularly like the atmoshpere for its taste of The Sopranos.
Found this deli by accident while taking a short-cut to Essex Road. Beautiful dark interior with lots of knick-knacks and books on the walls and counter, but with a small uncluttered dining area. There's outside seating which is ideal in the current time of year.
I've only been here a couple of times so far and only for take-away, but I was impressed with the quality of the food and the service. I had the toasted focaccia with ham, mozzarella, sun-dried tomato & olive tapenade on one occasion and the beef, mushroom & smoked buffalo mozzarella lasagne with truffle oil the second time - both were very satisfying.
Great, homey, authentic little Italian deli tucked away just off a quaint little church yard. The pizza is delicious, although just a little bit on the pricey side. The custard tarts are a bargain at £1 each, with crisp shells and smooth filling.
The older gentleman is very warm and friendly, and was happy to offer my 8yo daughter a generous slice of prosciutto when he heard how much she likes it.
All in all, it's a local hidden gem that I am glad to have right around the corner.
Why doesn't this lovely little place have a list of great reviews already?
Saponara can be found, conveniently for me but not for them, diagonally opposite Islington's Packington estate, where demand for truffle oil and Lingua della Suocera* is likely to be low although, I imagine, other grander residences nearby are well-stocked with the deli's delicacies.
I visit every six months, following visits to my dentist in Packington Square (the terrific, painless Maxine O' Grady at Charles Landau's surgery). A few gulps of their great coffee are usually enough to distract me from a numbed maxilliofacial muscle and, if I've not been 'treated', I'll stop for lunch.
A fairly typical choice of Italian panini, although their food is more tasty than usual deli fare. Soups are delicious - cream of courgette soup was on offer the day I was there. Fresh pasta is sold at the counter and an interesting selection of tinned and bottled Italian imports, along with a good few shelves of great Italian wines, is on offer.
A bowl of soup, at £3.95 - isn't exactly cheap, but it's not really that kind of place - the place is busy lunchtimes with a devoted clientele and Saponara brands itself more as a high-quality, high-end deli that lays on food for its cognoscenti friends.
The owner (owners?) are charming, funny, helpful and welcoming. A few square metres of la patria, in Islington.
*The astonishing 'Mother-in-law' biscuit. Like langues du chat, but longer, and rougher...
flickr.com/photos/rubber… (thanks to Rubber Slippers in Italy)
Their white truffle oil, at £6.95 for 40ml, is pretty good value and, available in three choices of fancy bottle, makes a brilliant gift.
So, hidden away deli-type of place: they have a big counter full of cheese and salami and stuff. They also have an outside space, a nearly-inside space (it's the outside space but covered with some canvas/gazebo type of thing), and an inside space.
They have a fairly large variety of panine and focaccia, as well as pizzas and pasta dishes. There's also random nice stuff like arancini. In general, the food was good (had pizza and a panini), although expensive (hence the 3 stars). On the other hand, there was no pressure to move and we stayed there a while reading and chatting.
Going back to the food, the pizza was nice (think and crispy), and the panini was a bit of a mouthful (dislodge your jaw to make it fit in). The pasta looked gorgeous too. We also had a ricotta cannolli, which was very nice, although verging on the extortionate (5 quid!).
It appears that if you choose wisely, you can enjoy a good meal/brunch and still keep it reasonable. It can also prove to be quite expensive too.
Antipasti,Pasta Fresca,stoned baked Pizza,Dolci,
Established in 1989.
We started as normal continental store and little by little we become one
of the popular Italian deli-Pizzeria in london
winning many awards.
Worked many years in the catering trade.