Finsbury Park? is the response I inevitably get when I tell someone about the best place to have a pizza in town - better even than Soho's Spaccanapoli, my previous favourite.
This place also scores highly for wine at £10 per bottle - you can eat like a king (share the risotto, it's vast) for less than £20 per head inclusive.
Owner and staff are charming and friendly; committed to quality and a nice atmosphere. They deliver as far as the City; you won't find better quality there so find a park bench if you're in the square mile and get a delivery to that.
I do NOT recommend delivery from Venezia. It was quite possibly the worst bunch of delivery food ever dropped to my doorstep! So sad....
We were craving Italian, and wiped out from a long week...so we quickly did a search and located Venezia. Great. Order placed and 1 hour later...our food arrives.
I first notice the "KING" Prawns. These cost 8 quid. I was expecting that it would be a few of them, maybe some nice dipping sauce. Nothing too fancy.
What I got? A tin with TWO SHRIMP. Two. Sad little shrimpies. Floating in some type of super greasy red sauce, with cut up sausage that looked like hot dog chunks. TWO SHRIMP. I was baffled. It was bad. And cold. I threw the whole thing in the trash. 8 QUID IN THE TRASH!
The salads were also quite small for their price, but fresh at the very least and containing the right allotment of items. No complaints there.
The pizza was good looking, if not a bit dry.
But the King Prawns...awful. Really, not acceptable.
So for about 50....I ate a salad, and we groaned that we should've just run out and gotten kebabs around the corner.
Perhaps Venezia is great for takeaway or dine-in (the other reviews seem to think so!) and their web site is quite easy to order from...but I would never order again.
KING PRAWN FAIL!
This pizzeria does great takeaway and is very fast. The pizzas themselves are wood fired and the ingredients both fresh and delicious, although I feel offering deep pan and thick crusts is pandering a little to larger, corporate chains - not naming any names! Or perhaps that's because I'm too much of a purist.
The pizza arrived within 30 minutes, and the delivery boy was polite and had change. I shared the Vizietto (Mozzarella, wood roast courgettes, goat's cheese, red onion, cherry tomatoes, garlic and olives) with a friend and a parma ham salad which was delicious and great value for money. Comes highly recommended.
I been yesterday night in venezia and orderd pizza,salad,and drinks,after just 8 minuts pizza was ready and i realy can say it was the pizza ever had in london (stunning,awesome,real napolitan pizza)salads was good and fresh.
i recomend to any body just go and try them.
Not bad pizzas, average prices and now they have this monday deal 1/2 metre pizza is at price for 13" so you can save 7 gbp which is really neat.
Well nice pizzas. They have a proper oven, and you order by the meter (so imperial martyrs won't be happy heh!). They also have normal pizzas in inches and all, but you can basically get enough for 3 people with a metre, and they'll chuck in two "flavours". They do deliveries, but you can also stay there, they have a handful of tables. It's quite cozy (maybe a bit too much! It's really tiny!). They have salads and other things, but we only had pizza. Pizza is thin and crispy, and generally, very good.
Just really damned fine pizza. I like Firezza well enough, but Venezia do thinner and crispier bases and equally top-notch fresh ingredients, so they win. Always v friendly too...
Great to find this place on Qype! Delicious wood fired pizzas (some of the best in London in my book). Nearest tube is Finsbury Park, but if you are travelling by train you can also go to Crouch Hill. Try the Quattro Gusti. Delicious!
What a gem! This incredibly good value Italian pizza place gave us some of the best pizza any of us have ever eaten (and we've eaten rather a lot of pizza). We stayed there for three hours, played cards and had the sort of wonderful, cheap, relaxed evening which isn't that common when eating out in London on a Friday night.
I was originally looking for a good BYO near Finsbury Park, and was drawn to this place by the astonishingly good reviews (give it a google and see). Although listed as BYO still, they now sell wine (rather nice wine for a tenner actually - some organic stuff which is more interesting than the usual supermarket staples) . I rung them to find out if we could bring some instead, as were on a tight budget. The lovely man on the phone was so charming that by the end I think I'd have gone there no matter what, but we made a deal whereby we bought one bottle at the restaurant and took one with us from home for no corkage charge.
We got there and the place was absolutely empty - there's a tiny seating area and a Massive wood burning oven - it looked more like a take-away place than a restaurant and we were suddenly unsure. However, we were very early (7ish I think) so we sat down and hoped some more people would come along.
I can't tell you whether they did or not because we all got far too distracted by the food. We ordered some starters - a goats cheese/aubergine garlic bread and some olives and from that moment on were hooked. They were huge and delicious - piles of excellent, perfectly ripe green olives (far harder to find that you might think - the best places can get olives wrong) and the garlic bread was the size of the largest takeaway pizzas; with tons of good, strong goats cheese and gorgeously charcoaly aubergines.
The mains were equally wonderful - my friend and I shared a half metre of pizza (around £15). You can pick toppings every quarter metre. I'd particularly recommend the simple and glorious buffalo mozzerella and vine tomato. It is honestly the best of its kind that I have ever had - even counting those in Italy!
At the end we had banoffee pies and they gave us some free tiramusu because apparently it was particularly good (it was). What else can I say, really? I have ranted quite enough. Basically - go there. Go there now, at once, before other people find it. Do not pass go and do not collect £200 - there are increasingly few places in London you can get top quality, low prices and a relaxed atmosphere, and this is most definitely one.
Stroud Green Road can you believe it, has 3 great pizza places. This is, or rather I should say, was the best kept secret. 'Wood fired oven' and 'authentic' seem to be the two phrases best loved by pizza restaurants. Lord knows, if you don't have a wood oven you're no one in this business. Do your pizza by the metre and maybe you have something that others don't have. Offer parma ham bread, or squash, pesto and cherry tomato bread or goats cheese and aubergine bread as starters and you definitely have one up on the competition in my book. Venezia has it all and more. The variety on their menu is extraordinary, salivating and so very very exciting. Pizza porn. What could be better. I first tried their pizza when searching for an alternative to my beloved Il Bacio who'd deliver to Tufnell Park (just out of reach for Il Bacio who won't deliver here 'cos the pizza would get cold -respect). Up popped Venezia from a legubrious list of Papa Johns and Dominoes. Keeping it simple we ordered regular garlic bread and a nepolitana. We weren't hugely impressed by this daliance truth be told. Their magic thermal pizza carry transport bag things seem not to do the job as well as they'd like to claim. But undeterred and naturally adventurous we decided on paying them a visit. Opinion revived by putting a foot in the door and eating in house. This is where their strenghts lie. Great food, great place, lovely staff and now a drinks licence. What more could you want?
This place was wonderful! We arrived at 7.30 on a Friday evening, and spent 3 lovely hours drinking their very cheap but tasty wine, and eating their huge portions of delicious pizzas. I can highly recommend the garlic bread topped with goats cheese and auberine, and their olives, which were definitly enough of a starter for 4 of us. The service was friendly, the atmosphere delightful, and the food fantastic! Cant recommend this restaurant highly enough.
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