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23 Prebend Street | Islington, London N1 8PF, England
+44 20 7226 2771
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  • Excellent90%
  • Very good7%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“pasta” (29 reviews)
“truffle” (2 reviews)
“italian food” (7 reviews)
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Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
23 Prebend Street | Islington, London N1 8PF, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Very authentic, cosy and lovely service - definitely the best pizza I've ever tasted (surprising as I've been to Italy!) Can't wait to come back.

Thank Sammy W
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Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Fabulous lunch with first class ingredients. Mouth-watering freshness. Sweets are to die for. Reasonably priced and friendly attentive staff. Cant wait to return.

Thank Gill R
Reviewed 1 September 2017

I'm so glad to see this small, family-run place getting the praise it deserves. It was the only restaurant we visited twice during a recent 5 day stay in London - it's that good. During nice weather, the low-key terrace is a perfect spot to...More

1  Thank sundogg99
Reviewed 16 August 2017

I live close by and have been here many times. The pizza is without doubt my favourite in London and I haven't had better in Italy. The staff are very helpful and friendly and the terrace is fantastically quiet, being off the main roads. I...More

Thank MadDogTV
marco s, Owner at Saponara, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2017
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Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

This place is a hidden gem off the busy roads of Highbury and Islington. My grandmother was Italian, I've travelled a lot through Italy, and this place brings true authentic delicious food. Not cheap (£60 for two) but totally worth it. Delicious and the service...More

Thank Simona0800
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

We visited this small Italian deli/restaurant for a late Saturday lunch and sat outside on the terrace which is nice as it is tree lined and on a quiet road. On this occasion we had a pizza (4xcheese) and Parma ham with melon - which...More

Thank Hungryfeesh
Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

Amazing authentic Italian food and wine! This is a must if you are in the Shoreditch/Islington area. It is reasonably priced and a great value. The service was great, very friendly, and clearly a family run restaurant. Do not miss out on this gem.

Thank Mva07
Reviewed 21 June 2017

We went early evening and had three stunning pasta dishes, unlike anything you'd normally come across in a standard Italian restaurant. Really recommend this place.

Thank Phobr
Reviewed 10 June 2017

Had a great meal here on a lovely sunny evening.Shared a pizza and salad,and a nice bottle of vermentino.All excellent.Popular spot,so booking advised.

Thank Mike G
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

We all love pizza right? I know that I do and having a partner from Italy means that we always have to find the authentic Italian places to eat......this is one of our favourites. Saponara is a well hidden little gem of a place, in...More

Thank Jamie R
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marco s
Thank you for taking time to write a comment. We appreciate all our customers comments. We are sorry that,you did not enjoy our home-made lasagna. We would like you to appreciate that takes over two hours to cook lasagne, from the ragu to the final blast fridge. We use only fresh ingredients: fresh british minced beef from our local italian butcher fresh home-made besciamella sauce fresh grated parmigiano fresh mozzarella (bufala,bufala affumicata,nomale for 3 different lasagne italian plum tomatoes in tomato sauce basil, salt.pepper We have been established for over 24 years and conduct market research on going basis, which help us to determine our prices. All our prices are displayed on 3 different menus 1 Take Away 2 Dining In plus the Special Pasta of the Day ( Tortelloni,Ravioloni,Girasoli, Gnocchi ripieni)etc Our teas are served either fresh leaf or dried from our variety of infutions. They are served in a pot which fills the tea cup more than twice at least for £ 2.40. We give our time and upmost effort in making sure our customers enjoy their food and service. However we take these matters very seriously at SAPONARA and if you did not enjoy your lasagna and tea as goodwill gesture, we would like to offer you a refund. Marco Saponara
25 February 2015|
Response from Giusi D |
Hello, I have a question, is there any chance to enjoy for a gluten free pizza. (Not frozen) because I like it and I can't eat gluten. Thanks Josie
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
8:30 AM - 11:00 PM
8:30 AM - 11:00 PM
8:30 AM - 11:00 PM
8:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 23 Prebend Street | Islington, London N1 8PF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7226 2771
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