Il Bacio

178 - 184 Blackstock Road
Highbury
North London N5 1HA
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About Il Bacio

Born from a desire to bring traditional Italian food to London, Il Bacio restaurant in Highbury is a restaurant with a particular focus on the cuisine of Sardinia. A modern, light filled space, Il Bacio is a glass fronted dining room with an airy, gallery vibe to it, the simplistic furnishings and clean styling creating a real feeling of space and a chilled out atmosphere. The ‘mesmerising flavours of the beautiful island of Sardinia’ is the inspiration behind Il Bacio’s menu, and indeed the kitchen team put a great deal of passion in to their cookery, taking the best of their homeland and bringing it to the British capital in a comprehensive menu of pasta, risotto, meat, fish and salad dishes with seafood a particular specialty. Also a pizzeria, Il Bacio offers its guests traditional Italian pizzas topped with the old favourites and with Sardinian informed ingredients not so often seen in your typical pizza joint. Il Bacio’s wine list is unusual and varied, providing guests with some of the finest vintages from Italy and Sardinia alike.

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Never dissapointed with this restaurant

It was a little unnerving that the staff took a long time to seat us. They appeared to have lost the booking. Being the closest decent restaurant to The Emirates just before a match the place was soon heaving. But the service was swift and friendly and the food was pretty good.

Used to be one of my favourite italian restaurant however with the new management the food is not the same and seems they are saving money in the quality of food.

Had excellent (and huge) pizzas served with Italian charm. Spaghetti Bolognaise was disappointing however....

Slow service let's the place down, but the pizza's are fab.

Il Bacio is perhaps the closest decent restaurant to The Emirates so was a natural choice for us following the game against Aston Villa. The staff were very polite and helpful and the ambience was quite spacious and relaxed. One of the party thought the menu was limited but we all found things we could enjoy beyond the pizza and pasta. The house red at £13.50 went down OK. We liked that they brought bread with oil and vinegar as soon as we sat down.

Midweek before an Arsenal home game. Food was good and would recomend the pizzas. The staff were a tad overrun and service therefore got a mark down. Otherwise it was an enjoyable experience.

Il Bacio Highbury

My first time to this restaurant which I chose to visit before an Arsenal home game ( 10 minute walk from stadium and 5 mins from Finsbury Park and Arsenal Tubes).

A vibrant restaurant on a Saturday lunch time before Arsenal game.

Food ( I had a very tasty Pizza but some of the Pasta dishes looked appetising)and Service was good.

Very popular with football traffic.

You would be advised to book up when Arsenal are at home.

The service was very very slow. The only reason this restaurant is full all the time is its proximity to the Arsenal Stadium, so football fans frequent it after home games. The table was set without any napkins, so that during the starter several times I found myself waving my hands to try and get napkins. Bread was served without olive oil, and olives were served without cocktail sticks. The food is ok, but the service in general and the unfriendly manner of the staff would really put you off.