North London

Trullo

Trullo

Jordan Frieda, formerly front-of-house at The River Cafe has teamed up with chef Tim Siadatan - one of the original trainees at Fifteen who has since worked at both St John and Moro to open their own restaurant. 'The idea behind Trullo is to have an earthy, wholesome, neighbourhood trattoria that is true to the principles of the great places we've worked, while being super-affordable,' Jordan told Hot Dinners. 'Our wine list has a set mark up of £10 on all bottles, making some of the best Italian wines really accessible, and we'll look to concentrate on a small, seasonally-fluctuating menu based around a real charcoal grill, excellent pasta and risotto, good salumi and fresh, exciting antipasti and salads."

Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10

Critics' score: 6.5 Zoe Williams Telegraph
Reviewed on December 13, 2010
"I wanted to say this place is what the phrase 'hit and miss' was invented for, but, after surveying the evidence, it was more like 'miss, hit, hit'. You might get lucky and skip the miss altogether." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 5 Amol Rajan Independent
Reviewed on October 31, 2010
"...I have to report that, shin ragu and hazelnut ice-cream aside, it felt as if each dish made the same mistake, promising much but delivering little." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 7.5 Tracey MacLeod Independent
Reviewed on October 09, 2010
"To have secured a table is clearly cause enough for jubilation. But to eat the dishes produced in Trullo's tiny kitchen is very heaven." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 9 Giles Coren Times
Reviewed on September 25, 2010
"Oh, the food. Impeccable. And priced like somebody has no interest in getting rich." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 8
Jay Rayner Observer Estimated score
Reviewed on July 25, 2010
"Get someone with good taste who knows how to cook. Find cheery, efficient waiters. Get the latter to bring what the former has made to the tables, and charge a reasonable sum for it. It is the dream neighbourhood restaurant, though sadly not in mine." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 8 Chris Pople Cheese & Biscuits
Reviewed on July 23, 2010
"So I will forgive them the reheated lamb and the soggy crackling and just remember the (mmm) ox heart and the (gasp) cuttlefish and the (swoon) ravioli, and declare that Trullo is the kind of restaurant that every neighbourhood deserves." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 8 Time Out Editors Time Out
Reviewed by July 12, 2010
"They've set the tone for mood and for menu with a strongly seasonal, daily-changing menu that's in the River Café vein - only much cheaper. Trullo's excellent value for the standard of its dishes." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 6 Marina O'Loughlin Metro
Reviewed on July 07, 2010
"Tables are rammed together, wine comes in tumblers, it’s loud and clattery and in a far-from-chic corner of Islington. But despite all this, Trullo is a class act." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 8 Hermano Primero Dos Hermanos Estimated score
Reviewed on June 24, 2010
"The fish was very fresh and cooked so that the flesh took on a little colour yet was still firm. Some spinach, a few shelled broad beans, a little bit of olive oil and a wedge of Almalfi lemon. It looked appetising and tasted even better. Unimprovable, really." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 8 David Sexton Evening Standard
Reviewed on June 24, 2010
"All these prices are less than half what the River Café itself charges for equivalent dishes. What more could you ask from a neighbourhood local?" READ REVIEW

 

Restaurant details

Address: 300 - 302 St Paul's Road, London N1 2LH

Telephone number: 020 7226 2733

Cuisine: Italian

Nearest station: Highbury and Islington

Opening times: Lunch Monday to Sunday – 12.30 to 14.45 (last orders 15:00)
Dinner Monday to Saturday – 18:00 to 22:15 (last orders 22:30)

 

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