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Probably Islington's most famous restaurant, this Italian affair sees Jordan Frieda, formerly front-of-house at The River Cafe teaming up with chef Tim Siadatan (the same team behind Padella). Expect superlative Italian cuisine and if you're passing by, it's well worth a look in their next-door deli too.

Restaurant details

300 - 302 St Paul's Road, London N1 2LH
Nearest station: Highbury and Islington
Telephone number: 020 7226 2733


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


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