This place sounds awesome. Must check it out next time i'm in N1 (possibly also for a post dentist snack too as my dentist is in the neck of the woods too!)
3A Beeches Avenue, London SM5 3LB
“Bailey’s Deli is an Artisan Delicatessen and Coffee Shop based in Carshalton Beeches, Surrey. Opened recently Bailey’s modern shop boasts a delicatessen counter with a wide range of International Cheeses, Charcuterie, Antipasti and Olives. As...” more...
1 review of Saponara in English
Why doesn't this lovely little place have a list of great reviews already?
Saponara can be found, conveniently for me but not for them, diagonally opposite Islington's Packington estate, where demand for truffle oil and Lingua della Suocera* is likely to be low although, I imagine, other grander residences nearby are well-stocked with the deli's delicacies.
I visit every six months, following visits to my dentist in Packington Square (the terrific, painless Maxine O' Grady at Charles Landau's surgery). A few gulps of their great coffee are usually enough to distract me from a numbed maxilliofacial muscle and, if I've not been 'treated', I'll stop for lunch.
A fairly typical choice of Italian panini, although their food is more tasty than usual deli fare. Soups are delicious - cream of courgette soup was on offer the day I was there. Fresh pasta is sold at the counter and an interesting selection of tinned and bottled Italian imports, along with a good few shelves of great Italian wines, is on offer.
A bowl of soup, at £3.95 - isn't exactly cheap, but it's not really that kind of place - the place is busy lunchtimes with a devoted clientele and Saponara brands itself more as a high-quality, high-end deli that lays on food for its cognoscenti friends.
The owner (owners?) are charming, funny, helpful and welcoming. A few square metres of la patria, in Islington.
*The astonishing 'Mother-in-law' biscuit. Like langues du chat, but longer, and rougher...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rubber_slippers_in_italy/388... (thanks to Rubber Slippers in Italy)
Their white truffle oil, at £6.95 for 40ml, is pretty good value and, available in three choices of fancy bottle, makes a brilliant gift.
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Andrew Hunter, 24 January 2010:
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