4 reviews of Il Giardino in English
I would describe the interior of the ground floor as cosy with the upstairs being more spacious (I had a party of 20 comfortably seated up there).
The food is Sicillian and is prepared by a South American (Peruvians) family. I heard that they originally worked with the Sicillian owner and when he decided to return to Italy they took over the management of the restaurant. As a result you are treated to authentic rustic Sicillian cooking with a warm South American welcome; though I would say that the starters and mains are their strengths - their deserts are a little more basic but despite that I still give it 5 stars.
This is a very popular restaurant with local people, and is quite hidden: I really, really love it!
A hidden gem indeed. We noticed this place recently after walking past it many many times and decided to give it a try. Inside its a little dark, small but very quaint. It wasn't at all busy, but the candles on the tables made for a lovely atmosphere. The waiter was very polite and was attentive without being a pain - a fine line between the two. The food was beautiful, i had the poussin roustic which tasted fantastic and my partner had an equally delicious tagliatelle. The wine wasn't that great, but we did opt for the bargain bin of a jug of house red, so possibly to be expected - but the wine list was pretty extensive.
Overall we had a great night in here, lovely atmosphere and fantastic food. We'll be going here again for sure.
You could easily walk past this and not notice it but don’t because it’s great! The place is very cosy and you’re often squashed in a bit, but excellent Sicilian food is served here, especially the seafood, which is a bit unexpected for Peckham! They also have a special board with ever-changing, tempting choices. The prices are very reasonable too, and the service is very good. A very hidden gem of a place.
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