Stick to the pizzas and you'll be fine. The other stuff on the menu can be extremely hit and miss - and when it's miss, it's a rip off.
Il Bacio Mare
Stoke Newington, London
61 Church Street, Stoke Newington, London N16 0AR
- Turnpike Lane Station (0.6 km)
- Stoke Newington Station (0.9 km)
- Stoke Newington Rail Station (0.9 km)
- Contact us:
020 7249 3833
74 Blackfriars Road, Southwark, London SE1 8HA
“Baltic Restaurant and Bar based in London's SE1, serves a mixture of Eastern European cuisine as well as boasting an extensive vodka and cocktail list and wine and beer. The architecturally designed restaurant also hosts a Sunday evening Jazz event,...” more...
14 reviews of Il Bacio Mare in English
Just ordered two pepperoni and blue cheese pizzas with vegetables and pineapple. The pizza arrived but without the two main toppings – pepperoni and blue cheese ! We tried to call to complain but the line was engaged for 20 mins and so we ate some of the pizza thru sheer hunger. When we finally got thru, we were told that they would send the correct pizzas, but as we had eaten (a small amount of) the other pizzas, we would have to pay for them. Eh ?! So basically we paid £28 for two rubbish pizzas with a few tomatoes, some inedible ropey artichoke and around 4 pieces of pineapple. Avoid, we were totally stitched up.
A regional italian restaurant worth a try. Situated in one of the newly vibrant areas of the East-End, in Stoke Newington. Food is alright, pizza is very good and they also do take-away. Staff is inexperienced but friendly and fast. Prices are normal, but after you paid your bill don't forget to ask for a free shot of Mirto, the traditional sardinian myrtleberry liqueur.
Excellent. Lovely atmosphere with a bustling, but not busy, feel to it; we loved hearing excitable but muted kitchen sounds from the back. Nice decor and welcoming staff, music was a bit Euro-pop, but maybe that made it feel more Italian?!
£8-10 for a main. Extensive menu of pastas and pizzas. Portions massive and packed with premium tasty ingredients (less of the Pizza Express style token cherry tomato, more of the best toppings piled thickly ). Pizzas clearly done in a proper oven from the crispiness and baked-taste. The Sardinian-style gnocchi was fantastic.
We spent £30 on gnocchi, pizza, two Peronis and tip. Will go back.
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LizH, 22 May 2010:
Love this place! Great food, lovely staff and reasonable prices. The seafood salad is fantastic (and often wrongly overlooked in favour of pizza or pasta by most visitors) - vast quantities of salmon, delicious mushrooms and crisp leaves.
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I am Italian and I have to admit; the Italian restaurants I eat in are a very few. Il Bacio Mare is one of them. It is incredible for me to find food as good as my own country. I have been going there for a while now and pretty much tasted every item on the menu, compliments to the chef. The menu changes seasonally, so I can keep coming back and not tire of the same old menu. This is the only place I go where the main course doesn’t disappoint me. Everywhere you go the appetizers are good but the main dish is heavy and flavorless. The main courses at Il Bacio M are perfectly portioned and leave room for my favorite course, dessert. The staff is very knowledgeable and accommodating.
I went to here this weekend on a whim. I have been past many times but decided to give it a try this time.
The food is very well prepared. I had a starter of garlic bread which was the size of a pizza as opposed to the normal baguette. I had a chicken dish which was very good and filling.
The restaurant itself feels Italian. I actually felt as if I was on holiday.
The staff were very helpful and knowledgeable about the food they were serving. They also knew a lot about the wine.
I will be going back and I would highly recommend it.
There’s a new addition to the Bacio family and something to get us all salivating in Stokey. Il Bacio really is the god father of this neck of the woods and so it seems fitting that they should fill the shoes of the recently departed, ill-fated Maggie’s Bar. Finger’s crossed the il Bacio clan manage to get their claws in unlike the two unlikey businesses that have tried their luck at these premises in the last few years.
As should be expected from the name over the door, this place is dedicated to feeding you fish… and offering you Sardinian wines with which to wash it all down with. With bar at the front providing nibbles to whet your appetite with your glass of crisp white wine and eating area at the back and downstairs drop in whatever your appetite. The relatively modest menu is dictated by what’s fesh in from The Fishery’s fish monger round the corner. Sometimes it’ll be half a dozen oysters or seafood salads or lobster spaghetti or roast seabass. Whatever it be, it be delicious and done the Italian, Il Bacio way, done well.
Beautifully cooked and prepared sardinian food, the trout I had was lovely. It was a works do and we stuffed ourselves. They also do pizza if you’re a pleb. Dessert was everyone’s tiramisu. Cannot rate highly enough. Four stars.
Il Bacio is the big brother to Il Bacio Express. Express is where you go for the lunch after the night before but Il Bacio is where you go for that romantic-but-not-to-formal meal at the start of that night before!
The pizza is excellent - generous and mouth watering. Keep an eye on the specials board for some interesting combinations! The staff are happy to tailor the pizzas to your tastes.
The stuff that’s not pizza on the menu is also pretty good. Try the lasagna, it’s better than your mamma could ever make!
Lovely Italian red and white wines are available to go with your meals, to be followed by lovely espressos to give you a kick start before hitting nearby pubs to dance the night away.
For me, this is the best italian restaurant in London. The menu is fantastic and tastes just how REAL italian food should taste. The wine list is also good with a few choice bottles from Sicily. Great atmosphere, always busy and surrounded by the variety of bars in Church St. The Best!
I had three very nice pizzas delivered from Il bacio the other day.
The initial ordering was slightly difficult as the guy could not hear or understand what we were trying to order, but surprisingly all the right things turned up. The menu choices are quite odd with many ingredients i have never seen on pizzas before but they all seem to work and our pizzas tasted delicious. They are proper thin based stone baked pizzas, which makes such a big difference. I have not eaten at the restaurant but will definitely recommend Il Bacio for a take away.
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