7.9
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Saporitalia

Perfect For: Casual Weeknight Dinner

Have you ever walked past a restaurant and thought: ‘No way am I eating in there’? Saporitalia might be one of those places. It’s not that it looks horrible, it just looks nothing. The only feature of note is the wood-fired pizza oven - and that’s a feature you’re going to be really pleased about if you overcome first impressions and come in for a meal.

Saporitalia is family-run and it feels like family-run places you’d find in the un-glamorous districts of any Italian city. It’s completely unpretentious, and that’s what we love most about it. The low-key attitude here means you may find yourself waiting for your order until just a few minutes before the ‘have they forgotten I’m here?’ worries start to pop into your head, but if you’re prepared to accept that, you’re in for a great time. The staff are friendly, and the food is great. Not earth-shattering necessarily, but all good and all at prices that are in keeping with Saporitalia’s local status.

Get the mixed antipasto or soup to start, and then pasta or a grilled veal chop to follow. Or one of the pizzas, best of all. The crusts are thin, light, and easy on the jawbone. Toppings are mostly simple, and anything with tomato sauce is going to make you leave happy. At lunch there’s a really cheap set menu, and in the evenings you should take advantage of the short, well priced wine list. Walk-ins are a breeze during the week. At weekends, in the evening, you’d be crazy not to book. And when you get there, remember: looks aren’t everything.

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