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Restaurant Review: Trullo Downstairs

Trullo DownstairsA secret from passing trade but famed by many, this low-key Italian has become somewhat of a talking point for Islington residents and beyond. Located one floor below the main restaurant, Trullo Downstairs is much like a younger sibling that’s getting ready to rival.

Two key themes define Trullo Downstairs: Stripped back and unpretentious. Paper tablecloths, flickering candles and almost industrial lighting work in unison, providing a relaxed yet intimate atmosphere for couples dining, whilst the booths across the room are more than perfect for groups wanting a spot of privacy. In fact, despite Trullo Downstairs’ petite size, groups of 10 or more can be accommodated.

The intimate atmosphere at Trullo Downstairs

The menu is mostly scaled down plates of what’s on offer upstairs, however this is definitely not paupers dining. Instead it’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy plate after plate, creating your own unique dining feast, void of the three course norms. But what to try? Okay, so three dishes each should suffice but with a menu this tempting, deciding upon your chosen trio is hard (we know!)

On Glam’s visit we began our culinary feast with the melt-in-your-mouth Beef Carpaccio, served with fiery horseradish crème fraiche and marinated beetroot (£8) along with the light choice of Grilled Squid with chilli oil, oregano, lemon and rocket (£9) – cooked and seasoned to perfection- and the Salumi plate (£7) (a treat for meat-lovers). Continuing the indulgence Glam ordered the Vanilla pannacotta with hazelnut praline and Chocolate and quince tart for desert. The former, a devilish sugary hit that softened into vanilla heaven whilst the latter was decadent yet neither too heavy nor rich. As for service, our waiter expertly lead us through the menu suggesting and reserving plates. There was no up-sell nor pushing, just a genuine interest in ensuring our meal at Trullo Downstairs had all the ingredients right for our tastes!

Would we return? Birthdays, engagements, date nights and even just to celebrate Fridays. We think we may have just found our new favourite place, we’d even fight you for a table!

The details:

Contact: Trullo, 300 Saint Paul’s Road, Islington N1 2LH/ 020 7226 2733 / enquiries@trullorestaurant.com

Opening times: 6.30pm-10.30pm Mon-Fri; 12.30pm-2.30pm Sat; 12.30pm-3pm Sun; 7pm-10.30pm Sat

Nearest tube: Highbury & Islington

Prices: Expect to pay around £16 for a two-course meal (three small plates) without wine

Our favourite dish: Beef fillet carpaccio with marinated beetroot and horseradish crème fraiche (£8)

In three words: simple, relaxed & delicious

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