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Il Cavaliere

81 Blackstock Road | Finsbury Park, London N4 2JW, England
+44 20 7226 7678
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  • Very good8%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
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“ravioli” (2 reviews)
“italian food” (4 reviews)
“friday night” (2 reviews)
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Italian, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
81 Blackstock Road | Finsbury Park, London N4 2JW, England
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Reviewed 2 February 2015

This place is the kind of old school that everyone else tries to imitate. Quality home cooked food, fantastic banter, lovely family feeling that makes you want to stay there all night! We met a couple who have been going there every month for the...More

2  Thank ScotchinBonnet
Reviewed 12 January 2015

Fantastic welcome and absolutely delicious food. I cannot recommend the restaurant more highly. We visited for Sunday brunch - amazing eggs benedict - but have sampled lunch and dinner here before. It is always faultless.

2  Thank sallyaab
Reviewed 25 November 2014

My son lives in N5 and when I stopped by recently we decided to try this attractive restaurant on the Blackstock Road. So glad we did! Warm, welcoming place where care is taken about laying a lovely table with crisp white linen. Staff are wonderful...More

1  Thank Christine H
Reviewed 2 January 2014 via mobile

Excellent welcome and service. Good food. Would definitely go back. Comment from my friend's 12 year old son, "best Italian food I've had".

Thank Riccardo A
Reviewed 7 June 2013

Arrived on a rainy evening after attending the circus at Finsbury Park - 4 mums with 5 tired and hungry kids. We were a bit apprehensive at first, wondering if the place was too smart and formal for a group of children, but we couldn't...More

Thank Kab H
Reviewed 12 May 2013

Beautiful tasty italian food and plenty of it. Reasonably priced. Chef very friendly and made a point of coming front of house to talk to the customers. We had a lovely meal. Just one recommendation - could do with adding some rose wines to wine...More

Thank nurseymum
Reviewed 20 January 2013 via mobile

Blackstock road has a plethora of restaurants offering grat value food, but few can match the quality on offer here. My wife and I visited this place quite early on a Friday night and were a bit dubious to begin with as we were the...More

1  Thank tadeusz1980
Reviewed 3 September 2012

We were so pleased to find this still here as we used to eat here weekly 20 years ago! Although a different owner, there was a link to the family we knew, and we spent our evening chatting happily with the chef/owner. Food as good...More

1  Thank Raewyn P
Reviewed 11 March 2012

If you want some authentic Italian home-made food, this is where you want to be. Though often quiet due to its location off the main track, the chef and owner has enjoyed a reputation for outstanding food at very reasonable prices with the locals for...More

3  Thank sebx
Reviewed 8 January 2011

Il Cavaliere serves decent Italian food and reasonable prices but lacks on atmosphere because of a lack of customers. Why? I can only think it's because of it's slightly out of the way location. If you want a decent meal and good place to talk...More

2  Thank Kinie
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 81 Blackstock Road | Finsbury Park, London N4 2JW, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7226 7678
  • E-mail
Il Cavaliere is now a well-known restaurant in the local area and beyond. It is popular with pre match Arsenal supporters who attend home games on a regular basis and travel from far and wide, on these occasions Il Cavaliere provides a special Match day menu (link) which includes an impressive brunch menu for the earlier kick off times. Advance bookings for home games days are recommended. The restaurant is recognised as venue to find very good quality home cooked food, at very reasonable prices and is fully licensed until 2am . The food is prepared and cooked to order (and sometimes served) by Antonio the Chef and his assistant Verona, hence the atmosphere is at most times quite relaxed and customers are not rushed, but care is taken to ensure customers are well looked after with enough of their own space in their time out. Time is taken to prepare food and consider the customer's preference; customers who come to Il Cavaliere understand this ethic and enjoy it. Il Cavaliere has a good wine list (link) and offer a variety and review of new or popular wines. Many parties and events are catered for, from birthdays, family reunions, engagements, funerals and weddings to mention a few. Catering is undertaken on site in the restaurant and on site at chosen venues, please see the catering page (link) on this website. Antonio personally project manages these events and is open to consultation. The food is sourced from quality suppliers and Antonio imports some of the local produce from his local commune in Calabria, such as Italian salami, pepperoni, peperoncini, wine and some cheeses, which he delights in sharing with the customers. We hope you will visit us and experience the 'Sapori di Mediterranei' at Il Cavaliere.
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