San Daniele Del Friuli information

Located close to Arsenal Football Ground, San Daniele is a light, airy, informal restaurant serving simple, wholesome north-east Italian cuisine.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
Mon-Wed 18:00-22:30
Thu-Sat 12:00-14:30 & 18:00-22:30
Sun closed

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By Andrew M.

I booked and visited San Daniele Del Friuli for my last birthday along with seven others and all I can say is that it was incredible from start to finish. Every guest was delighted with the array and quality of the food and the staff were exemplary and so friendly - even the kitchen staff came out to say goodbye.

I am definitely going back to San Daniele Del Friuli and can't recommend it enough, not least for its value. Real Italian food, atmosphere and the staff make for a lovely dining experience.

By Andrew M.

San Daniele Del Friuli is always packed, so it pays to book as you don't want to miss this place! The pizza and pasta is delicious and there's plenty of choice on the menu - something for everyone.

The atmosphere at San Daniele Del Friuli is warm and welcoming, and the staff happy and efficient. A lovely place to spend the evening.

By Gillian P.

San Daniele is a charming, traditional Italian restuarant. The staff are lovely and the food is consistently delicious. Remarkably good value too. Note it's closed on a Sunday, and worth booking.

By Mariano P.

I have been there and I did not find that quality : spaghetti carbonara the pasta was saltless and dry ravioli were over cooked beef fillet we asked for rare and it was med and the sauce was tasteless dover sole burned on a side and cold on the other . Sorry but was Horrible .

By A.

San Daniele Del Friuli is one of my favourite Italian restaurants in the area. After the boys have wasted Tottenham you don't want another Doner kebab you want to celebrate - that is why I love San Daniele Del Friuli and I wasn't suprised to see a couple of the lads and none other than Wenger himself in there last time I visited. It's superb food at a price that's not going to burn a hole in your wallet. Take my word for it - if you want to eat out, then eat here!

By Cressida J.

San Daniele Del Friuli is a glorious neighbourhood trattoria serving homely Italian food to an appreciative crowd of locals and well-heeled Arsenal fans.

The Venue
Situated on the corner of Highbury Park, the exterior is unassuming and barely distinguishable from the family homes nearby. Inside, the dining room is a little corner of Italy – framed football shirts and maps of the old country adorn the walls and white-clothed tables are squeezed into every nook and cranny. It feels like a chaotic family living room, in a surprisingly good way. The staff provide a pleasant buzz of Italian voices as they chat animatedly while they work.

The Atmosphere
Relaxed and welcoming, the restaurant is alive with conversation and laughter. A soundtrack of Scott Walker and Nat King Cole underpins the hubbub. Not the ideal venue for a romantic meal, but excellent for big family lunches and groups of friends. The restaurant is madly busy on match days and counts Arsene Wenger and Nick Hornby among the regulars who gather to celebrate an Arsenal win. Service is enthusiastic and friendly, if somewhat haphazard at times.

The Food
Huge plates of pizza and pasta are swiftly delivered. Starters include San Daniele’s famous prosciutto, served plain or with a slice of melon. A mass of crisp calamari fritti comes with homemade tartare sauce and insalate tricolore offers the perfect balance of creamy mozzarella, sweet tomatoes and fresh basil, drizzled with zesty olive oil. Pizzas are as they ought to be – light, crisp base, slightly charred on the underside, smothered in piquant tomato sauce and bubbling mozzarella. The high quality and freshness of the ingredients is reflected in the choice of toppings. No slimy supermarket salami here.

Main courses are an orgy of Italian staples. Seafood spaghetti arrives, an unctuous, garlicky concoction, generously swimming with prawns and mussels, properly seasoned and finished with olive oil. Easily the greediest and perhaps the best dish on the menu is the scallopina Milanese – whole veal escalope coated and fried in egg and breadcrumbs and served with a side of spaghetti ragu. If that seems overwhelming, calves liver, steak and chicken supreme are cooked simply and served with numerous choices of sauce; from marsala wine and whole green peppercorns to butter and sage. Garlic and rosemary roast potatoes are sensational – golden, herb encrusted outside with hot, fluffy interior.

The usual suspects populate the dessert menu. Tiramisu is an indulgent coffee-scented goo. Chef’s seasonal fruit tarts make a common appearance alongside the obligatory gelato. A very satisfying two-course meal with a bottle of better-than-house wine will cost about £55 for two.

The Drink
The drinks menu remains faithful to Italy throughout. It takes you from San Pellegrino to cappuccino and from Peroni to Barolo without straying once. The wine list is a tour of the country and if the owner is in, he will knowledgeably advise according to your food. Friuli is a region with an ancient winemaking history and a bottle of the area’s Tocai provides a good value and distinguished partner for seafood, in the mid-price range. Wines run from unexciting house at £11.50 up to £40. Prosecco represents fizz at a fair £19.

The Last Word
San Daniele Del Friuli serves carefully prepared, unpretentious Italian food, with seasonal specials offering added variety for its army of loyal fans.

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