Ciullõsteria

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Italian
The bustling café society vibe of London’s Balham High Road is the perfect setting for relaxed Italian restaurant Ciullõsteria. Friendly and laid back, the Ciullõsteria is inspired by the sun-infused food and chilled out nature of Southern Italy. The Calcagno family, owners of Ciullõsteria, has more than twenty years of experience in the Italian restaurant business, experience that is applied in every last aspect of the Osteria’s running – from the simple, comfortable and unpretentious design of the dining room to the always efficient yet unfailingly friendly service from staff who welcome guests as if they were old friends. But of course at Ciullõsteria it’s really the food that is the main focus. All traditional and completely authentic, Ciullõsteria provides home style Italian cookery ranging from hand made pasta to fresh, crisp twelve inch pizzas, all served with quality wines from the country’s best and most well known vineyards.
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BB
London
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure, and always returning. Cant speak too highly of Guiseppe's food and the friendly welcome. Great food and great value.

JE
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely NEVER disappoints - Giuseppe and team are so welcoming

f
London
43 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It's great to have such a good independent restaurant on a local high street. I've visited 3 times now and the food is always very good and not just the standard options for the pasta sauces. The staff are always very friendly, helpful and attentive. I haven't been at the weekend so not sure if it becomes very busy but midweek there are always enough customers to give it ambience yet still be quiet.

G
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Authentic Italian cuisine. Large portions! Would return.

B
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience4

We had a reservation here for dinner on a Friday night. The atmosphere was good, a small restaurant with Italian waiters. The tables were all quite close together as the space isn't big but that was fine. We were on the point of ordering our food and were told that we had to wait 10 minutes as there was a problem in the kitchen. Shortly afterwards we were then told that there was no gas so the we could not order anything that needed the hob or grill. This left us with the choice of pizza or a few of the specials that could be baked. We then ordered the few remaining possible options (none of which we had originally intended on ordering). The food was pretty good overall and the menu is well priced. We understood that the circumstances and lack of gas could not be helped but given that our evening there had not been as expected, and we had not had any of the food that we had wanted, we hoped that perhaps a discount or a voucher for a future visit might have been given. However, unfortunately not. We then explained our disappointment and we were reluctantly given a small proportion off the bill. It was a real shame that the evening ended like this and we left feeling annoyed, even though this could've easily been resolved if the matter had been handed in a more understanding manner. We understand that the gas issues could not be helped or resolved that evening but it felt like the matter could have been handled differently, other diners on a nearby table certainly felt the same too. We live locally so we had hoped that it would become one of our regulars but unfortunately we won't be rushing back anytime soon.

JH
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely pleased with our dinner here. Food was delicious (we both had tagliatelle al ragu followed by chocolate fondant cake for dessert). Great value as well. Will be coming back!

BH
London
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Excellent food and service. Best penne pasta I have had in a long time. As a veggie my options are limited, but this was exceptional. First time here but I will definitely be back.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Delicious food

TT
London
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My preferred italian restaurant in london. Lovely people and delicious food.

AG
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fabulous family run restaurant, wonderful food with something for everyone. the ambiance and service is second to none. ~Would highly recommend... but book early! they are very popular and rightly so.

RF
London
16 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Our food at Ciullosteria was as delicious as ever. The atmosphere in the restaurant has always felt cosy and friendly and our waiters were lovely and it was nice to have some chats with them. The restaurant can be a bit loud, but that often adds to the atmosphere, which is very relaxed. I think it's great value for money, and tastes like authentic Italian food.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favourite in Balham!

MT
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food as always and friendly speedy service

SH
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My only negative comment would be that it gets really very warm in the restaurant! Otherwise the food was amazing, everything was absolutely fantastic.

GN
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous night the food and wine was spectacular

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Giuseppe and his whole team are awesome hosts and definitely the best Italian restaurant in London absolutely authentic and the freshest ingredients possible I cannot live without my Risotto alla pescatora :) and the many other amazing dishes on the menu!

JM
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This fabulous family run local restaurant is definitely my family's favourite get-together, with its welcoming and lively atmosphere. It offers delicious food for all tastes including vegetarians. We have never been disappointed with our meal or service.

UD
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

As always relaxed but fun atmosphere. Food and wine exceptional.

H
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food for the whole family. Plenty of choice, good wine and fantastic staff who are always friendly. They always come over and say hello. Very kind to my children. Good value for money , one of our favourite restaurants

LD
London
26 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

OT
London
34 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Definately worth another visit

JE
France
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic local Italian in Balham - the food was amazing quality and so delicious (I had the homemade seafood pasta). Big portions so you definitely don’t leave feeling hungry! Staff were fantastic - really can’t fault the restaurant.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Great food. It’s one of the rare gems I’ve discovered. Service can be a tad slow and you can of course get better service elsewhere (even though it wasn’t bad) but the food is simply great.

It’s hard to stand out as an Italian restaurant in my view. But, this one does! Highly recommend it.

PS - the pizzas are also fab.

ML
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ciullosteria really is our favourite Italian restaurant in South West London, and we keep coming back! Food is delicious, atmosphere really cosy, and service impeccable. We will surely come back with friends and family!

NY
London
67 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favourite place. Love the food and the staff! Always a treat to eat there.

CR
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Living nearby I use Ciullosteria a lot, meals with friends and family. I have never experienced a bad meal or service there. I think the restaurant speaks for itself judging by the full house most nights. Excellent Italian restaurant.

KG
London
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best secret ever. I love how it’s a family run restaurant (or it feels like that). Beautiful balance of intimate, cosy and classy. Then there’s the food, amazing, to match the service itself. I’ve been going there for about 8 years and I’m 31.

RS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing neighborhood italian. Great service and even better food.

AH
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been returning customers now for the past 8 years and as always, really amazing food and the place is just wonderful!

CB
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favourite Italian Balham!! Always a lovely visit! Delicious food and service ☺️

B
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Firm local favourite with great wine list, consistently good menu and specials all topped up with friendly happy service.

UD
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian in the area by a mile. The fish is cooked to perfection and the ingredients of their dishes exceptional.

GC
London
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect place. Great food, friendly staff. Well worth a visit for a casual dinner or a special occasion.

EG
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing home cooked Italian food. The staff are very friendly & I love eating here.

DT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OMG! This place is perfect! Homemade pasta and wonderful attention to details. We loved everything we had!

OT
Zurich
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfetto! Never fails to deliver great. Gf is Italian and she likens it to home cooked food by Nonna. No better accolade

MB
London
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Superb all round restaurant- staff attentive but not fussing. Food delicious, fantastic choice of food and of course excellent wine. Would highly recommend

SF
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is our favourite local Italian which always offers great quality at a good price. Never been disappointed.

SB
London
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We would recommend that you book a table at this small restaurant as it would be a shame to miss the opportunity to eat here. Excellent menu, great specials.

NY
London
67 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our daughter's 10th birthday dinner. My family's favourite restaurant. Always fantastic.