I’m excited to tell you all about Little Sardegna which I think is one of the best eateries in London.  This is a local neighbourhood restaurant and wine bar located between Finsbury Park and Highbury.  As you might guess from the name, they serve Sardinian food, or to be more precise, Traditional Sardinian Gastronomy.  It’s just down the road from where I live so I’ve eaten here quite often and the standard of food and service has been first class every time.  If you’re searching for restaurants in North London or romantic restaurants London do give this place a try because you won’t be disappointed.

little sardegna inside

Little Sardegna Interiors

Little Sardegna Menu

It’s a very special restaurant because the food is so delicious and it’s full of character and personality, which is very much down to the owner Marcello Gusai.  Marcello was born in Sardinia and actually started off his career as a football team manager before becoming a solicitor.  After a stint running a hotel in South America he moved to London to study English.  His passion for food is down to his mother who took great joy and pleasure in feeding her large family.  Marcello decided to set up his own restaurant serving dishes his mother had taught him to cook.  He’d noticed the premises at 170 Blackstock Road had been vacant for some time so decided to follow his dreams.

little sardegna traditional sardinian gastronomy

Traditional Sardinian Gastronomy

At Little Sardegna the focus is on Sardinian food which uses high quality ingredients served with fine wines.  Starters include Carpaccio Di Manzo Affumicato which is smoked Angus beef served with rocket and aged Grana cheese.  The Polpetti Dia Vola is baby octopus served in a spicy cherry tomato sauce.  Zuppetta Di Cozze consists of mussels in a broth with tomatoes and parsley.  Spada Marinato is smoked swordfish carpaccio served on a bed or rocket and fennel salad with lemon dressing.  Vegetarians can opt for the Caprese or the dish we tried – Formaggi Misti, a delicious selection of the finest Sardinian cheeses served with Sardinian bread – £9.95.  Prices for starters range from £9.95 to 11.75.

little sardegna formaggi misti

Formaggi Misti, Sardinian Cheeses and Bread

Mains include specials which you’ll see on the chalk board.  We tried two of these – the Tagliatelle Tartufo with black truffle – £22.50.  The other dish was our favourite and started our love affair with this place – Tortellini filled with pumpkin and served with pistachios and crispy sage – £15.95.  You’ll find a good selection of pasta dishes on their main menu – ravioli with ricotta and spinach, tagliatelle fungi with sausage and seafood linguine.  They also feature Sardinian pasta like Mallureddos which is a traditional Sardinian gnocchi in pork mince ragu with pecorino cheese.

little sardegna tagliatelle tartufo

Tagliatelle Tartufo

Meat and poultry lovers can opt for Polletto which is baked baby chicken with chilly lemon and herb sauce.  Or perhaps you might prefer the sliced Angus beef with blue cheese mash and vegetables in a balsamic sauce.  There’s also a lamb cutlet in a red wine sauce.  Fish dishes include fresh water prawns and a selection of daily fish straight from the market.

little sardegna pumpkin tortellini

Pumpkin Tortellini

We finished our meal with Marcello’s Dessert which is a sweet made with mascarpone cheese, cream whisked with amoretti and almond flower in a green pistachio crust and wild berry sauce – £5.95.  We also enjoyed Seata which is a deep fried pastry filled with lemon infused cheese and coated in honey – £5.25.  Other treats include ice cream, sorbet and tiramisu.

little sardegna marcellos dessert

Marcello’s Dessert

As I mentioned, this is also a wine bar so they have an extensive list of Sardinian white and red wines.  The menu has a good description of each wine and the staff can help you make your selection.  The prices range from £10.50 for the house white and red up to £165 for a bottle of Turriga with plenty of options in between.

little sardegna seata dessert

Seata

Little Sardegna Interiors

This place is so super cute inside.  The interiors have a rustic charm with roughly plastered walls and wood panelling.  They have some interesting decorative pieces adorning the walls – shabby chic mirrors, a map of Sardinia and a display of hats.

little sardegna interiors picture

Little Sardegna Interiors

The seating is a mix of chapel style benches and church chairs.  The tables are dressed with pretty gingham cloths which adds a nice splash of colour.  The restaurant can hold up to about forty people.  There’s a table on the pavement for those who want a quick ciggie in between courses.

little sardegna interiors

Little Sardegna Interiors

I must say that this is the most romantic restaurant I’ve ever been to.  I always feel as though I’m on holiday when I eat here.  Homeboy and I actually did go to Sardinia to find out if the food was as good as this restaurant.  We had some lovely meals but nothing compared to Little Sardegna.  If you love fabulous food and wine you really must visit this place, I just know you’ll love it!

Little Sardegna Information

little sardegna exterior

Restaurant Exterior

Name: Little Sardegna
Cuisine: Sardinian
Near: Finsbury Park and Arsenal
Website: No website at present
Address: 170 Blackstock Road, London N5 1HA
Open: Closed on Monday.  Open Tuesday to Friday 6pm-11pm.  Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon until 11pm
Wi-Fi: Yes
Décor: Rustic charm
Seating: The ground floor has space for about 40 inside plus a pavement table out in front
Toilets: Yes

Author: Homegirl London.  Photographs: Homegirl London.  Thanks: Marcello Gusai and to my Homeboy for a lovely romantic meal.