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500 Italian Restaurant

Archway · Italian · ££££
Excellent
5.4/6
319 Reviews

About 500 Italian Restaurant

Named after tiny legendary Italian speedster Fiat 500, 500 Restaurant in Archway brings you an excellent choice of top-notch Italian dishes. Fresh ingredients, bread and pastas prepared on the premises every day are key to the singular taste of 500 Restaurant on Holloway Road. With a changing menu that’s always taking into consideration seasonal produce, head chef Mario has some special dishes that he was asked to bring back time and time again. And you have never tried proper Italian food before you’ve tasted his oven-baked rabbit in balsamic vinegar sauce.

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Address

500 Italian Restaurant
782 Holloway Road, Archway
London N19 3JH

Opening Times

Open today - Opens at 12:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:00 am

Chef's Choice

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Starters

Burrata con insalata di pomodori multicolore e basilico (v)

Creamy centre mozzarella from Puglia with heritage tomatoes and basil salad
£7.60

Prosciutto Sardo delle montagne del Campidano con pesche, menta fresca e aceto balsamico

Sardinian ham from the Campidano hills, served with peaches, fresh mint and balsamic vinegar
£7.80

Carpaccio di manzo salato del Trentino servita con fragole fresche e grana

Thinly sliced salty beef from the Dolomites, served with strawberries and grana cheese
£8.20
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Mains

Coniglio all'Ischiana, servito con patate saltate

Oven baked rabbit iwith tomatoes, black olives, capers and white wine vinegar, served with potatoes
£15.80

Merluzzo nero in pancetta, servito con insalata di asparagi di mare, germogli di piselli e lamponi

Pan fried pollock wrapped in pancetta, served with samphire, pea shoots and raspberries salad
£16.60

Sella di agnello alla griglia con spinaci e salsa verde

Chargrilled loin of lamb served with saute spinach and potatoes, with a Piedmontese green sauce
£17.00
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Specials

Gnocchi al basilico con crema di peperoni e bocconcini di pesce spada

Potato & basil gnocchi with a mixed peppers sauce with diced swordfish
£11.80

Tagliatelle al ragu di manzo

Thin long pasta with slow cooked beef in a tomato and red wine sauce
£11.80

Risotto all'acetosella con seppie

Risotto with sorrel and cuttlefish
£11.80
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Desserts

Tiramisu

Italian trifle made with mascarpone cheese, savoiardi biscuits and coffee
£4.60

Panna cotta alla vaniglia, con coulis di frutti di bosco

Vanilla flavoured panna cotta, with a coulis of mix berries
£4.60

Vin Santo con Cantuccini

Almond biscuits with glass of Vin Santo
£5.80
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Further Information

We know of at least two passions head chef Mario Magli has: one is the tiny Italian classic car Fiat 500, which gave its name to the Archway restaurant. His other passion would be the top-notch Italian cuisine that he routinely puts out with abandon. His restaurant 500 on Holloway Road is a dining place that sticks to the wonderful basics of Italian cuisine and varies them in ways almost unfathomable. Try the amazing Tagliere 500, a selection of cold starters and some cured meats. All their breads and pastas are handmade every day on the premises – it doesn’t get any fresher or more authentic than this.

500 Restaurant in Archway is trusted by a huge fan base of knowledgeable foodies and people that just wish to spend an excellent night out alike. As winners of Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence they know what it means to create an ambiance that manages to cater to both gourmets and diners looking for a small romantic place. Go for their tasty gnocchi with Italian sausage ragu and ravioli. And don’t forget about Mario’s Tiramisu, which he’s quite proud of, and rightfully so.

319 500 Italian Restaurant Reviews

"Excellent"6/6
Jane G.2 days ago · 1 review

We've never had a bad meal! Fabulous food, great service and a good atmosphere. The menu is a bit different, not your average Italian. There's usually also a seasonal specials menu too. There's so much you would like to order, it is sometimes to decide what to go for.

"Excellent"6/6
Elaine B.8 days ago · 1 review

Lovely little restaurant with great Italian food and service. A real treat. This is the fourth time we have eaten here and it's always fantastic. Don't be fooled by the outside !

"Excellent"6/6
Louis N.11 days ago · 2 reviews

The restaurant looks basic when you first walk in but the friendly, attentive staff make you feel comfortable. The food was fresh and delicious and the red wine was excellent.

"Excellent"6/6
Eunice P.18 days ago · 1 review

Both my friend and I enjoyed our meal with 500. I do gluten and dairy-free and the Chef was very attentive and all staff very helpful. Lovely relaxed atmosphere and wine was good too! Thank you 500.

"Great"5/6
Claire B.a year ago · 3 reviews

As always, a delightful experience. So nice to have a good local restaurant with a chef who likes to try out new dishes and then cares what his customers think about them. For example, he's added a lovely Fritto Misto of fish and shredded courgette to the starters. A real gem of a dish. When he came round at the end of dinner to see how people had liked their meals, he said that he'd originally had it as a main but people weren't interested. So he turned it into a starter and it was proving hugely popular. In the meantime, a starter I had previously reported as not nice at all (the waiter said I wasn't the only one) has disappeared. That's the kind of flexibility and originality that make 500 such a great restaurant. Plus they buy really good ingredients. One of my guests pronounced the beef some of the best he'd ever had.

"Great"5/6
Michael S.3 months ago · 3 reviews

I have been going on and off to this restaurant from very soon after it opened. I love it. Their food is great, authentic genuine Italian regional food, menu changes regularly, quite simple dishes, high quality ingredients. incredible value as you would pay a lot more in the West End, great value wine list and friendly professional service. Unfortunately there is one very small point that is a serious problem and causes many of my friends not to go there. It is a very small restaurant and very very noisy. If there is a party or large group there then you cannot have a proper conversation with the people on your table and this spoils one's enjoyment. I regularly tell the staff to invest in a carpet or something and they smile at me, but it really is a big problem. Very very unfortunate as this is an outstanding restaurant.

"Good"4/6
Claire B.a year ago · 3 reviews

We love this restaurant and go there fairly frequently. The staff are wonderful but the food can vary a bit and this time wasn't the best we've had. For the first time in my life, I sent a starter back. It wasn't that I didn't like it, it was actually inedible (others in the party agreed). The waiter acknowledged it wasn't to everyone's taste and that others had disliked it so I wonder why they keep it - raw scallops marinated in campari and orange. I had expected something vaguely ceviche-like but the the campari and orange gave the scallops a really awful bitter taste. They were incredibly nice about it, produced an alternative (delicious) immediately (didn't charge for the rejected scallops) and the rest of the meal was very pleasant. Not amazing - as it has been on previous occasions but nice enough. I'd still recommend 500 as it's great value and a lovely atmosphere. It would be nice to be 100% sure of the food though.

"Good"4/6
KATIA R.a month ago · 1 review

The place was small, nice but small, and very quite since my husband and I visited at 7pm on Friday evening. Service was friendly and attentive, but as I said there were less then 10 customers. The food is not great, just average. We managed to taste all the starters and I have to say we weren't impressed. The cantaloupe melon was tasteless, so was the tomato with mozzarella (no heritage tomatoes as they say on the menu, just a basic and tasteless tomato). No dressing, no extra virgin olive oil, no salt... and you need some dressing when the ingredients are not top quality. Vitello tonnato are very cold, straight from the fridge, and its sauce wasn't enough to dress it pleasantly. Crabmeat, again, no flavour. Also, we had pasta with monkfish. It was ok, al dente, but too much salty for my taste, not well balanced, especially after all those blend starters. In a nutshell: not so bad, but I wouldn't recommend it.

"Great"5/6
Ian K.2 years ago · 2 reviews

Having just read about this restaurant in Quandoo last night, I decided to try it out this evening. It's a great little Italian restaurant serving excellent quality food and wine with quite a different menu to the usual. The seafood stew, on a plate, was a great combination of seafood, cooked perfectly, and other great flavours, although there was just a little too much garlic for my taste. It's the sort of dish that you want another one of straight away. Wines were varied and good value for small glasses and bottles - a nice change. Try the plate of Italian cheeses - lovely quality served at a good temperature. Great all round with very friendly people and I'd go back there tomorrow.

"Great"5/6
Jane H.10 months ago · 4 reviews

Fabulous food - I only wish my dining companion were more 'live to eat' than 'eat to live' so I could have lingered longer and sampled pud etc. 'Small' starter sizes were more than adequate for me as a (normal size) starter - I ordered two, as the menu suggested, but would have been happy with one. Can only imagine how huge the regular size portions are! Still, it meant I sampled both the stone bass carpaccio and the smoked duck, both of which were excellent. The guinea fowl for main was also superb. Got dragged out before I could launch into the rum and raisin gelato - a shame as that was my family's preferred xmas pud when I was small...

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