You can find Cassio Ristorante & Pizzeria just minutes from Tooting Bec underground, on the corner of Tooting Bec Road and Wheatlands. It’s a busy corner in this London neighbourhood, a community fixture serving fantastic Italian cuisine that quietly demonstrates a commitment to real quality. The kitchen works with local suppliers to source fresh produce every day, much of which is organic and all of which is GMO-free. The kind proprietors at Cassio also cater to the needs of guests with specific dietary requirements. But the highlight has to be their menus, changed weekly, always offering something new to veteran and newbie diners alike.
For many Tooting Bec residents, Cassio is the go-to spot for fantastic, affordable – and authentic – Italian pizza, prepared the Neapolitan way. Many of this number also have Cassio on speed-dial when they’re looking for a proper sit-down dinner in front of a selection of authentic Italian dishes. This southwest London Italian restaurant’s ethic when it comes to sourcing their ingredients reflects the locally-produced focus that prevails across Italy. What it means is a fantastically fresh tasting selection of antipasti, pasta and risotto, meat, fish, and vegetarian mains, and drool-worthy desserts, all of which cleave close to tradition in the manner of their preparation and, in the end, their colour, taste, and healthiness.
Book at table at Cassio’s Tooting Bec Road premises, easy to spot on the corner with Wheatlands Road, and prepare to be treated to exceptional service and a lavish list of Italian classics. Breaded and deep-fried mozzarella with a simple spicy tomato and basil sauce is a winner to begin, while the pungent vegetarian risotto with courgettes, gorgonzola and mascarpone cheeses is a perfect primo piatto. From the selection of main meat and fish dishes, the filetto di orata al Pernod is a curious invention, using an anise-flavoured sauce and fennel over sea bream with cherry tomatoes. A simple polla al Valdostana (chicken breast topped with cooked ham, mozzarella and a tomato sauce) or beef medallions with gorgonzola cheese and green peppercorns are rustic options for those looking for a hearty Italian meat dish. Very popular among locals to London’s Tooting Bec, be sure to book with Cassio in advance to avoid disappointment.
Great service and food. Waiters make you feel welcome and special. My scallop starter was excellent as was the papadelle del mamma. Definitely will return.
Excellent service, tasty dishes and value for money, we’ll be certainly be back for more. Very courteous staff and the pizzas are so big, we had to bring half home!
Great service, really good atmosphere and the food is delicious. Don’t let the surrounding area put you off this is a hidden gem of a restaurant