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5.6 /6 Wonderful 31 Reviews

Il Guscio - Clapton

Hackney Italian, Pizzeria ££ +100
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About Il Guscio - Clapton

We feel a bit guilty to be trumpeting the triumph of Sardinian cuisine over at Il Guscio as we’re certain to go upsetting the locals that have made it their own over the years. But in keeping schtum, we’re doing a disservice to the new-to-Hackney types and fans of Italian food across London, who will all be that little richer for having Lower Clapton Road’s homage to all tasty things Sardinian, Il Guscio.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 17:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 17:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 17:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 17:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 23:00
Il Guscio - Clapton, 90 Lower Clapton Road, E5 0QR London

Further Information

The team at Il Guscio have a single rule, a guiding philosophy that underpins everything they do, drink Sicilian, eat Sardinian. This simple rule is in evidence everywhere in their Lower Clapton Road premises, where the menu is a detailed exploration of Sardinian eating and the wine menu deals almost exclusively in Sicilian vintages and liquors. And while fans of Italian food are well catered to with a menu of delectable pizza and pasta dishes (we can only urge you to go for the delightful simplicity of pizza like the Napoli or bufalina for a sense of classic Italian flavours) there’s also a handful of truly Sardinian dishes too. Try spada alla Mediterranea, a swordfish grilled and served up with cherry tomatoes, capers and olives for a taste of the Sardinian seaside in London’s Hackney.

Il Guscio has long been a local favourite, and while the Hackney regulars would doubtlessly like to keep things that way, greatness has a way of getting out. And so Il Guscio is slowly starting to build a reputation for really good Italian and Sardinian food in London. Away from the generic pizza and pasta places serving indistinguishable carb-heavy monstrosities, Il Gusico’s commitment to great Sardinian food is winning them a legion of loyal fans. Find them along Lower Clapton Road for superior Italian dining in the capital.


31 Reviews

5.6 /6 Wonderful 31 Reviews
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: excellent
Quality/Price: great value
Food: heavenly
Service: extraordinary
Waiting Time: no waiting time
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2 reviews so far 6
30.08.2017 09:51

Always great food and service at Il Guscio. Despite being very busy with a Birthday table we were served quickly and efficiently. It goes without saying that the food was excellent. We had the rich and spicy Moscardini to start and the delicious Lobster and Crab ravioli for main. The complimentary limoncello rounded of a fine meal.

1 review so far 6
30.08.2017 08:17

The food was delicious and home-cooked Italian. Really great menu. The staff were so friendly and the service was brilliant - nice not to be rushed off a table. The atmosphere is also intimate and friendly. Ha da lovely evening her highly recommend.

1 review so far 6
25.07.2017 07:45

Nice chilled out venue for a evening meal very good would go again. Staff were very friendly and helpful. The food was also very tasty and definitely enjoyable.

1 review so far 6
18.06.2017 09:01

Friendly staff, intimate setting, first class food. A thoroughly enjoyable experience, providing authenticity and an environment suitable for all occasions. Will not hesitate to recommend.

1 review so far 6
15.02.2017 11:40

Il Guscio is a great restaurant the atmosphere is very nice. The food is very tasty, their pizzas are really good. I had the seafood spaghetti dish which was amazing. I will go back for sure.

1 review so far 6
09.10.2015 23:10

I love Il Guscio. The food is excellent and it's a lovely cheerful atmosphere. Just had the best evening there with a bunch of old friends. I go back whenever I'm in Clapton.

1 review so far 4
07.02.2016 16:07

We have eaten here many times and each time we have always felt very welcomed and personable. The meal overall was very good but not outstanding, because we had one pizza with ham in (We are vegetarian). The lasagna was cold in the middle, despite being told it "very hot" we then saw them put it in the microwave and given the same plate again, having been told we would get a new dish. However the dessert was outstanding and so was most if not all of the main course and starter.

11 reviews so far 6
02.12.2015 09:06

Went to Il Guscio for my partner's birthday - we had booked for 6 but turned up for 8 and staff were very welcoming and went out of their way to find us seats and space. Food was great as ever, staff very friendly, and helpful presenting birthday cake at the end. Lovely dinner.

11 reviews so far 6
16.10.2015 09:33

Great as ever and had a really nice evening as usual. restaurant was quieter than usual but still a nice and friendly atmosphere in Il Guscio

1 review so far 6
17.12.2016 12:37

Enjoyed a great three course meal here. I'm vegetarian and it's nice to have such a selection of dishes to choose from, plus loved the specialities such as Canolo siciliano. Portion sizes were very generous and it was great value for money.

1 review so far 4
25.04.2016 13:28

The food was fantastic, but was a bit surprised to be accommodated in the basement area with the suggestion we book earlier next time (I booked a few months ago?' We did also ask if there was any chance that the battery could be changed in the smoke detector as it kept beeping. The staff were lovely though and so was the food.

1 review so far 5
18.11.2015 11:03

Great atmosphere. It's a shame that it's quite so cramped but this allows more people to enjoy it. We've been quite a few times, on this occasion the service was a little slow but we could easily forgive this as the food was excellent.

2 reviews so far 6
07.02.2016 19:01

This is our local go to restaurant. It is small so you need to book certainly at weekends. The staff are delightful and the food is good authentic italian. You won't be disappointed.

1 review so far 6
07.12.2016 09:08

Very good food, nice atmosphere, friendly staff and good value. Very good food, nice atmosphere, friendly staff and good value. Very good food, nice atmosphere, friendly staff and good value.

11 reviews so far 6
18.09.2015 08:43

Great as ever - the staff are lovely and this is now our favourite local! Generous portions (we ended up with doggy bags to take home) and great value.

11 reviews so far 5
10.08.2015 13:54

Lovely as ever - great food and service, wonderful value and we had a frantic time paying at the end because we had to rush to get a bus but staff were very helpful!

1 review so far 6
18.07.2015 20:30

Il Cuscio's is a delightful place, with delicious food in good quantites. We will definitely be returning here again in the near future! Thanks for the great experience!

11 reviews so far 6
12.08.2015 08:25

Unsurprisingly great as ever - it was my anniversary and we asked for a specific table which we got, and were given a complimentary limoncello at the end.

2 reviews so far 6
06.02.2017 08:42

Great Italian food and friendly ambience. Swordfish eaters were highly satisfied by their meal. My pizza was very hot, but that's what I expected with jalapeño peppers.

2 reviews so far 6
02.01.2016 11:20

Always an enjoyable experience at Il Guscio. Check the Sardinian specials on the chalk board. The lobster and crab ravioli are as worthy of a Michelin star.