Croydon’s SalVe Italian Restaurant is unique. From the origins of its name and its history to the lovely interior and the highly trained chefs in the kitchen, SalVe is a different kind of restaurant, and one of the city’s most talked-about Italian eateries. Located on Lansdowne Road, close to the Wellesley Road tram stop and East Croydon station, SalVe finds itself in a busy region of town, and in an ideal location for those looking to eat great Italian cuisine after a day out shopping.
So what does SalVe actually mean? In Italian, salve is a formal way of greeting someone. SalVe’s manager, Enrica, hails from Salento in southern Italy, while head chef Denis originates from Venezia in the north. Combing sal for Salento and ve for Venezia, you get SalVe, a smart play on words that is representative of Enrica and Denis’s commitment to representing the finest cuisine of their home cities. Creative? We definitely think so. This creativity carries over into the kitchen as well, where Denis and his team concoct some of Croydon’s most unique Italian specialties.
The best way to enjoy starters at SalVe Italian Restaurant on Landsowne Road is by ordering one of the sharing platters. Try the antipasto misto all'italiana, a selection of cured meats with artichokes, black olives, rocket salad and a basket of fresh bread, the perfect selection of antipasti to share among friends. Or skip the starters all together, and turn straight to the pizza page of the menu. Here you’ll find numerous options, including vegetarian pizzas. For seafood lovers, we recommend the pizza Venezia topped with king prawns, baby prawns, mussels and clams. The menu is very large, and full of pastas, salads and wines galore – make a reservation and see for yourself!
Lovely food and nice service. Highly recommended and will have to go again as it's over the road from the hotel I'm regularly staying in for work