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“A great family style and authentic Italian restaurant.”
Review of Il Bacio

Il Bacio
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed April 15, 2012

I've been her twice now and the place has a good feel about it. It's small andd cosy and is scattered with a variation of art and other amusing ornaments. The service is great and the staff very attentive. The food is what you'd expect from a good Italian restaurant. I highly recommend it and I'll definitely be going back soon.

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Reviewed April 2, 2012

This review on based on three of us girlies dining in the sunshine on a Tuesday lunchtime.



Il Bacio is a family run Italian restaurant that has recently opened in Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill. The owners have successfully run a restaurant in Church Street, Stoke Newington for 15 years.

When I met the girls for lunch it was a blisteringly hot day, hence why I suggested this restaurant as when I have driven past before I’ve noticed the lovely outdoor space at the front of the restaurant. When I arrived at 12.30pm I was a little disappointed that the outside area was shaded. To my surprise as I entered the restaurant my friend Louise (who is never late) was no where to be seen. I then noticed that during the extensive renovations an outdoor area at the side of the restaurant has been created – no need for me to be disappointed! Louise had secured us a lovely table directly in the sun, so now our lunch could begin.



The menu is a mixture of Pizzas, Pastas and Traditional Italian main dishes. There was also a large choice of specials.

We had a selection of garlic breads to start (Bruschetta, Sardinian bread with Pecorino cheese, olives, rosemary and wild mushrooms and one just plain with cheese). All were freshly stone baked in a pizza oven and were very tasty. The portion sizes are large too – one pizza bread would easily have been sufficient for all three of us but we ordered one each. This unfortunately meant that we did not order a starter as well as main as it would have been too much. It is a shame thought as my mouth had been watering whilst perusing the starter part of the menu. The starters include Calamari, King prawns with chilli, white wine and garlic, Chicken livers and Asparagus with a Mediterranean Vinaigrette.



The main course menu is just as mouth-watering as the starter section. As well as a huge selection of pastas and pizzas they also have a variety of meat and fish dishes as well as a “speciality pizza section”. Our main courses arrived promptly after we ordered them.

Louise ordered Asparagus risotto, which she said was creamy and just the right consistency. Risotto can often be so over or uncooked. I ordered the fillet steak (perfectly medium rare) which came with a selection of green vegetables and some very nicely cooked sauté potatoes. Emma ordered the Sea bass which she said had a lovely char grilled taste, and fell off the bone. These were washed down with a couple of white wine spritzers. There is an extensive wine list including a large selection of Italian and Sardinian red, white and rose wines. All the food was well presented, hot and full of flavour.



Whilst enjoying the sunshine and letting our lunch go down I had a look around the inside of the restaurant. It was very busy for a Tuesday lunchtime. The restaurant is fairly small – but not in a negative way. Its size creates an intimate environment. It is almost like you could be in a bistro in Islington. The outside area at the front of the restaurant was also fully occupied by this point. The clientele ranged from people holding business meetings to families and ladies that lunch.



Unfortunately we did not have room for dessert but the menu included a selection of ice creams, tiramisu and chocolate delights.



Overall I would say we had a very pleasant dining experience, the staff was friendly and helpful, the restaurant has an intimate, yet buzzy atmosphere and the food was generous in portion size whilst being beautifully presented and full of flavour.

I think that Il Bacio is a welcome addition to the Essex restaurant scene and I can see I will be enjoying many a bottle of wine there in the up coming summer.

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