What's for Lunch? Santoré

By tikichris Last edited 125 months ago
What's for Lunch? Santoré

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Londonist ask that most pressing of daily concerns: where to go on your lunch break.

Santoré

59-61 Exmouth Market EC1R 4QL

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Average Lunch Price: £9

Rating: 9.5 out of 10

Some months back the entertainment section of Crumbs for Men magazine featured a rave review about Santoré, a phenomenally yummy pizzeria at Exmouth Market in Clerkenwell. Then, when Santoré began home-delivery, ontoLondon duly made a jubilant note. Now that Londonist is pondering what’s for lunch, it’s time to proselytize for Santoré’s virtues as well.

The word 'Santoré' is Italian for Holy King - a well suited title, as lunching on a margherita from here is a near religious experience. Washing said margherita down with a crisp Peroni is truly divine. Similarly, sharing a pizza al metro with friends is a wonderful sort of communion.

Unfamiliar with the al metro experience? It works like this: in addition to individual round pies, Santoré serves rectangular pizza by the meter, brought to your table on long wooden platform. The more people – or the hungrier your party is – the longer the pizza. The pizza chefs at Santoré are happy to mix the toppings on the al metros to please a variety of tastes. All pizzas are baked in a traditional wood burning oven at this truly authentic Neapolitan owned and managed restaurant. Godsend.

Of course, Santoré boasts a full menu of antipasti, salads, soups, mains, etc for non-pizza enthusiasts, as well as a good wine selection. Now that the warm weather months are here, Santoré makes a great spot for al fresco dining (ie people watching) on buzzy, mostly pedestrian, Exmouth Market. A reasonably priced menu and a friendly, very Italian staff make Santoré a brilliant lunchtime option for devout fans of Italy’s most hallowed export.

Photography by Emiana © 2007

Last Updated 05 June 2007

Casey

I had the worst restaurant experience I've ever had at Santore. The service was absolutely atrocious and worse than anything I've ever experienced. I will NEVER go back there, and have even been driven to glaring, and on occasion, flipping the bird, anytime I walk by. Yes, it was THAT bad.

Cheryl

Wow. I ate there last night and it was fabulous.

tikichris

'... service was absolutely atrocious ...'

Really? I've been there so many times that I can't remember, and the staff has been nice from the start. I have noticed some new faces working there - so, maybe the problem you experienced has been corrected.

Even if I had experience bad service (which I haven't!), I probably still would go back for Santoré's gorgeous pizza.

Thanks for your comment,
Chris Osburn

Si

mmmmm     pizza