Absolutely NEVER disappoints - Giuseppe and team are so welcoming
It's great to have such a good independent restaurant on a local high street. I've visited 3 times now and the food is always very good and not just the standard options for the pasta sauces. The staff are always very friendly, helpful and attentive. I haven't been at the weekend so not sure if it becomes very busy but midweek there are always enough customers to give it ambience yet still be quiet.
Authentic Italian cuisine. Large portions! Would return.
We had a reservation here for dinner on a Friday night. The atmosphere was good, a small restaurant with Italian waiters. The tables were all quite close together as the space isn't big but that was fine. We were on the point of ordering our food and were told that we had to wait 10 minutes as there was a problem in the kitchen. Shortly afterwards we were then told that there was no gas so the we could not order anything that needed the hob or grill. This left us with the choice of pizza or a few of the specials that could be baked. We then ordered the few remaining possible options (none of which we had originally intended on ordering). The food was pretty good overall and the menu is well priced. We understood that the circumstances and lack of gas could not be helped but given that our evening there had not been as expected, and we had not had any of the food that we had wanted, we hoped that perhaps a discount or a voucher for a future visit might have been given. However, unfortunately not. We then explained our disappointment and we were reluctantly given a small proportion off the bill. It was a real shame that the evening ended like this and we left feeling annoyed, even though this could've easily been resolved if the matter had been handed in a more understanding manner. We understand that the gas issues could not be helped or resolved that evening but it felt like the matter could have been handled differently, other diners on a nearby table certainly felt the same too. We live locally so we had hoped that it would become one of our regulars but unfortunately we won't be rushing back anytime soon.
Extremely pleased with our dinner here. Food was delicious (we both had tagliatelle al ragu followed by chocolate fondant cake for dessert). Great value as well. Will be coming back!
Excellent food and service. Best penne pasta I have had in a long time. As a veggie my options are limited, but this was exceptional. First time here but I will definitely be back.
My preferred italian restaurant in london. Lovely people and delicious food.
A fabulous family run restaurant, wonderful food with something for everyone. the ambiance and service is second to none. ~Would highly recommend... but book early! they are very popular and rightly so.
Our food at Ciullosteria was as delicious as ever. The atmosphere in the restaurant has always felt cosy and friendly and our waiters were lovely and it was nice to have some chats with them. The restaurant can be a bit loud, but that often adds to the atmosphere, which is very relaxed. I think it's great value for money, and tastes like authentic Italian food.
My favourite in Balham!
Excellent food as always and friendly speedy service
My only negative comment would be that it gets really very warm in the restaurant! Otherwise the food was amazing, everything was absolutely fantastic.
We had a fabulous night the food and wine was spectacular
Giuseppe and his whole team are awesome hosts and definitely the best Italian restaurant in London absolutely authentic and the freshest ingredients possible I cannot live without my Risotto alla pescatora :) and the many other amazing dishes on the menu!
This fabulous family run local restaurant is definitely my family's favourite get-together, with its welcoming and lively atmosphere. It offers delicious food for all tastes including vegetarians. We have never been disappointed with our meal or service.
As always relaxed but fun atmosphere. Food and wine exceptional.
Great food for the whole family. Plenty of choice, good wine and fantastic staff who are always friendly. They always come over and say hello. Very kind to my children. Good value for money , one of our favourite restaurants
Definately worth another visit
Fantastic local Italian in Balham - the food was amazing quality and so delicious (I had the homemade seafood pasta). Big portions so you definitely don’t leave feeling hungry! Staff were fantastic - really can’t fault the restaurant.
Great food. It’s one of the rare gems I’ve discovered. Service can be a tad slow and you can of course get better service elsewhere (even though it wasn’t bad) but the food is simply great.
It’s hard to stand out as an Italian restaurant in my view. But, this one does! Highly recommend it.
PS - the pizzas are also fab.
Ciullosteria really is our favourite Italian restaurant in South West London, and we keep coming back! Food is delicious, atmosphere really cosy, and service impeccable. We will surely come back with friends and family!
Favourite place. Love the food and the staff! Always a treat to eat there.
Living nearby I use Ciullosteria a lot, meals with friends and family. I have never experienced a bad meal or service there. I think the restaurant speaks for itself judging by the full house most nights. Excellent Italian restaurant.
Best secret ever. I love how it’s a family run restaurant (or it feels like that). Beautiful balance of intimate, cosy and classy. Then there’s the food, amazing, to match the service itself. I’ve been going there for about 8 years and I’m 31.
Amazing neighborhood italian. Great service and even better food.
We've been returning customers now for the past 8 years and as always, really amazing food and the place is just wonderful!
Our favourite Italian Balham!! Always a lovely visit! Delicious food and service ☺️
Firm local favourite with great wine list, consistently good menu and specials all topped up with friendly happy service.
The best Italian in the area by a mile. The fish is cooked to perfection and the ingredients of their dishes exceptional.
A perfect place. Great food, friendly staff. Well worth a visit for a casual dinner or a special occasion.
Amazing home cooked Italian food. The staff are very friendly & I love eating here.
OMG! This place is perfect! Homemade pasta and wonderful attention to details. We loved everything we had!
Perfetto! Never fails to deliver great. Gf is Italian and she likens it to home cooked food by Nonna. No better accolade
Superb all round restaurant- staff attentive but not fussing. Food delicious, fantastic choice of food and of course excellent wine. Would highly recommend
This is our favourite local Italian which always offers great quality at a good price. Never been disappointed.
We would recommend that you book a table at this small restaurant as it would be a shame to miss the opportunity to eat here. Excellent menu, great specials.
Went for our daughter's 10th birthday dinner. My family's favourite restaurant. Always fantastic.
Again another fab meal at Ciullosteria, the starters were superb and the home made pasta delicious. The waiting staff are so friendly and attentive! 6th time here and we will be back again.