Sunday 2 September 2012

Buona Sera, Northcote Road, south London

A long-standing and buzzy Italian restaurant selling competent pizzas and pasta dishes for less than a tenner apiece, Buona Sera attracts gangs of lively twentysomethings, but also older diners. The philosophy is "pile it high, sell it cheap" and it works. Buona Sera is a large restaurant, but the tables are closely packed and its popularity means it can feel quite cramped inside.  Like the food, the drinks are keenly priced for London - a glass of prosecco is £4.80, while beer comes in at £3.50 for a bottle. Unfortunately, the d√©cor is white and a rather sickly, luminescent green - it needs updating. But with fast and efficient service, it is easy to see why Buona Sera has been round for so long. 7/10