500 Restaurant

782 Holloway Road, London, N19 3JH Categories: FOOD, Restaurant Italian restaurant in Islington Italian restaurant in London

Fresh ingredients prepared daily with loads of knowledge and passion for food.
Home made bread, gnocchi and ravioli with our menu changing seasonally
to keep offering fresh and tasty ingredients.

Mario Magli; Born in Varese, suburb of Milan, started to work in restaurant kitchen since the young age of 14. In 1997 Mario moved to London for new cooking experiences. He started at “The Neal Street Restaurant”, Antonio Carluccio’s restaurant. Three years later he worked for Gennaro Contaldo, at “Passione” restaurant, where he continued to grow and learn on what is for him a passion, and not a job, cooking. Mario met Jamie Oliver at Passione restaurant, as Gennaro Contaldo and Jamie Oliver are often working together. Mario had the opportunity to work at “15”, Jamie Oliver restaurant. Mario will work at 15 for two years, where he will teach Jamie’s trainees how to prepare fresh pasta and bread. In 2008, he will open his own restaurant in partnership with Giorgio Pili.

500 Restaurant, named after the Fiat 500, another little passion, will open with Mario’s cooking knowledge and experience gained in all these years of hard work among celebrity chefs. Fresh ingredients, bread and pastas prepared on the premises every day will be the key. After few month 500 built already a substantial amount of regular customers. The menu changes about 5 times a year, although Mario needs to keep some dishes coming back regularly as some “signature dishes” will be requested even if they are not on the menu. The most asked for are the “oven baked rabbit”, succulent juicy. The “fritto misto”, a mixture of fresh seafood and vegetables deep fried. His gnocchi, soft as clouds or the pasta with Italian sausage ragù or again pasta with slow cooked beef in tomato and red wine sauce are to die for, as some customers say. Not to mention Mario’s tiramisu.

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2 Comments on 500 Restaurant

Report Subscribe 17/02/2015 10:07

Hadn't been to 500 for a while but will be returning again very soon. Excellent food and service!

Report Subscribe 30/01/2015 10:35

I have been using this little Italian for a few years. It had been consistently good in giving me an authentic Italian meal with good if never exceptional service. There is a good chef at work here. Sometime the food can be truly wonderful. A few occasions, the food is merely good, as though a little inspiration is gone from the kitchen, but generally a good standard is seen. It is cosy and easy, with a nice selection of Italian wine at reasonable mark up. My fettucine with gurnard was easy but lacked a little inspiration. The saucing was nice but needed a little zing. That maybe a little garlic, a little chilli, a little something i cannot really define. I would have also like to see a little more of the fish. i am not a fan of broken up fish served in bits. A nice pan seared piece on the top or the side of the pasta would have allowed it to shine. The pasta was pre hap a little over cooked. But I am very particular with pasta. Partridge was immensely tasty, a little tough on the bone, so I resorted to using fingers to get the meat off the bone and treated it it a piece of southern fried chicken, This improved my enjoyment of the dish no end,. not sure how my guest felt to my caveman manners. I like the fact this small, unassuming place, in the deadwood of Holloway, does and will cook dishes with partridge and venison and hare. I like it serves quince as a dessert. I like it is traditional italian and i like it is not an italian chain, serving the standard fare that many diners think is italian. I like it is an independent. I like it is not ASK, ZSA ZSA or Jamie's Italian. This is Italian and I hope it doesn't give up or dumb down.