This outpost of the Buonasera family of Italian restaurants has put down firm roots in the Battersea and Clapham Junction quarters of our fair capital. Located on the corner of Northcote Road and Cairns Road, Buonasera joins the clutch of other eateries in the neighbourhood within an easy trek from the station. A bright and breezy Italian restaurant, Buonasera is beloved by Southwest London families and groups of friends catching up over a comprehensive selection of authentic bel paese fare. From antipasti to pasta, pizza and staples of the Italian primi and secondi piatti, Buonasera’s offering covers all bases.
Running through Buonasera’s eminently Italian menu, a few dishes from each of the classic meal structure pop out as favourites among regulars to this Clapham Junction and Battersea trattoria. Besides the mixed antipasti platters – great ideas for a larger group or simply as an introduction to the delicious cheeses and cured meats of the bel paese – a house signature here is undoubtedly the guazzetto, a fish casserole stocked with tiger prawns, mussels, clams, cherry tomatoes, rocket, garlic and chilli. It’s a seafood bonanza right here in south London and dinner’s hardly begun.
Over to the pasta selection, Buonasera’s saffron-laced gnocchi with pancetta, courgette and a creamy sauce is unmissable, but it's the salsiccia e fagioli, know at this south London Italian restaurant as Lorenzo’ sausages – not to be confused with the lifesaving oil that goes by the same name – that wins us over. A hearty stew of borlotti beans, authentic Italian sausage, rosemary and garlic with deep-fried polenta to mop it all up, it’s a brilliant introduction to what Buonasera does best. And that’s to maintain a place where Clapham Junction and Battersea locals can always find reliably excellent Italian fare. wherever you are in the city, make your way to Northcote Road for a taste of your own – after you make a booking, of course.
Nice food (if a bit more expensive than it used to be), friendly service, and good atmosphere. We've been coming here for about thirty years for family birthdays. I am missing papa. Has he retired?
Always have fun here, it's always has a great buzz with fab staff that are very friendly and generous on the shots! Food is what you'd expect from a rustic type restaurant
Excellent quality straight forward Italian cuisine. Pizza is particularly strong and very much recommended. Portion sizes are pleasantly generous. Would happy come back in the future.