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33, Manor Farm Road | Bitterne Park, Southampton, England
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: It's a lovely Caffe/deli/pasticeria located in Bitterne Park Triangle and...
It's a lovely Caffe/deli/pasticeria located in Bitterne Park Triangle and owned by a chap called Sandro.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Really authentic Italian food in simple surroundings

Needed a quick lunch locally for a staff brainstorming. Small but charming cafe where four of us had different dishes. My spaghetti with anchovies was a novelty for me and others had more traditional fare. It was reasonably priced and obviously each dish was made from scratch as we had quite a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
Elizabeth E
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Needed a quick lunch locally for a staff brainstorming. Small but charming cafe where four of us had different dishes. My spaghetti with anchovies was a novelty for me and others had more traditional fare. It was reasonably priced and obviously each dish was made from scratch as we had quite a long wait after ordering. Well worth it and... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Sandro has nurtured this little oasis of calm and it is now a brilliant Italian café during the day and an authentic Italian restaurant at night - Excellent

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Southampton, England, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I had been trying for years, to eat at Il Picchio. Not very hard, but trying all the same. Every time I thought "must see if we can get a table in the Woodpecker", it was full. Full of happy looking people, eating tasty looking food. It may not be to everybody's taste, as some types may feel that is... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Our second visit here and once again came away full of praise for Sandro's little cafe. Ordered bruschetta and bread with oil to start. Best bruschetta I have ever had!! Both had pasta for main, so fresh and cooed perfectly. You do have to wait for the food but I never mind as it is cooked fresh and Sandro runs... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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14 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

You may have to wait a little while here as everything is cooked from scratch, but boy is it worth it, meatballs to die for, melt in the mouth deserts, cheese and meat platters and a whole range of deli products. If you love italian, you will love this, but allow plenty of time.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Quiet and unassuming is how this place looks. With no more than 10-12 covers you get the sort of personal service that is comforting but not intrusive. My folks had travelled down from Yorkshire and after a long journey were tired and a touch tetchy.. 5 minutes in Il Picchio soon sorted that out. The food was freshly cooked and... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 via mobile

Cute little friendly cafe, with excellent gluten free options . cakes sandwiches and pasta. Definatly keep coming back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Food is very fresh, you can taste it. I had simple pasta with a lovely coffee in the sun. It was an idyllic way to spend an afternoon, well worth a visit.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Visited this place with my boyfriend today after he found it on Trip Adviser. Coffee was very good, lovely and strong. As it was lunch we shared a bruschetta and panini. As fans of bruschetta I have to say it was one of the best I've had, so fresh and lots of garlic. The panini was also very good, high... More 

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Appledore, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My sister who is local and I went here for lunch .The menu is simple but the food is great and the coffee is really good so much so I had two . There is some outside seating and we sat outside as it was too hot inside with the warm weather when I come back to Southampton again will... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 33, Manor Farm Road | Bitterne Park, Southampton, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  Southampton

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

It's a lovely Caffe/deli/pasticeria located in Bitterne Park Triangle and owned by a chap called Sandro.

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