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Unfortunately the front of house staff had a very poor command of English.
The noise level was very high.
The food was vey bland and unappetising
When the issue with taste was brought to the management's attention they reacted well but due to lack of English they did not understand our problem and so were unable to resolve the issue by a simple change of dis but they continued to serve the same dish which was objected to in the first place.
Your staff, and venue excellent. I had ‘veal’, which according to menu I expected it to be a nice not over cooked piece of veal or veal chop. What turned up appeared to be milenese, it was a solid piece of something that was unrecognisable, so hard it was difficult to cut, vastly overlooked and tasteless. Sorry to have to say this, you have asked my opinion. If I’m not happy with restaurant, I don’t usually complain but never return.
Have eaten many times before. The service this time was very slow and erratic
Lovely restaurant with a feel of local patronage that is important to the hosts.
Excellent food and drink. Friendly and efficient service.
Certainly a place to visit again.
Lovely intimate decor, very welcoming staff, a very good permanent menu and interesting specials of the day. We had grouper fish, rare to find in any restaurant. They will also helpfully amend your dish if you request which some chefs refuse to do! A lovely neighbourhood restaurant that deserves to be much busier as it was v quiet when we went.
Nice neighbourhood spot with good food. Very friendly staff who gave good service. A bit noisy and brightly lit for a dinner spot though....
Good food and charming service.
Disappointed that I didn’t get the 10% discount on my first visit as advertised!
Great atmosphere. Pasta rather al dente for my taste. Starter small. Staff very friendly.
Excellent food, pleasant surroundings and very pleasant staff.
Delicious food but neither the food nor wine list bore much similarity to what is on the website. This in terms of both content and where dishes were the same, price !
They should sort this as it’s a disappointing start to the experience when you have already assessed for budget and which food you like the look of.
Saying that portions were generous and I wasn’t able to finish a very tasty but just so rich Gorgonzola walnut and speck pasta.
Delicious as usual! All pasta is handmade, the veal Milanese is the best I've had in London. Highly recommend
Loved the food, gorgeous monkfish main course. Friends loved their food too. Starters rather pricey. Staff were lovely.
Excellent food and service. Most enjoyable evening and will certainly go back.
The food was delicious - really exceptional. Congratulations to the chef - I'll be coming back!
A good neighbourhood Italian restaurant - good food, ambiance and service at a reasonable price
Absolutely delicious and service was outstanding, will be back very soon!
Lovely restaurant... Been there 2 weeks running~ and another evening booked already..
Deliciously different Italian dishes not normally served in most Italian restaurants in London, all with fresh ingredients and beautifully presented. The service was excellent, and the atmosphere in this small but well-appointed restaurant was made more special by the variety of clientele, from young singles to families to older couples. A delightful evening.
Absolute fantastic find... Already booked for next weekend.The best pasta I've had since living in Rome.
Fantastic~ not over the top service.
Great for an intimate dinner or a group.
Great home made italian food and friendly service.
Had a really enjoyable meal and the food was really yummy... lovely waitress that looked after us
Amazing service, wonderful food, great authentic Italian restaurant in Belsize Park!
The food was amazing and the waitress was so friendly. It was a great restaurant and I would definitely dine here again.
All the food was excellent - we had liver & halibut for mains with all the side vegetables - perfect! The price of the mains was a little high, but very reasonable for the side dishes' very generous and beautifully-prepared portions.
Service was very friendly and efficient.
I recommend the variety of fried fish in the appetiser section and the pasta with shrimp as being delicious.
We just had a short window to have a meal and Il Primo staff pulled out all stops to give us a great table, fast, attentive service and delicious fresh food. Thank you.
This was my first visit to Il Primo and it certainly won't be my last. A genuine Italian atmosphere and real Italian staff prevailed to complete the experience. The choice of food and wine was sufficient without being too restricted, and we enjoyed the veal Milanese as a good substitute for the hoped-for duck, accompanied by a delectable Italian rose wine called, rather appealingly, "Blush". The noise level was ok, thanks to the relatively small interior space, and I really appreciated the absence of lights being lowered and over-loud music being played which so help to to wreck one's enjoyment (are you paying attention, Carluccio?). Overall I give the highest possible rating to Il Primo. It deserves to survive and to do well.
Overall good place to eat, although there is room for improvement on the coffee.
Wow! What a great little gem in the heart of Belsize Park. Service was great and food wasn’t outstanding. You’d be hard pressed to find better Italian food anywhere ... even in Italy. Can’t recommend highly enough
Tastes like really excellent Italian home cooking with lots of attractive options
Good Italian food in convenient Englands Lane location
Lovely food great service and very nicely decorated. I thought I was in Italy
Well done a great restaurant
Excellent, neighbourhood Italian restaurant. Lovely ambience and very good home cooking.
UNREAL!! Highly recommend everything was amazing, I couldn't believe it!
Cucina italiana Ottima con prodotti veramente di qualità. Lo consiglio vivamente a tutti i turisti a Londra che vogliono godersi un pezzettino di cucina nostrana.
Great food, but felt a bit rushed. No one went through the specials with us, and our starters arrived as if they had been waiting for us. In and out in under an hour--which could have been nice for a weeknight business meal, but wasn't really ideal for a Saturday date-night.
The fresh pasta is really outstanding. All the dishes we had (party of 5) were really good.
IL Primo is a real Italian restaurant in Belsize Park. I say real because so many places just do Pizza and Pasta which is only a small fraction of real Italian food, and IL Primo does the real thing. One of our party had lambs liver as a main, my starter was a fabulous Melanzane with cheese - and I could really taste the aubergine. Someone else had a seafood stew.
My one criticism about my meal was that my sea bass while beautifully presented was not as fresh as it might have been. Hence 4 stars rather than 5.
Excellent food! Best Italian in NW London. Lovely diverse menu. Service was great, very attentive without being overbearing. Wine list is pretty good although I'd like to see some organic wines.
Lovely restaurant in Belsize Park with wonderful food, ambiance and service. Small but very satisfying selection of dishes in true Italian cuisine. Presentation is also top-notch. I will come back soon!!!