We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Typically Italian but more like a nursery than a restaurant.”

Buongiorno E Buonasera
Ranked #1 of 8 Restaurants in Headington
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 5 - US$ 15
Restaurant details
Reviewed 20 August 2018

This Italian eatery is different from all the others in Headington. The glass frontage curves round a corner from the main London Road into the side road with the famous shark in the roof of a terraced house. Inside the glass door you turn to the left and are faced with a long counter of pastries with a chef preparing pizzas. No sign of it being a restaurant as you walk towards children playing table football. Turning the corner you see several Formica topped tables with families with children draped around them, running between various games areas, enjoying themselves. It is as authentically Southern Italian of the 1970s as you could get in England, even to the old postcards and 'Made Italy' unevenly painted in red letters on the whitewashed walls.
The thin, hard,, oblong pizza was difficult to slice and not a very generous size.. The ice-cream based desserts were nice but expensive. Despite mentioning an allergy, one of the party had an immediate bad reaction, though to be fair it might have been from a hidden ingredient that the staff were unaware of.
The meal was expensive and we won't be going back. Good for kids though.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Mary s
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (109)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

7 - 11 of 109 reviews

Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

This was a great find for a bit of a different brunch! Very tasty with lots of choice and friendly Italian service. You can also buy some Italian groceries here. Decent prices too. Lovely.

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank abc2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 30 July 2018

Popped in for a late Sunday Evening snack

Loads of choice with plentiful free water

We had one each, but the portions are large, and would share two pizzas between three next time

I had the Carbonara which was great

Date of visit: July 2018
    • Value
    • Service
    • Food
Thank OddsFamily
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

My friend and I decided to take a day trip to Oxford and saw this place whilst walking past! We decided, seeing as Italy are known for their pizza, that we would stop off and give it a go.. we were VERY happy.

As we walked in, we got a very warm welcome from the man making the pizza and saying hello in Italian creating that Italian vibe straight away. Looking through the menu, the Carbonara pizza caught my eye!

We decided to share one with a gluten free base! We waited a total of about 7 mins for the food to come out which is pretty quick if you ask me! When it came out, it looked just as amazing as it tasted! Half way through the meal, the man who made the pizza checked up and asked how it was, needless to say he was pleased to hear we were loving it!

Will recommend for anyone who wants a reasonably priced Italian pizza!

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Cameron B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 9 June 2018

Popped in with friends for a snack at around 3pm on a Thursday. The staff were lovely but the food was odd, and the place was huge and lacking in any charm. A focaccia sandwich was made with flat bread only about 2mm thick, not my understanding of focaccia at all. And our pizza was tasteless. We ordered one with Italian sausage and when it came, the 'sausage' turned out to be a few small bits of mince-like pale meat which were sprinkled over a tomatoless base.
My stars are for the staff, not the food.

Date of visit: June 2018
    • Value
    • Service
    • Food
Thank rosnorfolk
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
SupportBB, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Buongiorno E Buonasera, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2018

Buongiorno rosnorfolk and thanks for the feedback. We are glad that the welcoming staff made the experience pleasant, and hope you'll give a second chance to our pizzas!

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Buongiorno E Buonasera also viewed

Headington, Oxford
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Oxford, Oxfordshire

Been to Buongiorno E Buonasera? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing