In a nutshell
Six-time World Pizza Champion Bruno DiFabio brings his New York-style pizza to London’s Charing Cross Road with fellow New Yorkers Michael and Annabel Wheeler. A proper, affordable pizza stop in the centre of London that means those strange holes-in-the-walls need never be broached again.
There are appetisers – the burrata with cherry tomatoes is excellently creamy and sweet, New York style focaccia sandwiches include the excellent chicken cutlet with romaine lettuce, tomato, provolone and pesto aïoli. There are New York italian specialties such as spaghetti ragu bolognese with meatballs.
As authentically New York as the above treats are, the reason to come here is the pizza (margherita £3.75/slice, £20/16″ all others £4.20/slice £23/16″ pizza): the dough is made using a two-part fermentation, over 48 hours, and results in an ultra-crisp and airy base – the sauce uses 12 fresh herbs and spices and is deliciously rich as a result. Don’t miss Grandma’s pie: roast garlic, fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, pecorino romano, parsley and rope frantoio extra virgin olive oil; and the Hot Italian: fresh pinched sausage, sliced white onion, roasted sweet bell peppers, hot calabrese peppers and hot oil. But the star for us was the Brooklyn point: chopped fresh clams, garlic, pancetta, charred lemon, mozzarella, basil, Sicilian oregano and Frantoio extra-virgin olive oil – it won the title of The Food Network’s Best New York Pizza in the NYC Food & Wine Competition – and we could see why!
What I’ll order next time
Another of their award-winning pizzas – this time Grand Champion, Hudson Valley Food Challenge, New York: the pitt master; pulled pork, pancetta, caramelised onion, mozzarella, barbecue sauce and an agave nectar brushed crust
What’s the room like
A New York themed, fairly basic canteen – perfect for horsing down a slice or two between shops!
What we liked
Endlessly refillable soda (fizzy drinks) from a machine for £2.50.
By Gregor Shepherd September 2015
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