The orginal and most famous Pizza in the world has now come to London. L'Antica Pizzeria de Michele has come from Naples to reside in beautiful Stoke Newington.
Yes, Stoke Newington, i said it. London is a huge foodie town, so when you have a new restaurant and somewhere less expensive than the west end, Stokey may just be the next best thing.
L'Antica has been around for over 100 years and is from the home of the Pizza, Naples.
Pizzas have definitely evolved over the years, some good evolutions to some horrendous ones (ham and pineapple). L'Antica in London sticks to the basics and classics. On the menu there are only two choices:
- A margarita (tomato, mozzarella, a touch of basil)
- A marinara (tomato, oregano, olive oil, garlic).
We had to wait over forty minutes in total to get a seat on a warm Wednesday evening. The buzz was truly alive here and the hype had brought with it many people.
Is the hype justified. Maybe... just about (ish).
The two simple pizzas come out charred and quickly. Cooked in their really hot oven, these Pizzas get a quick and minimal coating of ingredients and then onto your table. The Marinara was my fave of the two, the importance of cheese on a Pizza can not be undervalued. The tomato sauce and garlic too also added extra flavour.
The simplicity of it all made you appreciate and understand why de Michele has legendary status and lasted over 100 years. By introducing two simple pizzas, is a good ploy by the Italians as it helps us Brits concentrate on the basics of pure quality. You get that here and that is all you need; simply good food.
GOOD TIMES: Good Pizzas, simply good food.
WATCH OUT: Not worth the forty minute wait. Too long, sorry.
OMG: There are only two pizzas.