Pizza is a type of cuisine where you have to eat in. Once you put it in a box for delivery or takeaway the firmness and flavour goes away. The steam takes away some of the core greatness of a Pizza. That is why to truly judge somewhere you need to eat in.
Sacro Cuore in Crouch End is not a new restaurant. I have had takeaway before and it has been decent enough. When asked for a Pizza Joint in the area, this was the first place I thought of.
Let's get a few words from the restaurant itself:
"Sacro Cuore is a traditional Neapolitan Pizzeria in Kensal Rise. We opened in summer 2012 and the pizza we make is identical to what you would eat in Naples, the birthplace of pizza. We use the same ingredients, the same cooking method and the same oven. For us it is all about the pizza!"
The big claim nowadays is of pizza from Naples and that is what everyone wants. The birthplace of Pizza and many other new London eaters are making this claim too; Santa Maria in Ealing and L'antica Pizzeria in Hampstead and Stoke Newington.
Twice in one week is a good sign of a solid, reliable restaurant. Sacro Cuore is exactly this and some more as well. A cosy restaurant situated up on the hill of the broadway, the chilled but busy vibe makes it a venue you wished to be at. On both visits there were many Italians and this made me confident that the food was good and appreciated by all.
I was sat by the chef and asked if for his advice on what to eat and he suggested the special number two. This was smoked mozzarella, pancetta and mushrooms. The smokey mozarella was key to making this pizza great as just bought everything together with the toasty and crispy pancetta and brief hints of basil throughout.
I tried the Diavolo the week before and this too was a good one, chilies gave it a bit of a kick but not overpowering. Two good pizzas in a week and two good garlic focaccia's too. These were packed full of garlic an Italian herb. Some more seasoning on the focaccia and the pizza too wouldn't be a bad thing. But maybe that is a personal taste. Strangely enough,, there is no salt on the tables just pepper. Maybe they are trying to look after our health.
GOOD TIMES: Smokey cheese- the mozzarella was very good as was the garlic focaccia.
WATCH OUT: no salt to be seen, maybe it is a good thing, although I wanted to a bit
OMG: only San Pellegrino here; no coke.. They stick to what they know.