It’s in Bologna that the idea of a “joy and respect”, ancient flours and organic ingredients-based pizzeria came to Matteo and Salvatore Aloe. After opening five restaurants in Italy, their first London outpost opened with Emma King (Gail’s) and named after a free local radio in the 70s opened in Hoxton Square, quickly followed by its Clapham sibling.
It’s loud, fun and colourful with big splashes of yellow, red and turquoise. Flour bags pile up, mortadella and mozzarella disappear in two seconds, the crispy nduja-caciocavallo-tomato or gorgonzola-speck-honey-fior di latte-walnuts sourdough pizzas are pre-shared, and the cucumber-gin sorbet freshly wakes the mouth up. A simple and friendly dolce vita, enhanced by a few glasses of Libera Terra anti-mafia wines.
How much?Starters: £3-6.50 - Pizzas: £5.90-13
Wine: glass from £4.90, bottle from £19.50
Where, when, how?Opening times: Monday-Thursday 12-10.30pm, Friday-Saturday 12pm-11pm, Sunday 12-10pm
Location: 67 Venn Street, London SW4 0BD
Tube stations: Clapham Common, Clapham High Street
Telephone: +44 (0)207 6273 881