Pizza Locadeli

pizza locadeli

pizza locadeli

October 30th, 2015

I had a late lunch with Adrian yesterday, at Pizza Locadeli on Upper Street. I’d noticed the restaurant a couple of weeks ago and was very keen to go there, as I have a lot of respect for the Michelin starred chef proprietor, Giorgio Locatelli – he strikes me as being far more interested in food than in being a celebrity chef.

Pizza Locadeli is a popup pizzeria in the old Post Office on Upper Street. The space will soon be redeveloped as Islington Square, with new shops and restaurants, but for three months (until December 23rd) it’s been fitted out with a wood fired pizza oven that makes real Italian pizza, as opposed to the soggy lumps of dough served by high street chains.

carpaccio di pesce

carpaccio di pesce

We ordered starters of Carpaccio di pesce spada, mele e melograno – a swordfish carpaccio with green apple and pomegranate. This was delicious – distinctly fishy, but at the same time quite delicate.

garlic bread

garlic bread

…and Garlic bread, cooked in the pizza oven and very garlicky dripping olive oil – perfect!

seaside

seaside

Next up came the pizzas. Seaside above, being tomato, mozzarella, prawns, swordfish and clams. Just looking at it makes one think of seashells and the beach.

marinara

marinara

Marinara was the traditional tomato, mozzarella, anchovies, capers, black olives and oregano. The pizzas were faultless, having a perfect thin and crispy base with ample umami toppings. These could be the best pizzas in London – they are large and very reasonably priced at £9 – £15.

interior

interior

We drank a tasty bottle of Merlot del Veneto IGT, Torresella, 2013 with our meal. Pudding was skipped in favour of coffee. It was dark when we left and almost time for a pizza supper! Pizza Locadeli looks quite stylish, situated in the old Post Office lobby. The staff were charming (authentically Italian) and the bathroom was notably huge with trees growing in pots! I’m hooked and will be returning …often I hope.

Pizza Locadeli is at 116-117 Upper Street, Islington, N1 1AE 12-11pm no bookings.

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21 Responses to Pizza Locadeli

  1. Ruth says:

    Everything sounds and looks perfectly delicious. Just sorry I’m too far away to sample.

  2. Eha says:

    Absolutely the kind of lunch I love: one leaves the restaurant as the night descends! Altho’ in a November London I guess that is early . . . that fish carpaccio looks superb and fresh . . . not such a ‘peculiar’ statement having just received a note from a dear blogging buddy who loved her conch fritters on a layover in Miami . . . . to be desperately ill during the rest of the flights home and for days after . . .

    • Mad Dog says:

      Thanks Eha! Yes it’s getting dark here at about 5pm and it was a grey day on Friday too. Shame about your friend, but at least she enjoyed the conch fritters at the time 🙂

  3. What a great place to go. Like just about everyone I know I love pizza and a fascinated by the idea of a pop up restaurant.. I think knowing it has a finite life there would be a good turn out. You would not want to miss out. I loved Upper street. I must come back.. but sadly not before these guys will have packed up and found another location.. wonderful.. c

    • Mad Dog says:

      It was fantastic and I suspect at some point Pizza Locadeli will find a permanent home (the current pop up being the second incarnation). This kind of pizza is my favourite, where the oven is so hot that it cooks in a couple of minutes and that’s what makes the base so wonderfully crispy. I remember reading about Jeffrey Steingarten trying to do this at home by removing the thermostat on his oven – it didn’t turn out too well.
      I look forward to meeting you for pizza in London one day… 🙂

      • He removed the thermostat? So it got even hotter? When Fede comes back next winter he wants to build an ” horno something” is that the word? An oven outside heated with a fire to cook pizzas and bread. We will have to have lots of visitors.. and yes a visit through London and out to France then into Italy is looking more and more likely – maybe not next year but soon after. Fingers crossed. We might meet up – hopefully we are not both in wheelchairs with minders by then! Life goes past so fast! c

        • Mad Dog says:

          Yes – the temperature kept rising and then clouds of black smoke came out!
          Horno is indeed correct – it means oven in Spanish. An outdoor wood fired oven will make the perfect pizza, bread and a lot of other things.
          Perhaps you could bring Sheila and Poppy to pull us along in Bath chairs 😉

          • Eha says:

            Huh! That WILL be the day!! You two will never be in Bath chairs . . . but thrilled to hear about travels planned! Much more so about one Fede being back on the farmy somehow, sometime . . . . somehow, quietly, it shows about the simple and unconditional love with which those travelling find peace for a day or a week or a month . . . they leave only to return . . .

  4. jmcheney says:

    Oh, how I wish I could feast on the pizza marinara. I know it would be divine. I love the delightful videos posted on youtube of Giorgio Locatelli & art historian AndrewGraham-Dixon’s Italy Unpacked from the BBC and have watched them multiple times. Giorgio is a Star of Screen & Cuisine! Go back as soon as you can for all of us who can’t!

    • Mad Dog says:

      Locatelli’s love of food really shines in that series of programmes and Andrew Graham-Dixon is such an appreciative side kick, not to mention knowledgeable art historian. They make for a very good combination – I’ve watched all three series.
      Writing this post today made me very hungry (again) and I think I might have to go back for lunch tomorrow 😉

      • Love those programmes too – and this is exactly how pizza should be…not those horrible thick crusts with half a ton of mozzarella and pineapple and plastic salami 😦

        • Mad Dog says:

          Too true – I can’t imagine anything worse than pineapple on a pizza. The sad thing is that people were opening small pizzerias here in the late 70s, with proper ovens, but by the early 80s they’d been put out of business by the big chains serving soggy dough with a ketchup like topping. It’s taken 30 years for decent pizza to come back. I’m so glad it did 🙂

  5. What a feast. Those pizzas look so good and the fish carpaccio looks perfect. I love that a Michelin chef isn’t afraid to dabble in pizza. It really looks so good. Glad you enjoyed such a wonderful meal.

    • Mad Dog says:

      Thanks Amanda! I think it’s a very good thing that Locatelli cares enough to spend time on such a simple dish …and one that so many restaurants do badly 🙂

  6. Those pizzas look to be the dog’s….very, very sexy indeed. I haven’t eaten a proper pizza for a very long time. Nice post, MD

  7. I love pizza, I’m devouring some left over pizza slices as we speak for my dinner tonight. There’s nothing like the real deal when it comes to pizza.

  8. Karen says:

    A thin, crispy crust is what makes a great pizza. To be the best in London, you found a winner.

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