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