Perfect Princi Pizza
When: May 2013
I can't think how many times I'd walked past this place wondering what on earth it was. With the white walls and metallic tables and bustling atmosphere it always looked a little off putting. However, in truth I couldn't have been more mistaken. As they don't do bookings we were a little worried that we'd not get a table but although the place was busy there was plenty of place in the pizzeria side of the restaurant where we ate. We were quickly shown to a nice table in the corner, far away from the road works outside. We were soon given menus by attentive serving staff who were proactive in looking to see if guests needed helped. The menu was a simple mix of pizzas, and a couple of pasta dishes and salads. We went for a juice and a beer to drink and a Quattro Formaggi Pizza and a Valerio (ham and mushroom) pizza.
We did not wait long for our food and drinks to arrive and when they did we were not disappointed. The pizza tasted like a real Italian pizza from our trip to Rome (yes, I know this place is Milanese but still...). The base was soft and crisp and thoroughly delicious. The cheese was tasty and each of the four cheeses was distinctive and of course there was no tomato sauce. The ham and mushroom pizza was also good though it was a touch disappointing that canned mushrooms were used considering the time and quality of the ingredients elsewhere. Feeling suitably filled we thought we'd put Princi to the test and order some coffee. I have to say that the double espresso here was possibly the best I've ever had in the UK and yet again memories of Rome came flooding back. This espresso was rich, strong and perfectly done, the coffee was hot but not burnt and I even had to add an extra spoon of sugar.
In all a fantastic lunch, great atmosphere, value for money and possibly the best espresso in London, we will be back!
Princi - 135 Wardour Street, London, W1F 0UT, 020 7478 8888