If you can’t afford to pop over to Italy don’t worry because a little slice of Italy has come here to London.
If it wasn’t for the huge queue of people outside, you might miss L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele. Situated on Stoke Newington Church Street, the pizza restaurant is a hidden gem. It doesn’t look like much from the outside but as soon as you step through the doors you are transported to Naples where the only other restaurant of this name exists. There is a very rustic feel to it, with simple decor and a huge wood burning stove. It imports all of its ingredients from Italy and uses the exact same suppliers as its sister restaurant.
Serving just two pizzas, Margarita (tomato,mozzarella and basil) and Marinara (tomato, garlic and oregano) you might think the choice is limited but you won’t be disappointed. This is a traditional Italian restaurant serving some of the most delicious mozzarella around. Don’t even mention the words pineapple chunks or chicken pieces to the energetic Italian chefs! They make the whole process look effortless; kneading the dough, adding the sauce and toppings and spinning the pizzas in the stove with a flick of the wrist. Thirty seconds later and they are cooked to perfection. The pizzas are oddly shaped and so big they spill over the edge of the plate but because of the extra thin base you don’t get that all too familiar bloated feeling you get from eating a typical pizza in England.
The restaurant has been open since February and the novelty doesn’t seem to be wearing off any time soon. Manageress Serena Sarnataro said, “On a busy weekend we can serve around 600 pizzas a day”. And for a small restaurant that only has a handful of tables over two small floors that is a huge achievement. Marketing Manager Duncan Steel is hoping to have the outside terrace area open in time for the summer giving them extra room for the hungry pizza fans happily waiting in line.
L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele is open Tuesday- Saturday 12pm-11pm and Sunday 12pm-10.30pm.