Since the wonderful London Overground train route opened, it’s a lot easier for us to get over to West London — previously held in my mind as a posh suburb miles away from the ‘real’ part of town. But there are some lovely places to explore over there, like Chiswick, which rather reminds me of Angel transplanted 10 miles west, but with some notable extras that make it worth the trip. Firstly, lots of nice interior shops including the fabulous Old Cinema. Secondly, Franco Manca which has perhaps just taken my crown of best pizza in London.
Handily situated just a few doors down from The Old Cinema, they offer a small but perfectly formed menu of six pizza options plus daily specials and tapas-style meat and cheese sides/starters. Quality of ingredients shines through, from the proudly-labelled ‘single estate’ tomatoes to organic wines and home made lemonade.
Unf, I’m drooling just looking at the photo and remembering the taste. A smoky, charred, chewy sourdough base topped with red onions, spinach and gorgonzola cheese (the veg special of the day). With a generous glug of garlic and chilli oil, this was an absolute treat – and at only around £7 for a very generous portion, I had enough to take home and chomp my way through later! Go – it’s worth it.
Other notable noms in the area that we didn’t get the time to visit include Gelato Mio, a recently-opened Italian ice cream shop, and the amazing-looking American bakery Outsider Tart. There’s also another branch of Franco Manca in Brixton — but I’ll save the South London adventure for another time…
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