Harden's survey result
“There’s a friendly buzz” at this pair of “good-value neighbourhood Italians” in South Kensington and Dulwich Village, which are handy for most occasions: “reliable for an informal business lunch”, but equally “very child-friendly” and “perfect for a family meal with half portions of everything for kids”. On top of that, the “food is actually not bad at all – better pizzas than the chains and decent enough fresh pasta”.
“Buzzy”, “cheap ’n’ cheerful” Italians in South Kensington and Dulwich Village that provide “lively service”, “delicious, freshly made food” and “good pizzas with unusual toppings”. “They love children and are relaxed about noise and mess”, and there are “plenty of staff so you’re not kept waiting”.
These “cosy, busy and good-value” local Italians in South Kensington and Dulwich do the simple things well: “handmade pasta, great pizzas and lovely service”. “Perfect for families – kids are well-treated” (so “it can be a bit of a creche if you go at the wrong time”).
“Good solid traditional Italian fare” helps fuel the “lively” and “extremely friendly” atmosphere at these South Kensington and Dulwich Village locals, whose “big selling point for parents is that they like children who eat properly (so anything from the main menu is approx. half price)”. “Pizza is not only better than PizzaExpress across the road, but cheaper”.
Rocca di Papa SW7
Not far from South Kensington tube, a large new (late-2008) pizzeria that's quickly become very popular.
OK, they seated a table for 20 just before we came into this large pizzeria. But the number of would-be Saturday lunchers we saw turned away suggests that this South Kensington newcomer would have been jam-packed anyway.
So what are the attractions? Well, friendly staff with a can-do attitude make up one part of the package. And the lofty and spacious interior is smartly decked out too, if in the slightly bland sort of way that says this hopes to be a chain one day. The food is rather in keeping with the décor, but the pizzas and pastas were generally reasonably satisfying.
So 'just' a goodish all-rounder, then. But a reasonably priced one too, in an area that is rather lacking in such things at the moment. (There's no PizzaExpress, for example, within easy walking distance.)
An intended co-launch at Westfield - where, we're told, there's quite a lot of competition - has apparently been put on hold.
Last orders: 11.30 pm