Saporitalia, Notting Hill

Saporitalia is set to be a hit with its large, unpretentious and authentic pizzas

Booking a table at the last minute in London is challenging at the best of times. Trying to secure a spot for nine people on a Friday evening at a new and already well-reviewed restaurant on fashionable Portobello Road would seem to be a fool’s errand. You can imagine our surprise, then, that this turned out not to be the case at Saporitalia, whose easy-going staff informed us that seating our group that evening would be no problem at all. Continue reading


Otto, Notting Hill

Otto’s pizzas pack a hearty punch with cornmeal crusts and generous toppings

What exactly is it that makes a pizza a pizza? This was the question we came back to time and time again while eating lunch at Otto, the UK’s first purveyor of cornmeal-crust pizza.  Unlike more traditional pizzas which have bases made using wheat flour, the founders of this small, informal restaurant off Westbourne Grove use mainly cornmeal, a trick they picked up on a road trip through Oregon. The result is an unusual dish that bears little resemblance to its Italian siblings, but is no less enjoyable for it. Continue reading