La pizza ed il vino – l’accoppiare perfetto

16 Mar


It’s Saturday afternoon, the end of the Six Nations rugby tournament (bane of my life) and I’m thinking ahead to what to eat for dinner. Well, I lie, I’ve probably been thinking about it since 6pm last night since I’m a.) a boringly anal planner b.) always hungry and c.) just generally love a food-based pointless pondering.

Which has got me thinking – whenever I’m struggling, I always revert back to the tried-and-tested Italian favourite of pizza. Hence the Italian-themed title to this post which I did on, so mi dispiace (or ‘I’m sorry’ – god I really need to get off this website) to anyone who can actually understand Italian.

It’s probably not surprising therefore that I’ve recently visited two very good pizza places.

The first was Franco Manca on Northcote Road in Clapham, which I visited on a Friday night with a friend. There are only six pizza options to choose from but after visiting, you’ll wonder why you ever needed any more.

Pizza bases at Franca Manca are made in a wood-burning brick oven using slow-rising sourdough, producing a soft and pillowy base upon which the delicious toppings go, including Gloucester Old Spot ham, chorizo and wild mushrooms. The most expensive option was around seven quid which is such good value, particularly for London. I was so impressed I’m now returning with the family next weekend to the branch in Chiswick, so hopefully they’ll enjoy it as much as me (with two younger brothers, I’m hoping I can’t go wrong).

The second was Princi in Soho which I visited with another friend one mid-week evening just before Valentine’s Day when it was absolutely CHUCKING it down. We were met with a very warm welcome from our Italian waiter and tucked into yet another two very enjoyable pizzas with artichoke, olives and Italian ham:

Princi pizza


To accompany our pizzas, we both got a glass of Italian white wine – my friend opted for the Verdicchio (which I tried – fresh and citrusy with almond notes) while I went for a crisp, light variety which I confess I can’t remember the name of, but I do remember it going down very well!

Following our mains, the sweet tooth needed feeding so we ordered a tiramisu and lemon tart. The first tiramisu that arrived turned out to be a house special which was more ‘nutella cream’ than ‘coffee boozy delight’ so we asked for the more traditional variety instead – M-mmmmm. The lemon tart was also a-mazing: light pastry, fresh lemon curd filling and raspberry coulis:

Princi dessert



So, back to my original question, what to eat and drink tonight? As much as I’m tempted by another pizza, I think it could be the turn of Thai and, if the rugby score is anything to go by, I think the boyf may need cheering up with a Chang beer….in the meantime I’m enjoying a glass of Asda’s Extra Special New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, currently an absolute bargain at £6.98, cin, cin (Cheers)!


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