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Herbs are wonderful things, but who can name just one favourite herb? Doing so seems unfairly harsh and incredibly narrow-minded. For instance, who can choose between cured salmon with dill and a perfectly pink piece of roast lamb studded with rosemary? And where would we be without the merits of parsley, coriander and mind? No tabbouleh, no summer rolls and no mojitos, which all in all equates to no fun at all. Shockingly, though, the brave people behind Islington’s Pizzeria Oregano (tucked away in a little alleyway just before the Screen On The Green cinema on Upper Street) have gone all out and picked one out of the bunch and even named their restaurant after it.Oregano is a bit of an unsung hero in the herb scene, losing out to some of its better known counterparts for some reason. Maybe it’s because nobody really knows how to pronounce it – is it or-egg-arno or oh-rega-no? (and what of basil – ba-zul or bay-zil?)Luckily this unjust herbal prejudice doesn’t reach this traditional-style pizzeria, where they clearly use it in abundance given the aroma that moves through the room every time a pizza is removed from the traditional flame-fired oven...
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