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The owners of Santa Maria in Ealing are branching out with a second indie pizzeria dedicated to genuine Neapolitan cooking. The name may be different (it translates as ‘sacred heart’), but the
ethos is the same, and there’s the same dedication to artisan methods and provenance – the dough is made from Caputo flour and allowed to rise for 24 hours, while the pizzas are cooked to crispness
in a wood-fired oven. To finish, there are specially imported Gelato Oddono ices, and the drinks list offer bottles of Peroni as well as ‘red’ or ‘white’ wine by the glass or carafe. No bookings;
I sometimes wonder how my brain is wired. After eating at the recently opened Sacro Cuore Pizza in Kensal Rise all I could think about was a line from the "Apartment" episode of Seinfeld. Have you ever watched it? It's the one where the gang are at a house party to watch the New York Marathon and George proclaims to be Lord of the Idiots for giving up a lifetime of guilt free sex and tickets to sporting events at Madison Square Garden. Suddenly one of the revellers at the party shouts to the marathoners, "you're all winners!" only for George to reassess his Lordly claim with the line, "but suddenly a new contender has emerged". I guess you had to be there. Anyway, it's the "new contender" phrase that I thought of when I ate at Sacro Cuore...
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