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7 Ladbroke Road
They take pizzas seriously at this lively venue, which attracts a motley crew of celebrity neighbours, regulars & tourists. The slow-rising sourdough takes 42 hours to prepare before being
baked in a custom-built oven to give an airy texture & crisp crust, while toppings tick all the usual Parma ham/mozzarella boxes. If you’re famished – or looking to share – then order by the
metre. There’s also a daily selection of fresh seafood such as sea bass, bream & squid, which are simply grilled & doused in olive oil & fresh mint for a taste of southern Italy. The
rustic-style dining room can get rammed at weekends, so book ahead or be prepared to give your table back after 90 minutes. A large, heated terrace ensures a regular turnover on fine days.
7 Ladbroke Road
020 7221 1373
Notting Hill Gate Tube Station 157m
Holland Park Tube Station 682m
Gate Theatre 99m
The Coronet Cinema Notting Hill Gate 138m
Mon-Sun 12N-3pm (Sat-Sun -4pm) 6-11pm (Sun -10.30pm)
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Food + drink: 4
With a name like Portobello London – and yes, this new ristorante does straddle the corner of Portobello Road, one expects a great glut of Portobello tourist tat and enough Union Jacks to keep a BNP member happy for life. Not at all. True, there’s nothing particularly uber-cool about this W11 Italian, but there’s nothing offensive about the decor either. In fact, it positively brims with warmth, with honey-hued stonework and pale wood furniture – and there’s a glorious smell of herby dough being baked that makes you long to try to food.
The menu descriptions are down-to-earth, yet the cooking is some of the nicest Italian we’ve eaten this side of the Sistine Chapel. We had the Saltimbocca Pizza, followed by Mozzarella alla Milanese and some fried artichokes. The Saltimbocca was a drool-inducing combination of perfect pizza (as opposed to Perfect Pizza) rolled and filled not-so-coyly with mozzarella, finely cut pancetta, rocket and ricotta. Heaven, with just enough chew and delightfully ham-n-cheesey, yet aromatic at the same time. The Mozzarella alla Milanese and fried artichokes arrived soon after. The artichokes were light and piquant, while the deep-fried Mozzarella slice came with a tomato diavola sauce and basil pesto, the home-madeness of the dish taking it out of the ordinary and turning it into one of those meals you find yourself fantasising about.
We asked the waiter to recommend a wine, and we weren’t disappointed by the bottle of Barbera d’Asti that he selected – bold and already beautifully mature on its first opening. We loved our evening at Portobello London, not just for the fabulous food, but for its sheer geniality.
Food + drink: 5
I normally don't review restaurants, but I must say I've had the freshest , tastiest wild Seabass ever @ this place last week. All-Italian super-friendly service & an excellent value for money! will definitely go back to “Portobello”…
this is my new favorite : fresh, yummy seafood & crispy pizzas, excellent value for money & always a great deal of specials to choose from.
the only drawback is it's rather small , so had to book several days in advance to get a table on a week-end.
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