The Honest Italian

13 Station Parade , London, SW12 9AZ

1 reviews

Italian Pizza Balham

SquareMeal Review of The Honest Italian

Claiming the honour of ‘Balham’s first wood-fired pizza oven’ (burning kiln-dried hardwood from sustainable British woodlands), this chatty, family-run Italian is all minimalist wood-toned interiors, with bare tables, hanging lamps and seats at the bar. Rapidly cooked pizzas with thin, crispy bases and a range of familiar toppings are the mainstays of the menu, supplemented by a deli-fest of antipasti, freshly made salads and the odd trattoria standby from the oven, such as lasagne al forno or aubergine parmigiana. Desserts change every day, ice cream is the proper Italian stuff and the drinks list includes a handy mix of affordable wines, beers and fruity soft drinks. The Honest Italian also does takeaways.

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8.0

Food & Drink: 9.0

Service: 8.0

Atmosphere: 7.0

Value: 8.0

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Ryan W. 09 November 2013

I live a couple of doors down from the Honest Italian and was very interested in the set up of the restaurant. Every day I would pass and groups of (I would assume) Italian men working hard sanding down the wooden ables and installing the food fire. We have visited a couple of times since it opened, but probably not as many times as it deserves. The pizza is top quality, delivered with true italian service. Cheaper than Pizza Express and a million times more authentic it certainly deserves a visit. The only down side is that the atmosphere was lacking when we have visited; generally quiet and only a few other parties. Another Italian restaurant resides a few streets down, which is always full to the brim which may account for the limited custom. Thoroughly recommended visit and a good alternative to Bucci or Franco Manca.

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