If your maths teacher was anything like ours then he probably attempted to make finding the area of a circle fractionally more accessible by talking about pizza, the amount of pizza topping required being π r2. But it turns out that one Winchester restaurant has taken the same approach, and while GCSE maths remained deeply dully, Pi Pizzeria made it work so well that it’s now coming to London!
Pi was founded in 2014 by fashion designer Rosie Whaley, it’s her work on the interior of the original Pi that has made it such a hit down in Hampshire. Along with her team of Italian chefs, she intends to work the same magic on London, with Battersea Rise marking ground zero. Look out for her signature exposed brickwork, tables hand carved from fallen oak trees from woodland in Salisbury and a tree growing in the middle of the actual restaurant (it’s the old Scoffer’s Kitchen).
The pizza will include Pi’s artisan dough which has been perfected over time with the secret recipe involving a 72 hour fermentation process. And it sounds like it’ll be the perfect base for their 20 inch pizzas topped with the likes of Hampshire pork sausage, sliced desiree potatoes, garlic, thyme, caper crumb and nocellara olives; wild boar salami, red chilli and piquillo peppers; Lebanese spiced ground lamb with Turkish yoghurt and fresh parsley and Old Winchester cauliflower cheese, chorizo and spinach.
We’re genuinely looking forward to this one arriving, it’s not just a taste of Winchester hitting South London, but a slice of Italy. As for the maths lesson? Easy as pi!
Pi: Opens in February, 4-6a Battersea Rise, Battersea, SW11 1ED, www.pi-pizza.co.uk