What makes a good pizza? Well, brothers Matteo and Salvatore Aloe, the guys behind Radio Alice and Berbère, reckon it’s all about the base (like the pizza equivalent of Meghan Trainor, you could say) – which is why they make their pizzas from nutritious type 1 organic flour and wild yeast which is then left to ferment for 24 hours.
Currently if you want to try their pizza you either need to head to Italy or Hoxton, but as of next month, south of the river dwellers can just tootle over to Clapham because they’re opening a second Radio Alice. Hurrah.
The menu is concise, small things come in good packages and all that. You’ll find classic combinations like fiordilatte, tomato and basil as well as more adventurous toppings including fiordilatte with walnuts and honey and Prosciutto di Parma, organic burrata and orange infused oil. To accompany the pizzas will be piccoli or small plates, such as Amalfi coast anchovies and slow food approved Mortadella from Bologna. Finish with affogato with a splash of Bourbon or lemon and mint sorbet. On the drinks list will be organic and natural wines including a house win from Libera Terra, a co-operative set up on land liberated from mafia control.
Setting up shop opposite, the Clapham Picture House, they’re going to keep much of the building’s existing design. To the distressed walls, which are clad with sheet metal and stark white tiles, they’ve added electric hues, whilst salvaged furniture from Bologna will include an eclectic mix of leather banquettes and reclaimed school chairs.
Pizza – it’s a beautiful thing.
Radio Alice: Opens June 2017, 67 Venn Street, Clapham, SW4 0BD, www.radioalicepizzeria.co.uk