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We had decided on a girlie Sunday – mother and daughter, no guys allowed. A relaxing time, sunshine, nothing complicated. A bike ride in the nearby woods, a movie, lunch somewhere nice. Literally just outside our cinema is a Prezzo, the Italian chain. Modern decoration – more restaurant than pizzeria – the room spacious with lots of natural light and nothing convinces my little one more than the word pizza. She started bouncing around in joy.
We began with a bread board to share: lovely flatbread assortment, garlic and mozzarella, creamy pesto (hint of parmesan?) and tomato, another one with salt flakes and fresh thyme (males all the difference), fresh baguette too. Louise-Anne played with each, trying to balance the flavours with fruity olive oil and balsamic vinegar, commenting like a real expert.
There are kids’ menus of course. Clever ones as they are aimed for both small and bigger tummies. Each version has 3 courses and a drink but the portion size adapts to the child’s age. At £3.50 and £6.50, how about we forget the usual burgers and head here more often? Let alone that this encourages a quieter meal, sitting at a real table. The paper settings have a wide range of games too and we both joined forces on the crosswords.
I settled for a glass of sauvignon blanc to go with the luxurious Prawn and Lobster pizza. Just say it aloud – doesn’t that sound fantastic? It is. And it’s a really nice change not to have a tomato base. This one is a light creamy bechamel which matches the roasted vegetables perfectly (cherry tomatoes, courgettes, peppers, red onions). At each bite, you’ll find a king prawn or really tender lobster, enhanced by peppery rocket. I don’t think I could ever have a Margherita again. My heart is set on this now, you see. What I had not realised though was this is a V.I.Pizza – meaning, impressive, huge! The waitress was clearly used to the reaction and reassured me: she would put whatever was left in a take away box, a detail gladly noted.
My love for tiramisu was eclipsed by one single word: GELUPO. My Soho ice cream fix, with its ever changing menu, always surprising, classics to steal a place in the queue for, amazing twists too. I can still taste their blood orange granita. Or the perfect pistachio. Tiny address, open late on week-end evenings (and always full!) but huge talent. Well, Prezzo now serves a selection of their flavours. You should have seen the smile on my face. Look at the vibrant colour of this amarena cherry scoop, juicy, full of sun, authentic Italian gelato! Try it with the softer banana-stracciatella, generous in dark chocolate flecks. You can have it in a cup, or even better, in a brioche as I had discovered in Turin. I had to fight my daughter for the last spoonfuls (it did not matter that she had just had the same portion as I), her nose all white from the icing sugar sprinkled on the bun (too much laughing, we made a sugary fog). We’re saving the amaretti and hazelnut scoops for our next visit.
Verdict? On her request, we immediately booked for Mother’s day. Although the exact question was – “can we do that every Sunday pleeeeeease?”
Nothing worse for a froggie than a cup of bad coffee – too watery or bitter. We cherish places that serve it just right.
I have found the perfect little haven, just a street away from the Soho buzz. The address is mostly famous for its sublime gelato with fascinating flavours: watermelon, pineut and ricotta, clementine, saffron and vanilla… The Pierre Hermé of ice creams!
Their menu also propose amazing hot drinks such as bicerin (a specialty from Turin, an alchemy of dense chocolate with cream and espresso), caffe allo nocciola (on a spoonful of the most delicious hazelnuy paste), caffe allo zabaglione and my favourite, caffé affogato, enriched with a scoop of hazelnut. be adventurous – you can ask for the ice-cream of your choice – montebianco (chocolate, chestmut and rum) or pistachio are a match made in heaven. Choose one instead of desert, play with the textures and don’t hesitate to have another round!
7 Archer Street
London W1D 7AU