Bill Door wrote:
Best pizza for me outside of Italy are either the one in Muswell Hill, La Porchetta, which is ridiculously busy all the time, or Marine Ices in Chalk Farm.
There's several La Porchettas around, and they're not as cheap as they used to be around 10/15 years ago.
I went to the pizza hut in cambridge the other week and I don't think it had been redecorated since Harry and I went there as students in the mid 90's. It's okay for what it is, which is essentially fast food, much in the way KFC and McDonalds are. I can get a gourmet burger at a local restaurant if I want to, and I can get a nice pizza at our local italian restaurant but that doesn't mean there isn't a place for crappy fast food outlets.
And all this "proper pizza made by italians" snobbery- is it not possible for an italian to make shit food all of a sudden???
Apparently this one's solo, the others share the same name - there's one in Chalk Farm which is pretty good but when you're a stones throw from Marine Ices then why bother?
As for it not being cheap as 10/15 years ago, I'm hard pressed to think of any resteraunt that was.
About Italians, their food outside of Italy generally tends to be shit. I was with an Italian girl for six years and we never once found an Italian resteraunt outside of the odd pizzeria to satisfy our cravings that was anywhere near as good as one in Italy. Because, in her words, Italians outside of Italy are penny pinching bastards.
You can eat like a king on the cheap in some really great places in Italy, often the most unassuming Pizzeria would provide palatable, huge pizzas for very little, er, dough. And if you ever go to a pub there, forget eating a burger and chips - it'll be shit. Massive dishes of pasta is where its at.