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“Pizza Take Out: Poor food and appalling service” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Red Pepper

Red Pepper
8 Formosa Street, London W9 1EE, England (Paddington / Maida Vale)
+44 20 7266 2708
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Ranked #2,862 of 17,052 Restaurants in London
Price range: $6 - $38
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Paddington / Maida Vale
Description: In 1994, Red Pepper Restaurant set the standard for independent mid-price Italian restaurants in London by opening its doors to the public. It's secret: authentic pizza baked in its wood-burning oven brought over from Italy. Some of our regulars swear it's the best pizza in London and who are we to disagree? But Red Pepper is not just about pizza. We are dedicated to the best regional Italian cooking, from places seldom featured on most "nouveau Italian" menus - dishes from Sardinia, the Campania and the south; home-made, melt in the mouth pasta; sauces based on game and seafood, grills of the best, freshest catches of the day. Red Pepper restaurant is small, cosy, informal and welcoming. Whether you eat inside or alfresco, when you come to Red Pepper you come to a place where you can feel the pulse of London. Many locals, some of them good cooks and cookery writers regard it as their "second kitchen". It has been acclaimed time and again and been awarded for its honest rustic take on regional Italian food and service through the years.
London, United Kingdom
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“Pizza Take Out: Poor food and appalling service”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

Ordered 3 pizzas and a salad by telephone to collect. Turned up at the allotted time but only 2 of the pizzas had been prepared. The manageress told us to wait whilst they cooked the remaining pizza and assured us that the other 2 pizzas would be redone. No offer of a drink by way of apology for the inconvenience though. About 20 minutes later we arrived home (a 2 min walk) and the two original pizzas were cool (so apparently had been left standing and not replaced) and the salad (for which, from memory, they charge in the region of £4.50) was so small it didn't even cover the bottom of the foil container. These disgruntled locals will not be going there again...there are far better places.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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“Great Italian in W9”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

I've been going for 10 years and it's still the best small Italian in London. Very reasonable, always busy and lovely food

Visited December 2012
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“Crispy Pizza”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Anyone that likes their pizzas crispy and full...this is the place. You can also order and pick them up.

Visited December 2012
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“Always great”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

Been coming here since it opened years back. Great food with some of the best Pizza in London but a host of other fresh dishes. The seating space is tight but along as you know that you will not be dissapointed

Visited November 2012
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“Early evening of Italian in this delightful enclave of Maida Vale”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

It must have been nearly 10 years since I last tried booking unsuccessfully for dinner at Red Pepper; and why it was that I have left it for so long I could not then or now recall or justify, but just that it is what it is. And so when my neighbourly pal suggested that we meet after work for an "early", be it for drinks or a bite, I was readily led on the suggestion that it was early enough to try dropping by into Red Pepper, which he hinted was still as exquisite as I might remember.

Indeed whether by serendipity or other, there was a table for two available at least until 8pm and so we settled into a comfortable corner in what is a small dining room with typical Italianate bistro environs. The service is congenial and friendly, and which I felt was not only because my friend was well known to them.

We ordered from the a la carte menu, sharing a starter of roasted mozzarella and basil salad and each had the home made open ravioli of tomato, zucchini, prawns and mushrooms for our mains. The salad was fresh and enlightening whilst the ravioli was a perfect blend of flavours, warming one's heart on this winter's day. We finished with their tiramisu which is typical and sweet but mellow.

I don't think I will leave it for so long or need any prompting before revisiting this hidden gem of Maida Vale again.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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