We chose Green's Pizzeria over it's neighbour (Pizza Express), for it's authenticity and rustic character. And having been shown to a table at the very back of the packed restaurant, it was clear from the outset that this busy little place must be doing something right.
Within a few seconds it dawned on us that we were the only couple who hadn't brought their children that night and within a few more minutes, it was clear that unless we'd mastered the art of lip-reading, the overture of screaming children and busy kitchen, would be the soundtrack to our meal. Having been taken aback that orange juice wasn't available in a restaurant so popular with young families, I grimaced at a tin of Sprite that was cheerily plonked in front of me. I knew it would be an informal sort of place, but was starting to imagine our meal would soon arrive in pizza-boxes.
Our only joy at this point was sneaking a glimpse at the horrified faces of a dating-couple beside us (having avoided choosing their table upon our arrival), we watched as they contorted themselves into position whilst avoiding the flotsam and jetsam of the 4year olds' convention that was holding court throughout the restaurant.
The pizza arrived and to our relief, it was delicious. The base was the right thickness, it was cooked evenly and was bursting with ripe, seasonal flavour. However, about halfway through, our enthusiasm seemed to have been burst as quickly as our eardrums, so we asked for the remainder to be boxed.
A trip to the toilets involved a trek past the kitchen and up a steep staircase. All the while I was wondering how it could still appeal to the young families that clearly love the place; they definitely have the fan-base to expand their square-footage.
Having paid and left (we were unable to tip via card), we mooched past Pizza Express and remarked at the tranquility of the Giant in comparison to Green's. Whilst P.E. looked contemporary, slick and spacious, Green's appeared as an experiment of, "Blender meets Children and Pizza".
Perhaps it's a reflection on us rather than Green's; their food tasted great and the staff were charming, but the next time either of us get the urge to crack open a tinny amongst the entire cast of, "Goodbye, Mr Chips", we know where we'll get the loudest reception.
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