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“Thin crust a Go Go”
Review of The Honest Italian

The Honest Italian
Ranked #1,424 of 23,995 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Pizza
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed April 8, 2013

We decided to try this restaurant as it was within walking distance, had a wood fired pizza oven and (according to their board outside) had the 'Best pizza in Balham'.

I ordered an 'Honest Italian' (dolcelatte, prawns and garlic) and my O/H had a goats cheese,tomato,rocket and onion combo. The pizzas were not cheap but they were delicious !!
The crust was thin, the edges were crispy and the filling was plentiful.

The coffee was good and so was the freshly squeezed orange juice, we finished the meal with puddings, apple crumble and ice cream and a banoffee pot (ice cream).... The only down side was that they had run out of sticky toffee pudding.

The service was very good, it was early on a Sunday evening and there was only one other couple in the restaurant, so I would like to see what it was like when more crowded.

I loved the thin crust pizza, it was a breath of fresh air from the heavy, stodgy pizzas that seem to be the norm in many places, I am definitely going again !

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Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

The crisp-based pizzas here are wonderful. The butternut squash one is particularly excellent - butternut puree instead of tomato sauce, spicy fresh chilli, sweet roasted onion... really original and interesting. It was a lovely atmosphere for a meal for two and other diners were groups of friends. Service was alright, a bit disinterested but it was a quiet weeknight. I suppose if I lived nearby I'd always choose to takeaway not eat in.

It's a shame the desserts are bought in (given the quality of the pizza I'm sure they could use their skills to make proper Italian desserts) and sadly that they don't have more wines by the glass. I wish this place a successful future!

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Thank SallyThree
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

Tried this place for the 1st place last night. Very friendly service and the pizza was great. Thin and crispy just like it should be. We will definitely be visiting regularly. My only negative was that they had the radio on rather than music which made it feel a bit like you were in a cafe with random music on and some more appropriate background music would have been good. Other than that excellent. We really couldn't fault the food.

Thank nickyg0606
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

Delighted this new authentic pizza restaurant has opened up in Balham, just about 2 minutes walk from the station. Its a small and cosy place, dim lighting, great for a casual or romantic night out. There's a big pizza oven at the back, and you can smell the wood-fired pizzas the moment you step in.

I didn't dine in - but had takeaway pizzas. They're really quick - ready within 10 minutes on ordering.

The crust is nice and thin, as it should be on a pizza. Toppings were not overly generous, but enough. You can never have enough toppings though!

Especially recommend the butternut squash pizza - such a unique taste, but very nice. Only downside was that my pizza was just so oily.... even the cardboard box was soaked in oil after eating! You normally get this with Pizza Hut and Dominos. So if you do order this pizza, tell them to hold on the oil.

The other pizza we had was the Honest Italian, their signature pizza. Tasted OK, but slightly disappointing. For £12.50, the prawns were so tiny and I think this really should be priced around £10.

Still, the pizzas were good and authentic, and would definitely get takeaway from them again or eat in!

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Thank dahokolomok
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

The traditional way of cooking Pizza was always in a wood fired Pizza Oven.... but these are really unusual .... but the Honest Italian has one... and what a difference it makes to a true Italian Pizza... in crispness and in taste.
The above, together with a brilliant atmosphere and really friendly staff makes this restaurant a real winner

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