We used to frequent this place soon after it first opened, and it was full on most nights for good reason - the pizza was amazing. After a year or so, we decided to go back and try it out again. Upon our arrival, we realised that the place had been sold. No longer was there a skilled Italian chef cooking the pizza in the wood-fired oven (the waiters seemed to somehow double up as pizza makers...), nor were there the crowds of people that were normally to be expected on a warm Friday night.
There were maybe three tables occupied in the entire restaurant, which did not bode well for our meal. Nevertheless, we decided to go for it anyway.
The menu hasn't changed much since before it was sold, but the quality has dropped through the floor. While the food wasn't exactly terrible, it was nowhere near as good as in times gone by. This is a great pity because, as John D in his review said, this used to be some of the best pizza around.
I had a calamari pizza which was literally just a margherita pizza cooked in the oven with a bit of calamari and a LOT of chilli thrown on after it came out of the oven. I have never had so much chilli in my life, but I soldiered through. Believe me when I say that you can really taste the difference when the pizza is not cooked by an actual pizza chef but rather by random waiters whose job it is to carry plates and clean tables, not to cook food.
There is a lot of great food to be had in Kew, even on the same side of the road, so I was very disappointed to find that this place has unfortunately taken a turn for the worst and will very probably not last much longer unless it goes back to its old ways.
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