La Brocca

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La Brocca
West Hampstead

Food is served in La Brocca’s ground-floor bar during the day, but at 6pm, the pizza restaurant opens downstairs. The staircase from the street looks a bit unlikely, though there’s a friendly welcome at the bottom. The basement has been extended to fill the garden, with the back half a glass conservatory. It looks more cheerful when dark has fallen and the lights outside add some atmosphere.

Pizza and pasta account for most of the menu, but the specials board always includes a few meat and fish dishes. Pizzas have a thin base and generous toppings; the egg on a capricciosa was perfectly soft. Alterations to accommodate children’s palates were met with a friendly ‘of course’ by the warm, patient waitress.

La Brocca isn’t trying to be inventive. It’s an old-fashioned spot that plays well to its fortes. Spaghetti bolognese looked like it lacked sauce, but proved very tasty. To finish, we lingered over dishes of Jude’s ice-cream and a sunken chocolate cake – a warm molten slice of heaven.

Venue name: La Brocca
Contact:
Address: 273 West End Lane
London
NW6 1QS
Opening hours: Bar Open noon-11pm Mon-Thur; noon-1am Fri; 11am-1am Sat; 11am-midnight Sun. Lunch served noon-5pm Mon-Fri; 11am-5pm Sat, Sun. Main courses £9-£15. Restaurant Dinner served 6-11pm daily
Transport: Tube: West Hampstead tube/rail or bus 139, C11
Price: Main courses £9-£15

Average User Rating

3.7 / 5

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rebeeca

This place is absolutley amazing!!!!,came here becuz I was recomended by a friend & have to say that I am blown away,the food is the best italian food I've ever tasted highley recomend buyin the pasta or pizza ^_^ the wine was juss perfect both taste&price, the waitress are really nice always helpful which is very good and the atmosphere is second to non.this place is way better than the high priced shops around in westhampstead

Leon Norell

I was looking for somewhere to eat in West Hampstead las t week. We went into a number of places, but left because the noise was too great to talk. Then we took a look into La Brocca, upstairs. How refreshing. You could talk to each other and to others at the next tables if you wanted. The place is natural, unpretentious and very cordial, as was the service. The food? We don't eat anything with legs, so we chose pasta dishes... delicious and, I have to say, very generous. So we took what we couldn't eat home for tomorrow's lunch. The house wine was just right and certainly right for the price. We're going back this week. I highly recommend it. Can't say fairer than that (as they say).

Luke

Not sure what you think of it now but this place has gone proper down hill.... terrible food and service, and still pricing as if they are offering quality food. Took my Mum there for her birthday - quite embarrased and angry I did.