A Covent Garden pizzeria from the Bunga Bunga crew.
The Berlusconi-themed cabaret bar Bunga Bunga – a cavernous Covent Garden spin-off to the Battersea original – is down in the basement. But here, at street level, things are more sedate: Bungatini is a straight-up pizzeria with killer cocktails, a friendly vibe and the best pistachio gelato this side of the Dolomites.
The decor is an enjoyably off-kilter blend of traditional and modern: yes, it’s got a stripy awning, hanging bunches of dried chillis and a soundtrack of Roman swing. But the bar is decked out in lurid pink neon, there are USB ports at every table and flirty extracts from a learn-Italian tape play on a loop in the loos.
The menu, however, has ditched the contemporary edge in favour of rustic familiarity. First: creamy burrata served with smoky, pleasantly slimy aubergines and gooey mushroom-and-truffle arancini. Cocktails were just as good. An elderflower spritz was sparkly and sweet, the negroni flawless.
Pizza piccante came with sliced salami, ’nduja sausage and lumps of cooling ricotta, all drenched in a tomato sauce so gorily red that the plate looked like a scene from ‘The Godfather’. The gnocchi with Abrazzo black truffle was simpler but just as indulgent, swimming in a glistening butter sauce.
After all this, pudding could have been an afterthought. But one taste of the homemade pistachio ice cream and the preceding meal was forgotten: velvety and decadent, it had an intense nutty flavour.
For a crowd-pleasing Italian in town, Bungatini is acceptably priced and rather stylish. And four days later I’m still obsessing over that ice cream.
167 Drury Lane
|Transport:||Tube: Covent Garden|
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £90.|
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I'm so glad this place exists! This has to be the best pizza I've ever had and the cocktails are also unreal. The bottomless brunch is such good value for money and such high quality too. I can't recommend this place highly enough!
A great little find! Had a delicious lunch there with excellent service. They have now started a £5 takeaway pizza deal at lunch which is great - a regular lunch for us.
Really lovely lunch spot in the heart of Covent Garden, I dined on the fixed price lunch for around £12 I think which was fantastic value and the quality of food was 10/10. Was really warmly greeted by two managers I think (Matt and Emilia). Will be back!
Went during lunch time, the atmosphere was great and the staff were very friendly. I had a pizza and I saw the chef prepare it and use the wood-fired oven, and it was amazing! I love all pizza, but this one was delicious! The decor is brilliant, it's very warm and cosy. Been there 4 times in the past 3 weeks already!
Had dinner here just before going to the theatre nearby. I had the most delicious wood-fired pizza with a few cocktails, highly recommend a visit!
The Battersea Bunga Bunga is a favourite for me and my friends so what more could you want than a centrally located version of the same place?! The first thing to note is that it is much smaller than its counterpart. The decor was great - a Venetian vibe that had clearly taken lots of thought. The food did not disappoint, fairly priced and great Italian flavours. I went on a Friday night and perhaps it was too early, but I didn't get a sense of the same energy and craziness that we have all come to know and love from the Battersea branch. Could it just be warming up?