Figli del Vesuvio

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Venue says Pop in and ask Fabio to make you a traditional Neapolitan pizza!

Wimbledon dog track; light industrial units; a building supplies warehouse. The attractions of Summerstown – a no-man’s land between Tooting and Earlsfield – won’t place it on many cultural excursions to London. But at Figli del Vesuvio ('sons of Vesuvius'), some enterprising Neapolitan lads are recreating a slice of their home city. Of course there's no vista of Mount Vesuvius or the Bay of Naples; instead, a few tables are optimistically placed outside, facing the mini-roundabout. Yet despite the unpromising location the place was filled with lively Italian hubbub, and we were the only non-Italian customers.   

A wood-fired oven belts out a Mediterranean heat, warming the small indoor dining area. Sit by the oven and you can admire the craft of the pizzaiolo as he spins the dough with his muscular and heavily tattooed arms. The traditional Italian toppings are assembled to order, and might include friarelli (‘turnip top’ winter greens), juicy sausage, or tender artichoke hearts. After just a few minutes the pizza is taken from the oven to reveal a perfect crust that’s just slightly blackened, while the base stays elastic. Served piping hot seconds later, you won’t find better in south-west London.

Saltimbocca’s also on the menu, if you’d prefer thinly-sliced rolls of veal; or there are pasta options. But everyone on our visit was ordering pizza. Arriving hungry? Order the a’frittura, a mixed plate of deep-fried pizza dough balls with fillings such as mozzarella or flavoured rice. There’s a predictable selection of dreary lagers in the fridge, and a short selection of equally disappointing wines. But the By The Horns brewery tap is a couple of minutes away, and you can bring in your own booze for a modest corkage charge (£1 per head). Come here for the terrific pizza, for the charming repartee, and to soak in an atmosphere that’s as Italian as Sophia Loren serving a bowl of spaghetti.

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Figli del Vesuvio says
We grew up in Naples, where pizza originated. We keep doing everything in the same way, just like they do in Napoli, and we now believe that we are among the best and most authentic Neapolitan pizzerias and restaurants in London. Let us explain why:

We are using high quality, authentic Italian ingredients with D.O.P. certificates. Most of them are from Campania, the region in which Naples is located.

We bake our pizzas in our traditional Neapolitan-style wood-fired oven made of lava stone from Mount Vesuvius. Yes, from the volcano by the Bay of Naples.

We pay attention to detail, creating the typical Neapolitan mood with specific interior design, plus we play authentic Italian music. Dolce vita!
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By: Guy Dimond

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Venue name: Figli del Vesuvio
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Address: 658 Garratt Lane
London
SW17 0NP
Opening hours: Mon-Thur noon-10.30pm; Fri, Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-10pm
Transport: Tooting Broadway tube, then 44, 77 bus
Price: Meal for two with wine and service: around £40.
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Samantha H
Tastemaker

Finally made it down to Figli del Vesuvio on Thursday night and was not disappointed.  The place is tiny, if you definitely want to eat there make sure you call ahead and book!  We arrived hungry, the pizza were served quickly and were made fresh in front of us.  Everyone loved their choice and there are definitely many other on the menu that I will come back and try again!  They also do take away/delivery which is great! Highly recommended!  Divine! 

Alicia B

Definitely the best pizza I've ever eaten! The dough was incredible! Speedy service and friendly staff. We spent most of the meal looking through the menu to see what to have next it was so good!! I can't wait for our next visit.

James H

First visit last night and it lived up to the hype. Superb pizzas. Big and authentic, beautifully crisp on the outside and doughy on the inside. The staff were as warm as our seats next to the oven. A great Italian local restaurant vibe. 

Sadly they no longer allow you to take your By the Horns beers in but they do allow BYO on wine. I opted instead for the house red and it was perfectly acceptable.

Well worth a visit.

Ladyvp
Tastemaker

As much as I agree with the review made by Time Out they left out one MAJOR thing. They sell nutella filled doughnuts. And this place delivers- RIP my waistline... 


But yes this place sells amazing pizza, you will be hard pressed to find a better pizza in London.