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Having built a loyal following for its three-wheeler food van (usually found in Berwick Street Market), PP opened on this busy corner in summer 2013. You can see the kitchen and pizza oven (also servicing the takeaway trade) through the ground-floor windows. The main basement dining area feels intimate, the seating and tables compact. Wipe-clean green checked tablecloths and 1960s Italian film posters help create the feel of a retro Soho trattoria. The friendly, slightly trendy mood is helped by an alcove for table football.
The menu, printed on Polpo-style manila paper, lists ten pizzas. Chewy and soft in the Neapolitan style, the appealing, thick bases are layered with on-trend toppings. ’Nduja, a spicy Calabrian sausage, is paired well with a simple marinara sauce. Salsiccia e friarielli (fennel sausage and a type of brassica leaf), and calzone with prosciutto cotto, ricotta, mushrooms and fior di latte are other enticing combos.
Desserts include ice-creams and sorbets from Gelupo, either in unadulterated form or embellished – for example, vanilla with extra virgin olive oil and sea salt. Wine is served by the carafe, adding to the 1960s feel; alternative tipples include prosecco and trendy Venetian cocktails such as negroni or spritz. Note: bookings aren’t taken.