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Radio Alice Pizzeria

Restaurants, Pizza Hoxton
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

A stylish Hoxton pizzeria.

The menu at this Hoxton pizzeria bears a disclaimer: you’re not allowed to ask for alterations. Because – it says – these will spoil the balance of flavours. It’s a rather puritanical ethos, where particular importance is placed on the regional provenance of ingredients and using ‘ancient grain’ stoneground flour for the bases.

The trouble is, all this earnestness doesn’t half crank up expectations. Which is not to say that the pizzas we picked weren’t good: the anchovies on our cheeseless rosse were delicious, and the gorgonzola on the white bianche worked in fabulous tandem with the honey. But, in a city fast filling with truly excellent pizza places, good is just that: no more, no less. And when there were misfires, like a starter of mortadella dusted far too sparsely in ground pistachios, it started to feel like all talk and no action.

That said, Radio Alice is stylishly decorated, cosily lit, and a lovely space to spend a couple of hours. It makes mean bitter spritzes too: Mediterranean sunshine in liquid form. The name, incidentally, comes from a 1970s Bologna pirate radio station whose remit was the radical and avant-garde. If only this place stopped trying so hard to follow suit. Come on, it’s pizza!

By: Matt Breen

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Details

Address: 16 Hoxton Square
London
N1 6NT
Transport: Tube: Old St
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £60.
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Users say (8)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 3 star:1
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Tastemaker

Good prices, imaginative cocktails, nicely chewy crusts, substantial portion sizes, and a couple of vegan options. 


Radio Alice is real Italian pizza - not the crunchy/thin Pizza Express type. The toppings were fabulous, both the more traditional ones and some we had never tried before. The service was efficient and friendly and very reasonable prices for both the pizza and the wine. The place also has a great vib. I would highly recommend it.

Tastemaker

The pizza here looks great on Instagram but definitely doesn't taste the part. With quite weird and minimalist flavors (cheese and ham but no tomato sauce, or just tomato sauce and cheese but then you have to pay extra for the ham) the best part of the whole experience was the cocktails. 


Maybe if I had gone in summer when the sun shining through my Aperol Spritz would have distracted me from the doughy wet flavor of the pizza then I would have given this place a higher rating. 


Considering that there have been new pizza places popping up all over London lately, I'd still rather go to Homeslice or one of the pizzerias on Hoxton Street instead of here. 

Tastemaker

Came here expecting great things and well, no. We tried every single pizza on the menu, and the stand out one was the classic fiordilatte, and surprisingly, the vegan one (pizza viola). The whole concept is based on the premise that fresh ingredients taste better than baked ones, but given that fresh pizzas only go in the oven for about 5 minutes or so (enough time to give a good flavour to ingredients rather than mute them) -  I'd argue that they're barking up the wrong tree. Flavours here are just generally "meh", and nothing particularly outstanding. 


Throw in the fact that the pizzas are on average £9 to £13, are no bigger than a mediumish dining plate and are about 40% crust (no joke) - Radio Alice isn't a particularly good proposition. I left wanting pizza, but not from here!


I do like the actual place though, it's a nice place to relax and enjoy food with friends and some great wine, but overall, the hype train is too high with this place!

tastemaker

I went to this fairly new pizzeria, a short walk away from the old street station, for a birthday dinner. As soon as you walk in you can feel it has a great vibe, old style pizza ovens and a small bar. We were a table of 12 and were seated upstairs, where it was cosy and perfect for a birthday dinner. 


The service was amazing and I liked the small decor details like the painted walls and the coat hooks behind most tables. The music was good, a little loud at times but not unbearable.  


Now for the best part... Pizza, a friend next to me said "This is the best pizza I've had in London" and I could not argue, rustic pizza with a  sweet dough and great toppings. I find the prices reasonable and definitely worth it. 


I would recommend for a birthday dinner or even a date night. 

tastemaker

A new pizzeria has arrived in the heart of Hoxton Square, named after a pirate radio station in Bologna where the two brothers, Salvatore and Matteo, are from.


The brothers already have five successful restaurants in Italy and now they have decided to open in the popular streets of East London. The restaurant is spread out over two floors with the chefs preparing the pizzas in the middle downstairs. There is also an adorable area outside, currently decorated with fairy lights but, no doubt, will be a hit in the summer.


Radio Alice Pizzeria have a slightly different way of cooking pizza – they use stone ground flour to keep the bases crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, cook the base first and then cut into eight slices and add the toppings, all evenly spread out. They cook this way to ensure that the flavours of the toppings are not lost during the baking process.


They keep the menu simple with a selection of piccoli including burrata, speck and apricots, speck and apricot and mortadella & pistachios. 


There are nine pizzas to choose from and they are keen to mix it up a little each month with changing one or two pizzas on the menu. Radio Alice offers two bases – one with organic tomatos and one with a fiordilatte (mozerella type) base. I opted for the pork sausage, pecorino romano, tomato with a side of n’duja sausage. The slices were symmetrical as promised and it was lighter than other pizzas, with less cheese, so felt much healthier. Also the n’duja was spicy and so flavoursome!


The restaurant dealt well with my friend who was lactose intolerant and ensured that her dietary requirement was catered for. She opted for the anchovies, red onion, lemon zest, tomato, oregano and said it was great.


The pizzas were priced between £7 and £13, so pretty reasonable with extras between £2-3.50.


tastemaker

Saturday night, 10:30pm, walking around with 2 friends visiting (so got to impress big time to justify why I still live in London despite an extortionate rent), we suddenly decide to go for dinner in Shoreditch. Walking down every single street for something we fancy at that advanced time, we enter this unknown pizzeria. It was probably my best idea of the weekend. Delicious pizzas, lovely staff and a really cool place! Since we are still in Shoreditch after all, the place has to be innovative (call it hipster). The dough is cooked first, sliced and THEN the toppings are added. What does it mean exactly? Still unsure but that led me to eat a pizza with way more prosciutto on it than I expected so it's a good thing. Definitely worth checking before it gets too popular!

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