Tiptop Neapolitan-style sourdough pizzas in Camberwell.
Sourdough pizza giant Franco Manca now has 18 restaurants across London, but one bit of the city not yet coloured in on the chain’s floury Risk board is the south-east. Perhaps looking to beat them to the punch, Theo’s is a similar set-up, dishing up Neapolitan-style sourdough pizzas and very little else. Another south-easter, 400 Rabbits, has already hopped into Crystal Palace, but Theo’s has made itself the crown pie-prince of Camberwell.
Unmissable as you walk through the door is the dome-shaped, wood-fired brick oven which ensures that the pies are done just right. Crusts are soft and chewy on top and crisp underneath, with welcome hits of bitterness from the odd charred spot. Toppings include aubergine, anchovies and various kinds of pork – and come piled high.
A little too high in some cases. A veg-heavy special of chestnut mushroom, blue cheese and leek soon turned soggy in the middle as the over-abundant greenery perspired into the base.
It’s better to focus on the more straightforward stuff. The wonderfully cheesy garlic pizza bread (misleadingly labelled as ‘focaccia’ on the menu) showed that Theo’s is capable of doing great things with simple ingredients, and suggests that the £5 lunchtime panuozzo (essentially a pizza sandwich) is also worth checking out.
Pies range in price from £6.50 for the margherita to £10 for meatier options. More-than-serviceable house wines come by the 500ml or litre jug. Or partner your pie with entry-level craft offerings from Kernel and Orbit. And check out the short, Italian-leaning cocktail list.
If you do, be sure to sit in and make it a leisurely lunch. With its bare, whitewashed walls and marble-topped tables, eating at Theo’s is a bit like chowing down in an art gallery but minus the stuffy discomfort. The atmosphere is very welcoming, and everything’s keenly priced – not Manca-level cheap, but still, no dish comes in over a tenner. And staff are as cheery as you like. So watch your back, Franco – Theo’s has taken SE5, and in some style.
|Venue name:||Theo's Pizzeria|
2 Grove Lane
|Transport:||Denmark Hill rail.|
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Terrible people. You'd think they know about small businesses. Theo's?? Theobalds?? Theodore's?? Awful money grabbers.
Amazing pizza, atmosphere and service. The cocktails are delicious too! I especially love the smiley member of staff Laura who always refers to me as "babe"- so friendly! Also, if you fancy a beer in the storm bird Theo's let you take the pizza over... always thinking about the customer!
Wonderful to have such great pizzas in Camberwell. Great simple menu, wines and puds. Love this place.
Amazing Food and Design that really fits the area. Not pretentious. Feels like a local restaurant despite being new and having amazing food. Great effort on their part.
The best Neopolitan pizza in London. Great chilli tomato sauce too! Lovely garden and relaxed atmosphere. Once you go here, you will never again set foot in one of the many tired, boring Pizza chains in London. Time to reclaim authentic great food.
Incredible pizzas, good drinks and delicious puddings. I'm out of the country for a year and this will be the first place I go on my return.
Best pizza for miles around, shame about all the queues! And because they get so busy they stop their Deliveroo service early :(
Pizza more pricey and almost burnt on the bottom. Common feature to many Neapolitan-style sourdough pizza restaurants - same problem at Franco Manca and other pizza places. That happens not because they're too slow or not fast enough to take the pizza out of the oven. That happens because you need to clean the surface of the oven with a dump cloth from time to time. Leftover flour on the pizza's bottom burns easily burning the pizza itself. That makes your pizza burnt - not very healthy - and most of all - unfortunately for the taste - very, very bitter. Mine was half burnt. Partner's one almost inedible. Shame!
Simple and flavoursome, those pizzas are perfect on a cold and rainy winter night. Or any other night, really.
Simple menu, simple dishes, but with quality ingredients and friendly service. All adds up to a brilliant, down to earth and cheap meal.
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