Much will be made of the two managers for the Chelsea Arsenal clash (kick-off at 1.30pm– both under fire from their respective supporters and yet both, just about, keeping their respective teams in the hunt for a top four finish and Champions League qualification. Arsenal’s Wenger loses his best players each summer and manages the club on a budget, but it’s the seven-and-a-half trophyless years that are upsetting the fans. Rafael Benitez is unpopular because, well, just ask your nearest Chelsea devotee. Apart from last season’s amazing 5-3 win for Arsenal, the Blues have enjoyed a good spell against their rivals and have already won the reverse earlier this term. Expect a cagey affair with Carzola, Mata and Hazard drawing regular gasps of amazement from the crowd in a game neither team can afford to lose. If there’s a silver lining, Manchester United play Spurs later at 4pm and one or both will be dropping points there too.
Start spreading the news: for a spot that’s at least a six-hour flight from Manhattan, this little joint in the middle of Chiswick has, surprisingly, nailed it. The wood-fired pizzas are epic – thin and crispy, with chewy crusts, and graced with layers of sharp tomato sauce, oozing mozzarella and a tasty mess of toppings. Then there’s the venue. Just like New York, everything about Pizza Street is straight to the point. The dark wood and metallic interior makes dining in not the worst idea in the world, though with just the radio for entertainment, hard seats and plastic cutlery, there’s not much of a vibe (except in the funky, fake-grass-clad loos). This place is great for takeaway, and there’s even a massive sign above the till that tells you how to grab your grub and go. Dinnertime is busy, with a constant stream of locals collecting a single slice for £3.50, a large pizza for a tenner or X-large for £15. I opted for an X-large, as it’s the only way you can get a half and half, which will cost you an extra three quid. The Buffalo is wonderfully spicy and meaty, heaped with pepperoni, smoked ham, sausage, jalepeño, chilli flakes and lots of oregano. The Anchovy – a classic combo with capers, olives and mixed peppers – is equally grand, if a little too salty. That’s nothing that a good cocktail can’t cure, but sadly the only drinks here are your typical fizzies, beers and cheap wine. Forget about the sides too. An avocado salad (£3.50) was pretty bland. But fancy isn’t th
Venue says: “Come and try the best artisan, New York-style pizza in Chiswick! Offering super thick shakes with our new recipes and flavours.”