Pizza. It’s one of our favourite indulgences but if you’re after an authentic Neapolitan experience, try Numero 28 for the real Italian job.
This Italian has a huge one – oven that is, and it’s quite striking with a shiny brass dome and pipework that winds its way around the restaurant. A pizza counter, complete with an array of toppings and sauces, surrounds the wood-fired oven so you can watch your pizza being made whilst you wait. The view is even better from the mezzanine so grab a table by the glass balustrade if you can for a bird’s eye view of the action.
As you may have guessed, the pizza menu is pretty extensive and features all the usual favourites but you can also have pizza “bianche”, that’s without the tomato sauce, and then there’s the “Eccellenze” selection of pizzas – posh pizzas if you will, that feature more indulgent ingredients for those that really want to splash out. There are three sizes to choose from whatever your choice: 14” (already pretty large for one), 18” (rectangular for two) and 29” (rectangular for larger groups).
The namesake Numero 28 (£17) pizza is topped with buffalo mozzarella, speck, champignon mushrooms and a drizzling of truffle cream. The base is perfectly crispy with a lovely golden char around the edges and is almost completely covered with a very generous helping of ingredients which makes for a seriously satisfying sit-down. However, the Deliziosa (£18) with fior di latte mozzarella, Pecorino Romano, prosciutto and broccoli is the stark opposite – bare sums it up. You see more base and cheese than you do toppings. The prosciutto remains isolated to four distinct quarters and there’s hardly any broccoli so any argument about the greens being one of your five-a-day will be futile.
But if a giant pizza isn’t enough for your appetite, or if you just fancy something other than pizza, there are pasta and meat choices to keep you happy, from grilled chicken with green salad (£12) to rib steak with grilled potatoes (£16).
And do round off with dessert – the tiramisu (£8) has just enough of a coffee kick to rouse you from your carb-fest whilst the caramel panna cotta (£8) is a sweet way to end the whole Italian indulgence.
Numero 28, 184 Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill, London W11 2ES. numero28.com