Delicious and authentic, Paesano’s bustling tables and open kitchen play host to incredibly affordable Neapolitan artisan pizza.
No matter what night of the week you chose to dine at Peasano, it will most likely be buzzing as long large tables, akin to a German Beer Hall, pack in the crowds, with energetic chat echoing around the cavernous space. Nothing fancy here, paper menus showcase little over a half-dozen simple, honest pizzas using authentic imported Italian ingredients along with a small offering of sides. The crust is crisp while the base is light thanks to the use of caputo ‘00’ flour from Naples, proofed for 48 hours then cooked for literally seconds in their 500 centigrade wood-fired oven. Most start with a tomato sugo, using stranese tomatoes and finish with fior di latte cheese, both from Campania, all are drizzled with extra virgin olive oil from Abruzzo. Two specials are chalked on the blackboard each day and may include porchetta with sage or fresh king prawns and anchovies. Leave room to try their retro ice-cream, served with a choice of strawberry or chocolate sauce as a 99 with a flake or in an oyster. Tables are turned very quickly but even so, expect to queue as no bookings are taken.
- High point: Authentic pizza in a bustling atmosphere
- Low point: Communal seating not suited to all tastes
- Notable dish: Any Pizza
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 165
- Largest group: 45
- Open since: 2015
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
- House wine: £16 per bottle