First Look At Roman-style Pizza Restaurant Stockwell ContinentalMon 01 2018 | admin
Stockwell Continental is a new Roman-style pizza restaurant from the people behind The Anchor & Hope group, now open in Stockwell. The restaurant opened quietly with a short pizza menu but there are plans to expand the site to include a deli in the near future.
This is a prime spot on South Lambeth Road and it’s surprisingly large once you step inside. There’s loads of natural light from original skylights and the kitchen is open, with a yellow pizza oven in the back corner.
Sit at the marble counter to watch the chefs work or gather around a side table for a different vibe. We have to give them major props for the tiles, too – both the originals on the restaurant floor and those in the loos.
We’ve seen a huge amount of Neapolitan pizza openings in recent years and while the Neopolitan style is lovely, it’s refreshing to see pizza which is more in the Roman style for a change.
If you’re not familiar with the style, it’s a lot crisper than the fluffy, chewy Neopolitan and the dough is made with olive oil; it’s stretched very thin then loaded with toppings which cover right up to the edges, rather than leaving a large crust. Founder Charlie told us, ‘we are basically just after a delicious crispier pizza that can complement the rest of the menu offering.’
At the moment there’s a short menu of six pizzas including classics like margherita through to ‘nduja with rocket and pickled red onion and our favourite, the mortadella with ricotta and pickled chilli (above). They plan to expand the menu a little once they’ve settled in.
They’ve got plenty of nibbles to start too, including cured meats (try the homemade bresaola) and antipasti including polenta, burrata, chickpea fritters and cime di rapa, a type of bitter greens which work really well with strong flavours like garlic and chilli.
In the evening, you might want to check out ‘The Continental’ for two to share – it’s a pizza followed by either a rib of beef or a Middlewhite pig shoulder chop. Oof.
They’re also planning to expand the deli side of the business once up and running, so you’ll be able to drop in for cured meats, pasta, pickles and the like, to take away.
There’s a lovely little classic cocktail menu which has classics like martinis and negronis but there’s also a negroni ‘sbagliato’ (made with sparkling wine), and a bicicletta (another Campari cocktail).
There’s also a solid, well-priced Italian wine selection that leans towards natural wines without letting them dominate.
A plate of cured meat starts at £5 (or £15 for a mix of three), antipasti are £4-6 and pizzas £6-12. A cocktail is £5-8 and wines by the glass start at £5 (a bottle starts at £13).
In a Nutshell:
It’s so refreshing to see a different style of pizza and we can tell you that these guys have really nailed the ‘almost-Roman’ style because, well, we’ve been in to try the pizzas already. We can’t wait to see how they settle in. Lucky Stockwell.