La Porchetta is our office’s default pizza place in Soho. If we ever feel like consuming 1,000 calories or so over lunch, we have this place on speed dial so that our order will be ready for collection when we get there.
We dined in recently due to our office’s very generous policy of buying us all lunch every Thursday. It may not be the fanciest restaurant in town (the interior is slightly depressing) but bloody hell is the food good.
La Porchetta isn’t the catchiest name so we’ve dubbed it Salty Pizza. When we first started going there the pizza bases were really salty (in a good way) and the name stuck. I couldn’t really taste it to be honest, and they’re not particularly salty any more. Anyway, this story isn’t going anywhere, so let’s look at some pictures.
This time I went for the calzone, a staple choice of mine and not one for the faint of heart. As you can see it’s massive, and they don’t skimp on the filling – it always comes overflowing with ridiculous amounts of ham and almost too much mozzarella (although you clearly can never have too much of that). You will need to lie down for half-an-hour afterwards.
My esteemed colleagues went for a variety of different pizzas (including more calzones, of course) but one of my favourites has to be the florentine, which I took a covert snap of. Spinach and egg… on a pizza. Sounds a bit weird but it’s a classic.
You can see in the photo just how perfectly thin and charred the base is. In fact, it’s everything that a stone-baked pizza should be; a fantastic base, quality toppings (and lots of them), and the whole thing cooked quickly and to perfection. Reason enough to keep coming back.
I’ve been to a few pizza places in Soho and they’ve always disappointed somewhat. For example, Soho Pizzeria by my office makes pizza that is nearly as good (which is to say that it’s delicious), a lot smaller, and quite a bit more expensive. I’ve tried places further afield (such as that fancy Firezza place) and while it was tasty enough, it just wasn’t quite as good, plus it was about twice the price.
If there’s a better place for pizza, particularly in Soho, then somebody needs to tell me. Please!