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Pizza by the metre at Made in Italy

Sometimes all you want is half a metre of mozzarella-loaded woodfired Neapolitan pizza.

But good Italian pizzas are hard to come by in London. Our all-time favourite place used to be Spacca Napoli in Dean Street and I was heartbroken when it had to close earlier this year due to the Crossrail project.

But I promptly stopped crying over spilled pizza when the husband recently took me to Made in Italy in Old Compton Street. He already knew the restaurant as he’d been taken there for lunch by an Italian colleague (I see that as a HUGE stamp of approval).

This restaurant is part of the Made in Italy group that specialise in authentic “pizzametro” (although this one weirdly enough isn’t mentioned on their website).

We had parmigiana (oven-baked layers of aubergine w. mozzarella, tomato sauce and fresh basil) for starter and after that we both had pizza. Each pizza is 25 cm, so if you want to try two different toppings, you simply order 50 cm. They also have quite a lot of pasta and meat dishes. Take a look at their menu.

I really liked the food (the pizzas are almost as good as Spacca Napoli) and the atmosphere which is laid-back, buzzing and cosy. Prices are low (£6.50 for the parmigiana, £4.50-10.50 per 25 cm pizza) and the staff is lovely and even provided me with a “doggy-box” to take the remaining pizza home in.

Made in Italy, 14A Old Compton Street, full details and map.

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Epping Forest & Ramen Seto

Forleden havde jeg fået den fikse ide at vi skulle gå en idyllisk tur i den kæmpemæssige  Epping Forest, der ligger øst

Foto: Mette Bassett

for London. Det var også både fint og idyllisk med ræve, hoppende harer og masser af egern…men også ekstremt mudret, hvilket mine læderstøvler vil bære præg af resten af deres liv.

Vi endte med at gå i ring og solen var ved at forsvinde, så vi besluttede os for at vende næsen hjemad inden skovidyl blev forvandlet til Blair Witch horror (den kedelige udgave, hvor man fryser langsomt ihjel).  Så vi nåede kun at se en brøkdel af skoven, som ellers er hjemsted for både hjorte og andre sjove dyr. Jeg tror vi tager tilbage til sommer i stedet. Du kan læse meget mere om skoven og printe kort her.

Foto: Mette Bassett

Bedst af det hele var, at efter alt den friske luft havde vi fortjent god mad af den dampende varme slags, så kursen gik mod et af vores favoritspisesteder i Soho, Ramen Seto. Ramen Seto ligger i Kingly Street (lige bag ved Liberty’s) og serverer japansk mad i form af små sprøde gyoza (halvmåne-formede forårsruller), sushi og sashimi.

De har også, som navnet antyder, specialiseret sig i Ramen-baserede retter. Ramen (udtales lamen) er nudler, som enten puttes i den varme suppe eller spises som tilbehør til grøntsags- og kødretter. Jeg fik Gomoku Ramen (se billedet – en smagspakket suppe med kylling og grøntsager.  Enkelt og nærende vintermåltid til omkring 7 pund…yum yum.