Seeking uncomplicated but delicious pizza in deepest Clapham? Si? Then head to Pi Pizza
Review by Andy Barnham
For this long standing Clapham resident, I mourned the demise of Scoffers, just off Battersea Rise on Eccles Road, though not too much mind; I loved the tree in the middle of the restaurant, but all my experiences were decidedly average. So it was with great delight to visit what Scoffers has evolved into, Pi Pizza. The second in a chain, with the first being in Winchester, Pi now occupies what was Scoffers and the old butchers next door.
Opened a month ago (March 2018), Pi is slowly finding its feet amongst the local dining options, with the recent snow snap slamming the brakes on after a positive opening week. Walking into Pi diners are greeted with a small bar area, under a ceiling of dried flowers, which the staff created over 80 hours while training. The main dining area is the atrium in the back (I can’t wait to go back in summer and bask in the long, summer evenings with a slice of pizza and glass of wine in hand), along with open pizza oven and yes… the tree is still there.
Based on fresh, quality produce, the menu is clean and simple. A dozen or so starters and salads are on offer before hitting the main event, coming in either 12” or 20”. Be warned, the starters are generous, and do consider what you begin your meal with, especially as you’re going to have pizza as main. For example you get a whole creamy burrata accompanied with a caramelised fig and sourdough toast, and yes, it is as good as it sounds, while the ‘tricolore’ (bufala mozzarella, I.O.W. plum tomatoes and avocado) was juicy and brimming with flavour.
Onto the mains and diners are encourage to try Pi’s half and half (ie two different sets of toppings on the same pizza base) or even three sets of toppings on their pizza for two. I went for pork sausage, which sat alongside wild boar salami, while my wife settled on a rosary goat’s cheese with crispy kale next to Lebanese spiced ground lamb and Turkish yoghurt; “like a kebab on a pizza!” according to my her. Fermented for 72 hours the dough at Pi is exceedingly light, though following the generous starters, we quickly felt full. Choose wisely, some toppings are spicier than others and should these be paired with something safer, the safe option can, unfairly, taste a bit unflattering as a result.
To drink, Pi offers a handful of sparkling wines and a dozen white and a dozen red options including vegan and organic choices. Deserts are all homemade, should you have space spare, which change on a weekly basis. Always a fan, I opted for a scoop of salted caramel gelato and wasn’t disappointed. Thick and creamy, it was a wonderful way to finish the meal.
The area surrounding Pi has a plethora of restaurants to choose from including local competition Pizza Metro which has been serving metre long pizzas for 25 years. Pi’s unabashedly clear message and offering a clean and uncomplicated menu and space, now gives local pizza lovers options.
Enquires: Pi Pizza, 4 – 6A Battersea Rise, Clapham, London SW11 1EE / 0207 9785542 / http://battersea.pi-pizza.co.uk/