We walked into Bianco43 to Dean Martin’s That’s Amore playing faintly on the stereo, and a warm welcome from an all Italian team. The restaurant is located in a beautiful Grade II listed building, and the ceilings are high, grand, paonazzo pillars circle the room, and the walls are lined with bottles of Aperol - if you squint your eyes it’s almost like you’re in the colosseum. Kind of. This is a real authentic Italian restaurant in the heart of London - and we arrived hungry and ready for pizza…
Bianco43 is located on Northumberland Avenue, a side street off London’s iconic Trafalgar Square, about a three minute walk from Charing Cross station. Walk inside and prepared to be stunned by the sheer proportions of the place; it’s an absolutely huge and stunning grand dining hall with a huge chandelier. There’s an open kitchen to the back, and a bar lined with drinks - all of which are Italian - at the front. We took a seat at a lovely solid oak table and an Italian waiter (you see the theme here?) came with water and menus.
The focus here is on delicious Neapolitan pizzas and real Italian homemade pastas like lasagne, spaghetti alla chitarra and gnocchi. The chef makes the pizza with a unique blend of flours the restaurant sources from a family-run mill back in Italy.
It would be a sin to come and not have pizza or pasta, so I opted for one of their signature pizzas: Neranese, which was topped with smoked cheese, courgettes, cooked ham and ricotta cheese. I also added black Gaeta olives and spicy salami. My dinner date decided on the Appardelle Al Ragu’ Di Polpettine: long wild pasta with white small meat balls ragout and onion veloutè. We also got the bruschetta and calamari e zucchini fritte to share - not that we needed them!
The starters arrived quite quickly, and we tucked into the calamari which was steaming hot and delicious dipped into a garlic, lemon mayonnaise. It also came with deep fried courgette chips, which just melted in the mouth. The bruschetta was crisp and flavoursome, topped with powerful garlic, cherry tomato, and lashings of olive oil.
My pizza arrived shortly afterwards, mammoth in size and drizzled in melted cheese. It was really tasty, the base was crisp, the crusts were thin and the chef had been extremely generous with the toppings. My dinner date had finished her pasta before I had time to ask her how it was, so I presume it was just as delicious. We washed our meal down with a glass of Italian wine before saying our goodbyes - Bianco43 we’ll be back!
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