L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, Stoke Newington, London
New to London, new to Stoke Newington and with a lot of pizzaz. Formerly queue-centric, but much more relaxed these days. Still loud. L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele is the latest extension on the book-famous Neapolitan pie joint. A local favourite for many years in its birthplace of Naples, Pizzeria da Michele keeps the standards in its London arm.
It’s a name with a bit of fame. Pizzeria da Michele featured in Eat, Pray, Love and I don’t quite know how much gravitas this writer has in terms of food. No doubt there’s a much different vibe for the store in Naples versus the one in suburban London.
Finding a table wasn’t too much of a problem, this was a busy venue at last glance. Not sure if Stoke Newington feels like a perfect fit for L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele. The pace is of the area is more relaxed and it’s very neighbourly. This place is fast, and it’s loud. The service is quite Italian. The menu is extremely limited, and there’s well, just one thing, or the other thing. The two choices are the margarita and the marinara, and with the margarita you can have two levels of cheese.
We went for the former. A perfectly imperfect crust base with a rich, tomato topping. A little soft, it folds up well and ain’t too messy at all. We’d recommend the extra mozzarella, you can never do with too much. £7.90 is all the regular one sets you back, a nice eat that tastes of authenticity. Almost Naples.
So. After this meal, my stomach wasn’t feeling so good. I don’t mind just for a few hours, or a few days, but for most of the week. I’ve started to conclude I may have sensitives with food acidity. The bases at L’Antica Pizzera da Michele feature an authentic, tomato-heavy sauce so I believe it may have to do with that. Based on that, I don’t think I can return in a hurry, but it’s a fine pie if you can’t make it all the way to the Mediterranean.