Lewisham’s Catford is home to a very well-kept southeast London secret when it comes to good eating. It’s called La Pizzeria Italiana, and it’s your password to la dolce vita when you’re on the hunt for an authentic Italian kitchen. Its cosy, intimate premises in the rather appropriately named Eros House down Brownhill Road, close to the junction with Rushey Green, is the perfect place to take in food from the heart, best accompanied by something from the fully-stocked bar – spirits, fine Italian wine and beer.
La Pizzeria Italiana (its plainspoken title is to its credit) attracts rave reviews from diners and critics alike, making it a top Italian restaurant in London’s southwest for pizza, pasta, Med-style meats and more. Something as simply and as casually entered into as a classic pizza confirms this Catford Italian restaurant on Brownhill Road as a special destination. Judiciously balancing ingredients imported from the Italian homelands with fresh and locally-sourced produce, these Neapolitan-style pies are some of the best in Lewisham.
If you’re set to really feast at this southwest London slice of Italy, you’ll be pleased to find that La Pizzeria Italiana’s menu is traditionally composed: antipasti dishes to begin, followed by pasta and risotto, fish and meat, and plenty of seasonal contorni or sides. The fish selection, in particular, is dictated by what this Lewisham Italian restaurant can source fresh; changing every day, ask the friendly staff for their advice. While La Pizzeria Italiana’s Brownhill Road restaurant in Catford is open for two sittings, lunch and dinner, from Monday through Saturday, it has a maximum capacity of 48 guests. This makes it a cosy, but busy, place to indulge in authentic Italian cuisine, so be sure to book.