Papa don’t preach, but if he did, he’d recommend you head to South Kensington’s award-winning, Pappa Roma for the simply divine Italian food turned out by a kitchen of lofty talent. The pizza dough is hand-stretched and the pizzas themselves baked in the only wood-fired oven in this part of London, the pasta is homemade fresh everyday, the cheese, olive oils, and even the tomatoes are selected by the chefs and imported from Italy to be combines with best of local products so you know you’re going to indulge in only the finest Italian dishes when you take your places at Pappa Roma’s Glendower Place restaurant.
Pappa Roma’s head chef Nicola has over 30 years experience, trained in the heart of Italy, and gracing this South Kensington Italian restaurant with a presence that guarantees the quality of the cuisine on offer. He picks the olive oils and many other of the vital imported ingredients himself, supervises the pasta and pizza prep, and it’s his culinary encyclopedia of recipes and gastronomic nous that keep this special southwest London kitchen ticking over. Early in the morning, the area’s only traditional wood-fired oven gets warmed up, and in go the foccacia and ciabatta ready for the first guests.
That oven keeps going all day, turning out hand-stretched pizzas that are proving incredibly popular among South Kensington locals. We recommend the signature Pappa Roma pizza, a perfectly balanced twelve-inch pie topped with mozzarella, grilled courgette, cherry tomatoes, Burrata cheese and Parma ham. The full a la carte menu is classically structured, as you should expect from any Italian restaurant in London with a worthy claim to authenticity, with the homemade egg pappardelle with Italian sausage meat, courgette, cherry tomato and truffle cream at the top of our list of the restaurant’s pasta dishes. Further or, Ssecondi piatti like the Scottish beef or sea bass are an irresistible lure to Pappa Roma’s Glendower Place address.
We arrived quite late as our concert overran, but we still received a warm welcome. I had a vegetarian pizza which was amazing, really crispy base. My partner had a risotto which was perfectly cooked and full of flavour. We'd definitely return for a more leisurely evening.
Excellent pizza - friendly service - decent wine list - nothing to fault. Handy location near the museums and the Albert Hall and close to South Kensington tube
A wonderful, atmospheric and friendly restaurant - delicious lunch served quickly by happy staff. Children loved it - we shall be returning on our next visit to London