Italian Pizza Connection, Bayswater
We have come to learn, much to the outrage of many a Daily Mail reader, that popular chain Pizza Express have secretly been serving halal chicken. Prior to the leak of this apparent scandalous news, the S&S team were zealously on the look out for halal Italian pizza of a more authentic quality, as opposed to the standard fast food local chicken shop variety. All credit goes to Sheikhy for spotting the halal sign in the window of the gem that is Italian Pizza Connection in Bayswater.
Situated on Westbourne Grove, close to the junction with Queensway, Italian Pizza Connection is a small restaurant with a strong continental vibe. The restaurant probably seats only around 20 people, but its small size is compensated by the big personality of its owner and its even bigger pizzas!
Pizzas come in 2 sizes, 13’’ and 18’’. As the big eaters that Sheikhy and I see ourselves, we opted to attempt to conquer the 18’’ between the 2 of us. Spoilt for topping choices, the bubbly and helpful manager offered to create a bespoke multi meat topped pizza including beef sausage, lamb mince, salami and chicken. Along with a side of garlic bread, the 18’’ proved too great a challenge and the last couple of slices had to be packed to take away. The inability to finish was purely due to sheer size; the pizza was delicious. The right amount of cheese, excellent flavours, and the perfect crispy texture of the base. To me, the perfect pizza.
Food – 4/5 – Delicious. One of the best pizzas I’ve had.
Service – 4/5 – Speedy, friendly, attentive, caring
Value – 4/5 – an 18’’ pizza, depending on topping, costs between 14 and 22 pounds. Shareable between 2 or 3 people.
Venue – 4/5 – A European feel to the décor. Smart and clean. Excellent transport links and decent parking available close by. Walking distance from Queensway Market prayer room. Fancy moving on for dessert? Walk over across the road to Snowflake gelato!
SAS factor – 3.5/5 – rare to find halal pizza
Total – 19.5/25
Reviewed by: Yav
Address: 94 Bishop’s Bridge Rd, London, W2 5AA
T: 020 7229 3536