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Went in today for a nose round, looks really nice. Great improvement on before. (Councillor) Watts was there having a quick pizza on the campaign trail. They have put screens in for the football experience so trying to catch the Pappagone vibe for the World Cup possibly?
We ate last night at the new Porchetta. Maybe it needs some time to settle, but my comments are:
The asked for extra garlic and extra chilli in the fusilli alla campagnola barely registered - I hate to think how bland it would taste without the "extra". The sausage element of the dish needed to be cooked on a bit more. The original Porchetta used to use a higher quality sausage as well.
Mr W had an undercooked frito misto.
Overall, although beautifully presented food was a disappointment, but have to say that the decor is highly improved and the toilets dazzling. The staff were friendly and welcoming. However, they will need to up their game on the food front to survive.
Just been to La Porchetta. Waited about 7 minutes before we were given menus and then only got them because we asked. Food not too bad but had to send back the calamari as it was stone cold and soggy. We ordered wine which didn't come til after we'd got our food as the guy doing the bar left it on the bar for about ten minutes and stood there doing nothing when he could have brought it over to us and all the staff walked past it and ignored it several times. The manager seemed to have no clue as to what was going on and it was really difficult trying to get anyone's attention. I did complain and the manager was really apologetic and gave us a free dessert but that's not the point. I don't like the new decor and all the old staff have gone, leaving the place really soul-less. I probably won't go back as I much prefer Pappagone or Venezia.
Misscara, If the timing’s right I must have been in there with the missus at the same time as you. Good food, disastrous service. She arrived before me, was not offered a menu or a drink until she asked. Same happened to the table next door. They forgot to put my order through. Plates not cleared away between courses. People waiting for ages trying to get the attention of staff to no avail. Other people just milling around in the entrance. The manager seemed completely clueless, just walking back and forward ignoring everyone and doing nothing constructive. Did get two free peronis for our trouble, but unless I hear some radically good reports from you guys in future I’ll stick with Pappagone and Venezia.
I did like the décor though.
Are the TVs always on? They were when I went in last week. It's really offputting (it was MTV or similar). I'm sure they'll sort the service out, the shiny surfaces I could take or leave, but the TVs are a dealbreaker for me.
I'm with ShaunG on this one. TVs on in a restaurant are completely unnecessary and annoying.
Porcheta for the first time ever forgot about my take away order. I ordered went up to Woodies came back and nothing had happened. Watching the body language etc there are issues which need to be resolved between some of the people. The younger pizza chef who was there before the revamp was working hard, the older taller guy seemed to me to be trying to avoid doing anything. He seemed to be in charge passing a the order two feet from the printer to the pizza chef and failing to do it properly. I also thought the ergonomics of the pizza making area are not as good as it used to be and the two of them are getting in the way of each other. I intend to have a word once I see one of the managers that know.
Still the best pizza !
VENEZIA HAS BEST WEBSITES IN WOLD INCLUSIVE ON--LINE ORDERINGS
I'm always amazed that people can have such strong views about the relative quality of Porchetta and Pappagone's pizzas. Are they really all that different? But I've gone off Porchetta because of the new decor.
Excellent, with all the new members we can bring the eternal unresolvable, subjective Pappagone vs Porchetta argument to a whole new audience.
We should make it an annual thread or something.
Venezia's pizzas have been the best I've had on SGR, although I've never eaten inside the actual restaurant.
I like the new look La Porchetta, it looks good and isn't just an identikit copy of the other La Porchetta's. The TV's are annoying but they were off when I went in there on Sunday and anyway pizza places in Italy inevitably have a TV on.
The old plaster falling off the walls, uncovered breeze block look was no longer amusing and it's now a nicer place to eat with a better atmosphere.
Have eaten in there a few times now since the refurb and after the service being bad even by the haphazard standards of a neighbourhood pizza restaurant the first time, it's been infinitely better the next two. The manager who used to be there pre-revamp is back and the ship is much tighter than when it first re-opened.
I'd give it a thumbs up and I'm now no longer tempted by Pappagone's decor.
Venezia's takeaway pizzas are good - not sure I'm tempted to eat in though.
My view is, we should count ourselves lucky we have the choice of all three.
Basilico looks to be opening in CE, so should deliver to Stroud Green.
Are they any good?
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