Wednesday, March 18, 2009

La Forchetta Pizzeria & Restaurant - a cheap alternative to Pizza Express in London

La+Forchetta+pizzeria+London+Islington+AngelSome say that the High Street/Essex road in Angel Islington is the street with the most restaurants, eateries and bars in the whole of Europe . How true that claim is, I'm really not sure but one thing is true, you would really be spoilt for choice when it comes to for dining. In fact, if you were to visit one restaurant every weekend, it would be almost a year before you hit the same place again.

That's also the reason why I never understood why so many would flock to Pizza Express when there are a number of pizzerias that are much better in terms of taste. La Forchetta Restaurant, which sits at 73 Upper Street , is just one of them.

Its recent promotion of selected pasta and thin crust oven baked pizzas (12 inches) at £4.90 each was what first brought me to this self styled Italian eatery chain. Staffed entirely by Italians, the service could be pretty brash. Don't get me wrong, the staff is not impolite, you just don't expect them to fawn over you while you decide on what to order.

We proceeded to order a Mariana (spaghetti) and a Forchetta pizza. Currently there's an ongoing promotion of any pasta and pizza with a drink thrown in for £6.90. Add a quid for beer. The Mariana was done just right with fresh seafood. You would however, after a quick survey around the restaurant, conclude that most patrons are going for the pizzas instead of pasta.

La+Forchetta+pizzeria+London+Islington+AngelThe Forchetta pizza, which the restaurant takes its name from, normally goes for £6.70 without the promotion, is a treat with parma ham and eggplant. Crisp edges but not burnt (like the one I had at Uno just a couple of doors down the street), I would say that the pizzas served in La Forchetta is a treat with a swig of beer.

While serving the food, a waiter came by with a bowl of parmesan cheese and grunted in heavily Italian accented English,

"Would you like some parmesan to go with your spaghetti though we don't recommend it?"

That sums up the La Forchetta's experience - the Italian styled pizzaria that would not shy away from telling you how you should have your food.

La Forchetta Pizzeria & Restaurant
73 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0NY
Tel: 0171 2266879

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Fëanor said...

When we lived by Angel, we used to frequent this place. Over time we noticed that their portions began to shrink, esp. in the takeaways. The gnocchi pomodoro used to be fine.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of pizza's, we have here in our little town a restaurant which serves the biggest pizza i have ever seen - it's not Italian i think but it is fantastic! Both in size & flavour. i could never finish one by myself - if u ever come to town, i'll shout you one & see if you can finish it all by yourself ;)

Digital Polaroids said...

Amazing, I live in Tucumán, Argentina, and there's also a pizza place called LA FORCHETTA!

Dutchie said...

Try making ur own bolognese sauce n u can use that to go with ur spaghetti, lasagna, pizza, taco's n moussaka (Balkan oven dish - layers of eggplant or potatoes with the meat sauce in between). That's what I usually do :-)

Our local pizzeria charges 8 euro for a medium with just tomatoes n cheese toppings. The meat n funghi variation goes for 12 euro each. Supermarts r offering frozen pizza's at 1,59 - we r testing it out for our dinner tomorrow (hubby chose the barbecue chicken n cheese).

In Rome, pizza's r sold in squares n doubled up like a sandwich. I could never get enough of the tuna n celery combo n hubby enjoyed his piece with artichoke n salami. Btw, I heard that the roti prata's in SG comes with pizza fillings these days ! Such a fusion will erode the concept of prata, dont u think ? Which reminds me, murtabak is actually more satisfying than a plain prata right ?

PHA said...

I've not got round to reviewing it yet but it's got the taste buds going.
Piers from The London Restaurant Review (

Martin In Bulgaria said...

I'm always for smaller independant food establishments.

Emm said...

Oh, I love parma ham and eggplant - that pizza looks scrumptious!

C K said...

I've not tried the takeaways yet. Is there a difference in price? At least it wasn't indicated on the menu.

lol, how big is it really? I must warn you that I have a huge appetite. You'll be surprised how much I can eat.

Hmm... I might just take up your offer. Have always wanted to visit Switzerland.

@Digital Polaroids,
I think the names pretty generic. It's like calling a shop 'The Burger Place', you know what I mean? :)

That sounds really good. I'm hopeless at cooking, my wife can attest to that, but I'm pretty good at eating. lol

8 euros for a medium?? That's exhorbitant! Let us know how the supermarket variety taste.

Not too sure about roti prata with pizza fillings. I heard of cheese in prata though... is that it? I think the vendors are just desperate to come up with new stuff... and dumping everything and anything into pratas... including ice cream as well.

Ah... murtabak. I love the lamb mince variety.

You got a neat site over there. Do drop us a comment after you've reviewed La Forchetta.

A soft spot for the underdog... we'll make great eating buddies.

Hey Emm, it taste better than it looks. In fact, I feel like having another go at it tonight.

Dutchie said...

Right, the frozen pizza - the box was deceivingly big while the contents were too light for our dinner. It was too sweet (the ketchup or the sweet corn ?) for our taste. The chicken must hv flown over the coop (hubby's sense of humour) n the cheese was untraceable. The only redeeming fact is the crispy crust. So, it's back to home made pizza from now on. It was fortunate that I had a dutch spiced cake baked prior to heating up the pizza or we would be hungry all evening ! I baked it once a week for hubby's breakfast - he never tires of it. U can get a whole range of flavours in the shops but I hv spiced it up with stem n freshly grated ginger to give it heat (tingling on the tongue), orange peel n all-spice powder. I think we hv a chinese version of this sticky brown cake, usually sold in slices at the kueh stalls.

I was a novice in the kitchen prior to my life in NL. Practice makes perfect u know *wink* I had to make the effort, or hubby would dish out cheese sandwiches at every meal *sigh*

WebbieLady said...

I miss Italy with this post. The pizza and pasta are different with pizza express I believe, especially if it is a fast food... and you said true Italian? Bene per te allora because here in Netherlands, only Turks sell "Italian Pizza" hahah.. whattashame!

Fëanor said...

Same price, I think. But I haven't been for 2 years, so can't say for sure.