Radio Alice Pizzeria, Hoxton Square

You can satisfy just about any foodie craving in and around Hoxton Square… from Vietnamese pho to burgers and even fine dining. And now, at last, there is a great pizzeria to tempt diners too. Radio Alice is named after a 1970s pirate radio station from Bologna and was opened by brothers Salvatore and Matteo Aloe, who have numerous restaurants in Italy.

Radio Alice Pizzeria

The classic Italian menu features ‘Piccoli’ small plates including wonderfully flavoursome ‘Speck & apricots’ and creamy ‘Burrata with black pepper and oregano’. Pair these perfect antipasti plates with a glass of the lightly sparkling ‘Brut and the beast’.

Radio Alice PizzeriaRadio Alice Pizzeria

The brothers aim to make their pizza bases both crispy and fluffy by using a mother yeast and ancient stone ground flour. They cook and cut the base first, adding the luxurious toppings after. The ‘pizze’ menu is divided between ‘with’ or ‘without’ a tomato base, both are delicious. Opt for the decadent ‘Proscuitto di Parma, burrata, orange infused oil with fiordilatte’, or the meat-lovers dream ‘Pork sausage with pecorino, tomato, black pepper’. The bases were chunky but not overly filling and the toppings really had the chance to shine, thanks to generous helpings and the clever cooking method.

Radio Alice Pizzeria

I couldn’t resist trying a few desserts from the sweet menu. The simple ‘Chocolate gelato’ was delightful, rich and moreish. For grown-up kids the ‘Bourbon vanilla gelato, anise biscuit’ is an indulgent ice-cream sandwich, with a chewy biscuit and whisky flavoured gelato. If you are after something light and palate-cleansing after a pizza feast try the ‘Mandarin and tonka bean’, a light and fruit homemade sorbet.

Radio Alice is a fun restaurant which is serious about making authentic and tasty pizzas. Based in the heart of Hoxton, I’m sure it will be a hit with hipsters hanging around in the area, day and night.

More information and book a table here.

Monikers, Hoxton Square

Hoxton Square is fast becoming the foodie destination of East London with numerous bar, cafe and restaurant options to choose from. Eager to offer an old school feel, the proprietor of Monikers has radically decided to open up an eatery in what used to be the gym of St Monica’s School. This reinvented location has a charming retro feel and relaxed ambiance.

Head Chef Richard Teague serves up a daily mix of dishes like potted cockles with toasted sourdough, black pudding Scotch eggs, roasted wild duck and fish and chips. Specials are written on a rolling blackboard and there is a full brunch menu at weekends. A group of us went along en masse for a birthday celebration and loved sharing the tapas style cuisine. We especially enjoyed the indulgent mini chorizo with honey, messy barbequed ribs and trying-to-be-healthy sprouting broccoli. For cocktail fans I’d recommend the fresh and fruity English Patient.

There is an eccentric private dining room for special occasions constructed from a West Midlands bus! If you book dinner or a little party inside it (for up to 30 friends), then you’ll be issued with pens to graffiti away to your heart’s content.

School’s out and the party is only just getting started at Monikers on Hoxton Square.