A few years ago London went mad for burgers, now it’s all about the pizza varieties. Pretty-in-pink Panzo on Exmouth Market is the newest pizzeria to demand my attention.
The interiors are very instagram friendly, with plenty of natural daylight, pretty ornaments on the walls and lots of pale pink and copper coloured decor. The contemporary Scandi-style furniture is both aesthetically pleasing and a comfortable place to sit and enjoy a meal.
I visited Panzo on a weekday lunchtime with a friend and was surprised to find the restaurant full and buzzy, despite only opening a few weeks before. I loved the retro Gazzosa Macario drink, a sparkling soda that you can only get in Italy.
The menu is brief and tempting… we opted for the ‘Tina’ to start; burratina with cherry tomatoes and basil. It was just as it should be, creamy and rich and particularly tasty with a pinch of salt and pepper.
The special dough at Panzo is made with a combination of rice flour, soy flour and wheat flour, with less gluten and less calories than regular dough. The unique ‘double-cooking’ method makes the dough crispier and easier to digest, so though it’s filling you won’t leave feeling uncomfortably full. The amazing pizzas are showcased in the front window, seducing passers by and convincing them to come in.
We tasted the ‘Luchino’, a meat-lovers dream with Ventricina, Nduja, Mozzarella and fresh chilli. It was full of flavour, with a delicious mix of good quality cured meats and a spicy kick from the chilli. Though initially I thought it might need more cheese, the thick chunks of mozzarella were sufficient. Vegetarians will enjoy the ‘Easy V’, the tomato base is replaced with a pumpkin base, topped with Aubergines, Courgette, Onion Confit and served with a parmesan sauce to drizzle over the top. This pizza definitely felt more healthy and I missed the mozzarella, but it was an interesting alternative to the standard pizza variations.
There are only two desserts on the menu, so naturally we ordered both. Homemade tiramisu was my favourite, indulgent layers of thick cream and sweet coffee goodness. The chocolate explosion was a less exciting light chocolate mousse.
Panzo is the perfect place to have lunch on Exmouth Market. With lots of menu updates coming soon I’m looking forward to returning asap to try more from this inventive pizzeria.
More information about Panzo and book a table here.