Panzo, Exmouth Market

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.

Root Hair and Beauty, Exmouth Market

I’m always looking for a boutique hairdresser that provides a great service in a friendly space. Root Hair and Beauty is the perfect neighbourhood salon. In March 2016, after a total rebrand, Root was reopened by Stefano Pierantozzi. He has tons of experience and a welcoming nature, making the venue relaxed and approachable but professional. The team of stylists and beauticians provide a range of hair and beauty services to meet all your pampering needs.

Root salon

On a quiet Tuesday morning I had the salon to myself… (at weekends they get manic). Root is conveniently located on the charming Exmouth Market, a street which has a plethora of small independent businesses, from pizza restaurants to gift shops. The interiors are simply and stylishly decorated with plenty of light.

Root salon

Stefano swears by the Italian brand Davines, which is healthy and nourishing for hair with no nasty sulfates. He washed my hair with the clarifying shampoo and an illuminating shampoo from the range, before using a silver mask to dull the copper tones in my blonde highlights. I felt completely relaxed as he massaged the moisturising mask into my hair and soothed my scalp.

Root salon

We chatted through the change in hairstyle, deciding to keep the length but trim the split ends and remove the layers to create a more striking overall look. Stefano worked quickly but carefully through my hair as we chatted about haircare and the salon’s successes.

Before blow-drying my hair, the Davines Oi All in One Milk was combed through to add smoothness through the lengths. My hair felt light and silky, with a cooler colour and sharper finish. To add a big of glamour Stefano added some loose beachy curls to my hair before spraying with a texturising hairspray.

I envy the locals who live close to Root, I can imagine I’d spend a fortune on regular blow-dries and hair transformations if I was lucky enough to be an Exmouth Market resident.

More information and book an appointment at Root Hair & Beauty here.

Blackfoot, Exmouth Market

Blackfoot is a place for people who love pig. Or to be more precise, pork. As a child I loved sausages, my university days were spent guzzling bacon butties, and now, in my civilised twenties I can’t go a week without my chorizo fix. All the varieties in between are often found in my fridge too. There is something luxurious yet homely about pork and creating a neighbourhood restaurant dedicated to it seems to me like a brilliant idea.

The eatery opened in 2013, previously it was a much-loved traditional eels and mash place called Clarks. Many of the building’s original features have remained intact and give the main room a lovely retro feel. I visited with a group of friends on a Thursday evening. We had called a few days earlier to book a table, and been made to feel rather fortunate for managing to secure one. We squashed into a very tight booth, and sipped the lukewarm house white whilst catching up.

Between us we tried an assortment of meaty dishes, luckily my friends are not vegetarians but there is one dish (Mega-nut burger) for those avoiding meat. Whipped Lardo on sourdough toast was a devilishly tasty start, especially paired with the finest fennel salami. Main courses were mighty and magnificent. I loved the Spare-Rib Steak, an extremely tender piece of pork marinaded in fennel seeds, garlic and cayenne, well paired with the Blackfoot pepper sauce. Another popular choice on our table was the richly flavoured Long Smoke, the whole belly smoked in applewood chip with a Sichuan pepper, black treacle and star anise crust, cooked low and slow for six hours, carved and served with pecan coleslaw and pickles. Taking it to the next level is the Love me Tender, a rack of ribs ‘just the way Elvis would have wanted’, they were slathered in a wincingly sweet Southern BBQ sauce but were wonderfully easy to pull off the bone. There is always something very satisfying about picking apart ribs and finding the fleshy goodness.

Desserts don’t let up on the calories – if you are going to try one to share, go for Peanut butter and bacon semi-freddo which is a tasty mix of sweet, salty and nutty. I also liked the homemade chocolate eclair, which arrived dripping in melted dark chocolate and stuffed full of freshly whipped vanilla cream. Lemon sorbet with pink fizz is a good option if you feel like something light and palate cleansing.

Blackfoot is reasonably priced and ideal for a fun night out with friends, particularly good for greedy little piggies like me.

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