I hadn’t got round to trying the pizza at Radio Alice yet, despite hearing great things and seeing plenty of beaut shots on Instagram, so I was pleased to get an invite to a pizza making class there a few weekends back. Finally trying the pizza AND getting stuck in the kitchen? Winner!
My brother and I went down on the greyest, drizzliest London Saturday imaginable, so we were pleased to get inside and be greeted with cocktails — an Aperol Spritz can give even the greyest days a tinge of summer, right? Radio Alice has great interiors: raw, partially exposed brick walls contrast to the sleek marble bar that wraps around the open kitchen; there are plants and flowers in vases, wooden stools and tables, and subtle touches of blush.
With 10 or so others, we gathered about around the kitchen to hear about how Radio Alice came about, why their pizzas are different, and most importantly, how they are get them so light and bloody tasty. Turns out, their recipe comes from Bologne, and they use ancient baking techniques to make them crisp on the outside, soft in the inside, and light enough to enjoy for lunch without feeling sluggish. We watched as the head chef guided us through the pizza-making process step-by-step, from feeding the sourdough starter (complicated science!), to rolling out the dough (skills), spooning on the marinara and various toppings, and shovelling it into the giant pizza oven (one day I’ll have one of those at home). We all did the all-important taste (verdict: delicious) before getting behind the kitchen to make our own. I got the hang of rolling out the dough — it’s a kind of frisbee-like action, all in the wrist — so managed to get my base nice and thin, and the crusts more thick and chewy. I went for the anchovies one, so added the marinara sauce, olives, anchovies, capers, and fiordilatte mozzarella, and got it straight in the oven.
I don’t wanna brag here but BOY IT WAS DELICIOUS. Radio Alice’s pizzas really are so light you can eat the whole thing and not feel sluggish. That said, I was a good girlfriend and saved a couple of slices to take home for Ed – he wouldn’t wanna miss the Radio Alice ‘Alice’ special! Now I can’t promise you’ll be able to get behind the kitchen to make your own, but you should definitely get down there to check it out if you’re a pizza person like me — I highly recommend the anchovies one… I’ll be down there for more slices soon!
Radio Alice, 16 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NT