In an unassuming corner of Hoxton Square, Radio Alice turns up the pizza frequency dial. With its welcoming ambience created through exposed brickwork, eye catching murals and a menu for both food and drink imbued with a mix of traditional and modern authentic Italian flavours. The welcome is warm and Adele leads you to your table or seat overlooking the chefs at work with not only a smile but the story behind Radio Alice.
There is much to recommend Radio Alice with its off kilter sense of style and undeniably the kitchen is the hub of this neighbourhood treat. The ‘Piccoli’ tease your tastebuds as you count down to the number one event; the speck with apricots is tasty but it is the light and airy burrata which makes you stop and imagine a perfect cloud on a plate. Great care is taken to respect the ingredients to ensure the flavours speak for themselves.
Francesco twirls the artisan dough into delicious light bases with enough bite for a crisp finish but a soft inside. Pride is clearly taken in the slicing of these feats of creation. Having tried one of the pizze rosse topped with n’duja, caciocavallo and tomato; there was just the right amount of heat from the n’duja contrasting with the sweet freshness of the tomato. The pizze bianche was a triumph of gorgonzola, fresh thinly sliced speck, walnuts and the sweetness of honey to marry together all the flavours.
Mention here should be made of their wine list with the ‘vini’ having been sourced from small organic and biodynamic vineyards. Notably the house red and white wines are grown by Libera Terra, a charity turning reclaimed mafia land into sustainable organic farms. We tried a carafe of the Catarratto which was a revelation; a dry, earthy and unique tasting white wine which proved a worthy companion to the excellent pizzas.
Radio Alice is sure to be a top 10 hit with a dazzling soundtrack to accompany the delicious pizzas. I for one am staying tuned in to Radio Alice because joy is not negotiable.
16 Hoxton Square
T. 020 7018 3656