East London meets Bologna with new pizzeria Radio Alice

A new traditional pizzeria has launched in East London, with some pretty impressive roots.

Radio Alice has launched in Hoxton Square serving up traditional pizza, directly from Bologna.

The name of the pizzeria comes from a pirate radio station operated in the 1970s from a two-room attic in the centre of Bologna for about a year before the police shut it down. Its broadcasts covered everything from news and protests to poetry and music.

But now, the founders who are two brothers from Bologna, Matteo and Salvatore Aloe, have brought their flavours to East. They opened their first pizzeria, Berbere, in Italy and it was a massive success, with five restaurants opening over six years.

The brothers use mother yeast and ancient stone ground flour to make their bases crispy on the outside and soft inside. Making the most of the flavours they also cook the base first, then cut into eight and add the toppings.

Their menu includes three options for pizza bases – organic tomatoes, fiordilatte (a soft cheese similar to mozzarella), and a plain one with no tomato or cheese. The menu includes gorgonzola, speck, honey, fiordilatte & walnuts and prosciutto di Parma, burrata, orange infused oil and fiordilatte.

Each base can be paired with a selection of topping combinations, such as garlic, tomato and parsley or gorgonzola, speck, honey, fiordilatte and walnuts.

They’ve also got a small starters and sides menu with piccoli, and house made dolci too, plus a selection of Italian organic wines and beer.

When the boys moved to London, they teamed up with Emma King, co-founder of Gail’s Bakery. “We only cook ingredients that are improved by the oven,” says Radio Alice’s website.

“Our pizzas are created the way we believe they should be enjoyed, so please, no substitutions or changes.”

Can you really beat Expect pizzas made from traditional organic ingredients? Nope!

You can visit Radio Alice at 16 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NT, and visit their website here.

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