I am definitely a Jamie Oliver fan. From my young days of fawning over the ‘Naked Chef’, to devouring steak with an epic view at Barbecoa and cooking up a storm with a Vietnamese Street Food Cookery Class, I’ve always enjoyed his simple, quality attitude to food and the idea of making cooking fun and relatable. And it doesn’t even need to be said that I’m a big time pizza eater. So heading to Jamie’s Pizzeria in Victoria made a lot of sense.
After making my way along the rain-soaked streets of Victoria (with no umbrella, obviously), I was very excited to push open that restaurant door. The Pizzeria is actually part of a full Jamie’s Italian restaurant, and features contemporary and warm décor with comfortable booth and chair seating. We sat in the corner and ordered a beer each, plus some olives to get us started. Our little space had the feel of a cosy coffee shop, where hours could easily be spent watching soggy passers-by.
We wanted to try both the Ultimate Cheesy Garlic Bread (£4.25) and the Njuda Garlic Bread (£4.75), and we thought they’d be pretty easy to manage with one per person. SO WRONG. They were huge!
But trying both was a good option, as both were really tasty. The cheesy garlic bread had more than enough cheese on, and the Njuda was pretty damn spicy. I have to say, I was pretty worried I’d filled up on these before we even got to the main event.
Nah, as if. There’s always room for pizza…
The pizza menu has 15 different options to choose from (as well as extra toppings you can add for £1.50 each to make it your own), and I picked the Carne (£9.95). Intrigued by the pork and fennel meatballs, which were crumbled up across the pizza and had a real meaty taste, with the fennel seasoning coming through well.
Salami, pepperoni and pancetta made up the rest of this meat feast, and the portions of topping were really generous. The cheese oozed and the tomato sauce was rich and plentiful, complimenting the impressively thin base and crisp crusts.
The Angry Pepperoni (£9.95) was similarly well-topped, with ‘njuda sausage to give it a bit of a kick. Although nowhere near as spicy as the earlier garlic bread! The pizzas were also a good size, and I was too full to eat my crusts by the end. Maybe blame the garlic bread for that one, though…
We ordered a couple of salads to go with the pizza, and although they were fresh and bright, I probably would have foregone them as they were pretty basic and forgettable. Plus, the pizza kinda did the talking anyway…
Despite stuffing ourselves with carbs and delicious toppings, there was obviously still room for dessert. I chose ice cream (£1.50 per scoop) – chocolate and salted caramel ice cream, to be precise. If I’m being honest, the salted caramel didn’t really impress, and I barely tasted the caramel in it. The chocolate was better, although still not as rich as I’d have liked. The popcorn was a nice touch though (in fact, I kinda just wanted a whole bowl of it…!)
Conor’s choice was the Affogato (£3.95) – vanilla ice cream served with a pot of coffee to be poured over the top. The coffee was strong, the ice cream was rich and creamy, and it was a race to devour it before it had all melted into the bottom of the bowl. A race I was more than happy to help complete…
Jamie’s Pizzeria definitely impressed me – in terms of chain restaurants, it’s definitely some of the best pizza I’ve had in one, and the garlic bread was definitely up there too. Generous toppings, a good selection and speedy service make this a great spot to visit for an inexpensive family meal, or if you’re looking for simple quality for a pre-theatre dinner.
We soon stopped feeling so smug about those soggy passers-by when we had to leave though…
Jamie’s Pizzeria at Jamie’s Italian
66 Victoria St, Westminster, SW1E 6SQ
*Post written in collaboration with Jamie’s Pizzeria
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