In the midst of London’s current artisanal pizza boom, what is it that sets Radio Alice apart? You could cite its looks (high ceilings, vibrant mural, pendant lamps over a marble bar), its founders (Emma King of Gail’s Bakery and Salvatore and Matteo Aloe of Berberè Pizza in Italy), its location (in a retrofitted school on Hoxton Square).
But it’s a single item from the menu of chewy, airy pizzas that really demonstrates why Radio Alice is special — and it’s a white pizza, at that. Topped with Prosciutto di Parma, fior di latte, and ever-irresistible burrata, it comes perfumed with a drizzle of orange-infused oil. It’s a small, simple touch, but a revelatory one: what other pizza is capable of transporting you to some far-off, exotic orchard with a single whiff?
Of course, it’s worth ordering some snacks as a prelude to your pizza (speck and apricots make a happy pairing, as do anchovies, butter, and still-warm bread). Get a tomato-based pizza while you’re at it: ’nduja- and caciocavallo-topped, if you’ve got a yen for spice; pork sausage- and pecorino romano-draped if not. And whatever you do, don’t forget the obligatory — and well-made — Negronis on the side.