So we finally tried Pulcinella in Kensington. The place was buzzing but welcoming with lovely smells hitting our noses before we even opened the door from the cold street outside. Greeted warmly, complete with a smile, and had no problem getting seated quickly and even had our coats taken for us. Nice modern decor with white walls contrasting with large backlit classic black and white prints, which set the tone for the place. Another Italian addition to the restaurant is the white Vespa scooter parked up next to the centerpiece of the restaurant - a huge wood burning pizza oven, which I could watch all night. It's just a casual, relaxed and nice environment without being overly-stuffy or pretentious. Just right for what it is with people in jeans and t-shirts with kids and also more dressed up people making a night of it.
The menu was pretty simple and I felt it was priced about right. Nice selection of appetizers, which we skipped this time around to save room for the pizzas (over-eating isn't good for you!). My opinion is that the test of a great pizza place is to try their basic Margharita first and judge them on that, so that's what I tried. My other half went for a (only slightly) more adventurous ham and mushroom creation.
Waited what you'd expect to wait on a busy night while we enjoyed conversation and the lively ambiance...about 20 mins. Pizzas arrived looking great and tasted even better than they looked. The secret is the really sweet tomato sauce, which sets the whole thing off. Nice thin and soft, floury base with the obligatory pizza oven blackening and light crisping around the edges, which adds to the taste in a good way. This was a basic but delicious pizza. Can't speak for my other half's (she said it was great too) or the quality of other toppings, but mine was everything I hoped it would be.
Bill came to around 40 bucks for pizzas, wine and beer, which I was really happy to pay given the quality, taste and the overall experience here. I honestly can't say a bad word about the place and will definitely be back soon.
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