Berberè prepares to make London debut

By James McAllister

- Last updated on GMT

Italian group Berberè pizzeria prepares to make London debut on former Radio Alice restaurant site following buyout

Related tags: Pizza, Restaurant, London

Radio Alice founders Matteo and Salvatore Aloe are to open the first UK outpost for their Italian restaurant group Berberè next month.

Set to launch on the former Radio Alice site in Clapham, the first London Berberè pizzeria will 'echo' the look and menu of its Italian siblings.

The interiors will retain the brand’s distinctive look, contrasting the exposed white brick walls with flashes of colours and using the open kitchen as a focal point for the dining area.

Founded by Matteo and Salvatore in 2010, Berberè currently operates 12 sites across Italy.

Berberè's London pizza menu will include classics like margherita; marinara; and the Napoli with anchovies and capers. However, there will also be a range of topping combinations especially developed for the new site. 

They include the ‘Spicy Diavola’ with spicy salami and ‘nduja; one with baked aubergine, homemade basil and walnut pesto, and smoked ricotta; and a white pizza topped with gorgonzola, speck, radicchio, mozzarella and honey.

The menu will also offer a selection of fritti; and a signature dessert of sweet dough balls deep fried and filled with vanilla gelato and peanut butter. 

Having launched Radio Alice in a joint venture with Azzurri Group back in 2016, Matteo and Salvatore acquired a majority share in the three-strong pizza chain back in February​ this year. 

At the time it was understood that the brothers would convert all three Radio Alice restaurants - in Clapham, Hoxton and Canary Wharf respectively - into Berberè pizzerias, but it is not known if this is still the intention.

"Berberè was born from our love of good pizza and we always wanted to elevate the humble pizza with the best ingredients from both the UK and Italy, but also we want people to have fun sharing slices with their friends and enjoy our cocktails," say Matteo and Salvatore.

"Sharing is a huge part of the Italian way of life so we’re excited to be bringing Berberè and a taste of Italy to Clapham."

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