Some of the best pizzas I have eaten in London.
Sold by the slice off a big wooden board at the counter, you probably wouldn't need more than 2 slices to fill you up without overdoing it. Come on, when eating pizza, you always have a slice too much..."oh, I can't leave that lonely slice" you say. You regret it, almost right away. Basically, go for 2, you should be fine.
If you don't think that's enough though, feel free to pig out on one of those batter covered rice balls (can't remember the name of them now) but they is gooood too.
There is a little seating area at the back which is more than comfortable, a little rustic and well worth pushing past the queue of people waiting to get served at the counter, very cosy - and you get a dedicated waiter/waitress, so if there is a queu you usually end up getting served quicker.
Oh, but don't have your hopes set on coming here with a big group of people, seating is limited and you usually end up sharing a table with a couple of other people tucking into their Italian delights - say hi or just stay head down in that slice of pizza or bowl of Bolognese.
If coming for lunch, get here about 12ish, gets busy and slow after that, and it is hard work standing in a queue looking at the food and not having any.
I really like this place. It's one of these no non-sense friendly places that has great food, where you won't spend a fortune and it has a good atmosphere. It's not a restaurant for a date or nice sit down meal, but a great stop for lunch, dinner or a snack with a friend. It has become my neighbourhood stop when I'm hungry, don't feel like going to a restaurant and just want to satisfy my hunger with some good Italian food. Welcome to Arancina!
Kid: "Scuse me, where did you get this pizza?"
Me: "Oh just around the corner?"
Kid (looks wide eye and about to eat my slice: "How much was it?"
Me: £3 for a slice (indicates an area of long ruler x small ruler)
Kid (and her friends): AMazing! (Ran off)
Yep, it was £ for a giant slice of pizza. It was pretty delicious (gooy and cheesey with a crispy crust) but I think I won't go for the pepperoni next time as I didn't like their sausage. It was super filling and a bit too much for a late lunch...
On the Notting Hill Pizza Scale: Better than Pizza Express but not as good as Pizza Metro.
If you must absolutely get your fix of the fresh pizza, dessert pastries and freshly squeezed orange juice at Arancina and you can't bear the hordes of tourists who flock here, especially at the weekends, this branch in Bayswater is less busy.
Yes, for those of you who must have the orange car experience, there's still the Fiat Cinquecento in the shop front but there's only a tiny section of the car in this shop window.
Only had take-away from here.
The food is great, massive servings and great value - it was £5.50 for a huge slice of pizza and a ragu arancina.
It could have done with being heated up for a bit longer, but that could just be because I had to walk back to work with it first.
The also take card, which is good.
Amazing Italian food, had the most delicious homemade ravioli. The service was very polite and kind and lovely casual atmosphere with a café vibe. Would definitely go back to try other options.
Pizza is very good. There are also really cute Italian boys who work behind the counter. Enough said. :)
Edit: And girls. What are these people? Part-time models-slash-pizza bakers? Very strange... Cannoli was not that good.
Excellent gem of an independent place! As the name suggests, Arancina does Italian food, specialising in pizzas and arancinas, little deep fried balls of risotto and filling.
Great value pizzas which actually taste extremely authentic and good too. Base is not too thick, and has that authentic flavour of wood-fired pizzas. Toppings are a little sparse, but the flavours are good.
I've had coffee there as well and it is pretty well done. There's some quaint tables at the back as well for either leisurely work or chatting with friends.
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This is a nice place with decent pizza and ok coffee. The staff are all very friendly and the décor is bright and cheerful :)
If you like the Italian style this is the place to go. Creamy cappuccino, tasty pizzas and amazing espresso. The service is quick and friendly, even if the place is filled to capacity. They also have a wide selection of Italian drinks at really good prices.
Not quite as quirky as the original Arancina in Notting Hill Gate (I miss those funky melamine plates), but the pizza is just as great here. Mushroom arancinas are another favourtie, and one day I will eat my way through their entire menu.
Staff are exceptionally nice and you can enjoy a real treat here for the price of a supermarket sandwich.
Flat bread pizza at a great price!
I feel compelled to begin typing this review one-handed as I eat my lunch, still warm from Arancina on Westbourne Grove.
A long, rectangular slice of Vegetable pizza smothered with artichokes, aubergine, peppers and cheese, with a slightly blackened crispy base. This is the taste of pizza al taglio that I know and love from my travels in southern Italy. Exactly the same. Is it the dough, the oven, the type of cheese? It's all of them.
And the arancina. Oh the arancina. A weighty fist-sized orange ball of seasoned Arborio rice with a deliciously gooey filling of cheese and ham in the centre, coated in breadcrumbs and deep-fried. If I had had one of these in Naples, Bari or Taranto, I would have been a happy man.
And would I like a can of 'lemon soda' to go with it? Well, yes I would, as it happens. All of this to take away, for a fiver.
I think I would hazard to say that, next to my pizza at Luna Rossa, this is the nicest Italian lunch I've had in the UK.
Arancina have a seating area at the back, and from the look of the counter when I was ordering my lunch, their full menu looks extremely appealing. An evening visit is inevitable...
This is the real Sicilian deal. I usually go for the lunch menu ~6GBP and it's the closest meal I've come to in London that feels like it's been home cooked with a bit of love.
This place used to be better! They used to have a bigger menu only a few months ago, and I could order their penne arrabiatta any time. Now I have to wait for a day when they have it in their buffet. Now they just do pizzas and a buffet... I really hope they bring back their normal menu. We have to find a new regular spot, which is a shame because my bf's favourite waiter in all of London works there...
I've only had the pizza here a few times before, but its one of the best pizza places I've found in London. Takeaway is super quick and something like £2.60 for a margherita slice? Someone correct me if I'm wrong :] I'm a native New Yorker so I have high standards when it comes to pizza. I like it cheap, thin, and delicious. Arancina is one of the two places I've found that does it right.
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