While scouring this area for a mythological restaurant called "Calzone" that apparently doesn't exist anymore, a friend and I stumbled into this place. We initially passed it without thinking, but upon closer look through the window I caught sight of some LEGITIMATE ITALIAN WOOD FIRED PIZZA. We looked at the prices for a second, I saw they had calzones, and we entered.
This place is quite large and there is a currently an unused roof area that looks pretty sweet. I'd like to sit upon the roof of Made In Italy enjoying a fine pie.
Anyways we were seated promptly by an entirely Italian staff which is nice to see. It was a little hot in there, but that's because we sat right near the big oven which I was happy existed in the first place!! You can watch the chef make your food right in front of you as he throws it into the oven and the waitresses retrieve it on the other side (cool double sided oven action).
ANYWAYS WE CAME HERE FOR THE CALZONES!! They were delivered pretty fast, but the customers next to us were a little peeved that they weren't being paid attention to. I heard the guy say "looks like they don't care about the customers that have been here once new customers come in."
The calzone was UNBELIEVABLE. I got it custom with spicy pepperoni, ricotta, mozzarella, and it had ham as well. It was so huge, and so amazingly cooked to absolute perfection. The ricotta cheese was especially incredible. It hovered around ten pounds which might seem pricey but it was well worth the cost. Tons of calzone, tons of delicious perfection.
One struggle to note was attempting to order a side of tomato sauce. As an American, this is called "marinara" or "tomato sauce" or "red sauce." But here, THERE IS NO WORD FOR IT. So no one understood that I was asking for the type of thing you put on PASTA. I wasn't asking for ketchup, chili sauce, tobasco, or any convoluted thing British people seem to think I'm asking for. TOMATO SAUCE PLEASE. So ordering this took the power of three staff members to come over to our table to understand. Thankfully after a mighty struggle everyone figured out what I wanted. It wasn't even my accent this time.
Overall, a fantastic experience if not for its tiny hiccups, I'd go back to any other Made In Italy in the future!! WHAT A CALZONE!!
I had a better experience here than their branch in Chelsea, but still, it wasn't spectacular.
The best thing was the service: just six minutes after ordering, I had my pizza. I opted for a cheese-less Marina, which was okay. A decent base cooked in wood-fired oven, covered in a juicy if somewhat tasteless tomato sauce. Worst was the use of dried herbs to try to give it some flavour (or was it decoration?). Unsurprisingly, they added nothing - fresh basil is the only thing that will add flavour after a pizza has emerged from the oven.
Still, service was quick and I paid less than a fiver for the pizza. I doubt I'll returning soon given the presence of the superb La Forchetta just up the road, but in itself my experience didn't give me much reason to be dissatisfied for the money paid.
Another chain in independent's clothing. I've walked by Made in Italy so many times and always dismissed it as a bit of a dive. Up the steps, with its cheap looking pine tables and eye-sore blue tiles, it looks a bit rubbish.
But like Michaelangelo, when the need for pizza strikes, you must answer it. Inside, the design is no better, badly painted terracotta style walls, faux Italian arches and more and more blue tiles. They are really doing themselves a disservice with the design, because the food is quite good.
They sell pizza by the metre! And if a table orders a pizza each with different toppings, it comes as a giant pizza on a long wooden board. Excellent caprese salad, but disappointing calamari and quite possibly one of the most uninterested waitresses ever.
Regina Margherita is part of the Made in Italy Group, which has seven restaurants in London. I was drawn to it because it is close to my flat and I believe that, if necessary, I could survive on pizza alone. In a quest to find "the" pizza place in my hood, I decided to give it a shot.
Pizza is the star of the show at Regina Margherita - it takes up most of the menu. The pies are wood fired and served by the meter. No round pizzas here. My diavola was okay. The crust was too pliable - almost mushy and the edges were torched. Seems the oven was firing a bit too hot. The salami left a greasy sheen over the mozzarella and I fought the urge to dab it up with a napkin like the annoyingly skinny girls did to their pizza slices in middle school. Even though it wasn't the best, I still finished all 25 centimeters.
We were very disappointed by this place, it just doesn't cut it. The pizzas are unique, but they're expensive for what you get and my 8 year old gave his margherita 5/10. This compares with 10/10 for Il Bacio in Highbury!
As a family of 5 we were shoved to the back of the restuarant when the whole place was empty. Our waitress was lovely but her English was so poor, we just couldn't 'connect', so wrong things were ordered and this caused delays for kids meals, which is never a good thing with small kids.
The wrongly ordered items were replaced and not charged for, but apart from that, the place is decidedly average. With so much competition in N1 then I'd be surprised if this place lasted. The previous owners (Est Est Est?) allowed kids to create their own pizzas, add topping themselves, etc. So how about going back to that concept to keep the punters entertained?
I would give this place a miss, especially with Pizza Express across the road.
My other half and I had dinner here last night before going to a movie. We were in a rush and asked them to be quick with the food. To their credit, they got us the food quickly.
The food was just okay. I had pasta, which was nicely al dente, but with the most meagre serving of aubergine I've ever had. My other half's pizza was okay, slightly bland and a tad on the oily side. I probably won't be going back - there are too many other better options for Italian in the neighbourhood.
It's so good, but this location is no longer there :(
Pizza was awesome, staff friendly and it is very reasonably priced.
I can agree with the above reviewer that it is very pricey for what you get, especially in terms of dining experience. Eating out is not only about the food or drink, but the experience and the atmosphere and felt it was a bit cafe style. I went with Italians so for them it was great having Italian waitress' to speak to but for me being English i had no problems. The food is very tasty, i had the meatballs for starter and along with the complimentary bread i was stuffed!! but then i had a pizza on the way, which was a real authentic italian style pizza and very tasty. i am not sure i would compare it with pizza express non the less. So i suppose it is worth checking out
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