Restaurant review: two eats, one place – it’s Pizzeria di Prato, London Road

By - Monday 10th August, 2015

Marcia Henry-Morgan is talking good. Belly buster good

152 London Road, CR0 2TD
Time from East Croydon:  20 minutes /  10 minutes by 64 or 198

Photo author’s own.

Pizzeria di Prato, 152 London Road (formerly known as Adams), is quite a place. By day – that’s until about 3:00pm – it’s a café. Then from 4:00pm, it’s a pizzeria. So I’m going to review both the offerings of this establishment.

Now the lady who cooks the food is super nice and the food is super good – I am talking belly buster good. I usually have the Number Two breakfast on the menu, and for a fiver you can’t go wrong: hash browns, bacon, egg, beans, mushrooms, two slices of toast and a cup of tea to wash it down. I usually don’t eat for the rest of the day, it’s that filling, and the first time we went my housemate fell asleep as soon as we got home.

One of the things I like about this place is that there is a steady pace of customers whenever I walk past. I take that as the sign of a good place to eat. So if I am off work for the day or if it’s a Saturday, it’s an inexpensive treat; there aren’t many things you can do for £5. The café doesn’t solely offer a full English breakfast, by the way; its menu is actually quite extensive and worth looking at.

And then there’s the pizzeria. After a long hot day recently, I really was in no mood to stand in front of an even hotter cooker and think about making something to eat. I decided to give Pizzeria di Prato a try as it’s en route home.

I pretty much dived into the pizza

Pizzeria di Prato’s wood-fired oven offers eat in and takeaway options. I chose the takeaway option rather than dining in – it really had been a long day. I ordered the funghi e salsiccia: mushroom and smoked sausage, mozzarella, olive oil and Gran Padano cheese on a nine inch pizza base. The service was polite and quick – it took all of eight minutes to be ready. Once I got home, I pretty much dived into the pizza.

Taste test: the crust was slightly crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The rest of the base was thin and soft and didn’t stick to the roof of my mouth like some other pizza bases have. Toppings: the flavours worked together really well and the amount was just right. Sometimes smoked sausage can be salty but this was really flavoursome. And the toppings were spread out evenly so I got an amazing taste from every bite.

Awesome, flavoursome and filling, by day as well as by night

The base wasn’t drenched in tomato sauce, which is always a plus. Toppings weren’t overloaded or stingy, both of which I’m sure you’ve experienced from other takeaways. And have you ever eaten pizza and found at the end that the box and grease proof paper are smothered in grease? Definitely not a problem at Pizzeria di Prato. The menu boasts a list of twenty-five pizzas with the option to create your own. They also offer delivery (minimum £13 order to qualify at the time of writing).

And the price? I got change from a tenner. Yep, that’s right – a tenner. I went in with £10 and my pizza cost me £7.40. OK, its décor isn’t what you may consider stylish and modern and they don’t sell alcohol. This is a humble establishment with friendly and polite staff, both by day and in the evening. But sometimes you really don’t need a food establishment to look like an art gallery. This place has great food and great service. By day or night the food is awesome, flavoursome and filling.

Is it value for money? Yes indeed – I know if I was at a pizzeria in central London I would have gone over the £10 mark. With an empty pizza box and a full belly, I give it a thumbs up.

Regardless of when you decide to visit Pizzeria di Prato, the fact is it’s worth a visit. Happy dining.

Marcia Henry-Morgan

Marcia Henry-Morgan

I am a marketeer by profession, originally from the East Midlands and moved just over a year ago to Croydon for work. I love food, whether it’s eating out or cooking at home. London has a lot to offer in the way of work and play but I am keen to discover what is available to me locally as I feel you don’t have to always head off to the city to have fun.

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