Yard Sale Pizza – Holy Pepperoni

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Yard Sale Pizza does it simple. Small shop, great pizza. Not too many options, a few crowd favourites, and that’s pretty much it.

Simple shop means simple choices, so I just went for a Holy Pepperoni. Sporting some pepperoni (DUHHH) and spicy Nduja sausage, it was a delicious pizza pie. Not a religious one mind you, ain’t nothing holy about pepperoni. But a truly great meal. Not that I was expecting anything less seeing how Yard Sale have been expanding across town.

Simple is good. I like simple. Too much choice can be a bad thing. And with pizza as good as this, it amplifies the experience.

 

Slimy? Oily, messy, greasy… the way pepperoni pizza should be

Satisfying? Holy pepperoni, Batman!

 

Yard Sale Pizza
54 Blackstock Road, London N4 2DW
http://yardsalepizza.com
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Pizzeria pappagone – Quattro Stagioni

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What makes a place “your local”? What is it that turns a restaurant from just another joint up your alley, to THE place you somehow always end up eating at?

Well, I’m not sure. Heck, most people would just call their corner kebab shop their “local”. All I know is, for me, living in the Finsbury Park area (until my landlord goes crazy or something, which could happen any minute), there’s one and only local place: Pizzeria Pappagone.

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I can smell it from here

Pass it by any night. It is always hustling and bustling. Packed to the rim, and with enviable character (I’m pretty sure all the staff is italian, and they sure know their stuff), it’s more than just a restaurant. It’s an Italian experience.

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Getting closer…

My last visit was on a Monday, and yes, it was full. But thankfully, that made no difference in the quality of their pizzas. Going for the Quattro Stagioni, I “stuffa my face” (their words, not mine) with mozzarella, ham, spicy salamy, some shrooms and olives. As good as it was, trust me: it doesn’t matter which pizza you order. They are all good. They are all massive. They all feel traditionally Italian.

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EVEN CLOSER!!

Why haven’t I written about this place before then? Because I always forgot to take pictures. That’s just how good these pizza pies are.

 

Slimy? They do put a lot of mozza. And that is just the way I like my pizzas

Satisfying? If you’re not satisfied and happy after one of these pizzas, then there’s something wrong with you

 

Pizzeria Pappagone
131 Stroud Green Rd, London N4 3PX
www.pizzeriapappagone.co.uk/
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Oven and Hearth - Smoked Lamb Shoulder bbq pulled lamb sweet potato fries stroud green finsbury park

Oven and Hearth – Smoked Lamb Shoulder

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You know that feeling, when you order something and you have no idea how it will actually be served? When a menu just says “lamb”, and all sorts of different ideas pop to your head. From a piece of steak, to meatballs, to lamb chops. It really could be anything.

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All hail the volcano!

So of course I’m happily surprised when from the depths of Oven & Hearth’s smokey kitchen, I see approaching a MASSIVE VOLCANO of Smoked Lamb Shoulder, exploding with succulent and flavorful meat. Meat as tender as can be, easy to pull apart and even easier to eat.

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Chopper view of the lamb volcano

Seriously, there’s no other way to describe this other than as a magical, lava-meat spewing mountain of a platter, complete with sweet potato fries and paired with (an admittedly insane amount of) coleslaw, plus some fiery and not-so-fiery sauces. It’s a smorgasbord of happiness, and as such, it didn’t last very long before it was devoured.

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The gangs all together now

Everything here screams smokiness, and with other remarkable meat options on the menu (and a £3.5 cocktail happy hour! That’s incredible even by non-London standards…), I’ll have to come back and taste the rest of the cuts (and the burgers). Maybe they’ll be served differently, but I certainly hope not!

 

Slimy? It’s a volcano of meat. With sauces to spare. Of course it’s messy. The good kind of messy

Satisfying? You’ll want to burn alive after one taste of this delightful meaty lava goodness

 

Oven & Hearth
121 Stroud Green Rd, London N4 3PX (closest tube is Finsbury Park)
https://www.ovenandhearth.co.uk/
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Note: This is a sponsored post. What does that mean? That we were kindly offered the meal to write it. Does that make a difference? Not really, but it’s only fair to point it out. If we like what we ate, great. If we don’t… we’ll see!