Matteo and Salvatore Aloe, the brothers behind Italy’s much-loved Berberè Pizzeria, announce the opening of their first UK outpost on Thursday 15 October.
Never one to shy away from a challenge, the pair are excited to put down roots in London, bringing a dose of positivity and Italian charm straight from the streets of Bologna.
Founded in 2010, Berberè is rooted in the brothers’ desire to serve simple, honest pizza in beautifully designed spaces. They have fast become a favourite in cities across Italy, with sites in Rome, Florence and Milan amongst others, all known for their delicious artisan pizza, welcoming atmosphere, and for using the best quality Italian ingredients.
Located just off bustling Clapham High Street, and a stone’s throw from Clapham Common, the focal point of the restaurant will be the bustling open kitchen, giving diners the chance to watch pizzas being whisked straight from the oven, crusts still bubbling. There will also be an outdoor terrace.
Pizzaiolos make the signature sourdough pizza dough fresh every day, using organic stoneground flour from Emilia Romagna and a 24-hour fermentation process giving it a super light and crispy texture.
The brothers will be working with some of their most treasured Italian producers, bringing the freshest fiordilatte from Agerola, extra virgin olive oil from Puglia and anchovies straight from the Amalfi coast.
The pizza menu will include much-loved and recognizable favourites such as the classic Margherita, Marinara and the Napoli with anchovies and capers.
Alongside these, diners can choose from a range of Berberè creations, specially developed for their new south west London home, using the best in both Italian and British produce. Red pizzas include the ‘Spicy Diavola’ with spicy salami and ‘Nduja, and ‘the ‘Aubergine’ with baked aubergine, homemade basil & walnut pesto and smoked ricotta.
Diners can also choose from three white pizzas, such as the ‘Gorgonzola” generously topped with gorgonzola, speck, radicchio, mozzarella and honey or the ‘Prosciutto di Parma’, where prosciutto and burrata are given a zesty kick from a drizzling of olive-infused olive oil.
The menu will also offer a selection of ‘Fritti’ inspired by the popular Neapolitan street food snack – deep fried dough balls with a variety of toppings as well as antipasti and a selection of salumi - perfect to enjoy with a drink whilst the pizza is fired up in the oven.
To finish, Berberè’s desserts will continue to transport diners to the sunnier climes of Bologna and Milan, as those with a sweet tooth can indulge in portions of their classic tiramisu or Berberè Pizzeria’s rather mischievous ‘Sweet Montanarina’; sweet dough balls deep fried and filled with vanilla gelato and peanut butter.
The carefully selected drinks list includes Berberè’s favourite Italian classics, from the Negroni to the Spritz, offered alongside a range of natural wines and digestivi. Berberè will also be collaborating with Mikkeller, the world-renowned Copenhagen-based craft brewery, serving a range of their beers on tap.
The Aloe brothers said, 'Berberè Pizzeria 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.
'Sharing is a huge part of the Italian way of life so we’re excited to be binging Berberè Pizzeria and a taste of Italy to Clapham.'