With Arthur’s on the Green closing its doors for the last time at the beginning of February, everyone (me included) has been very keen to see what was going to take its place. Well we didn’t have to wait long as just over a week ago Arthur’s Pizza opened its doors for the first time. Never one to turn down a good excuse to go out for pizza, I was desperate to go.
Having reached a pretty major milestone at work, the boyfriend surprised me with dinner reservations as a little celebration. It was a cold, wet, and windy Tuesday evening, the kind where very few people venture out of their lovely toasty homes and, as a result, we were rewarded with our choice of tables. We were greeted with a really warm welcome and got ourselves settled in the cosy alcove, taking in the new decor. It’s been decorated with with lots of warm sandy orange tones echoing an Italian trattoria vibe. There is a lovely balance between cozy and inviting when the weather is vile, but also I expect it will be lovely and airy in the sunny summer days, with the glass doors opened up allowing the seating to spill out into the sunshine. For a special decorative treat the wall between the kitchen and the seating area has been opened up so you can see your pizzas going into the wood fired oven.
Once we had settled into our surroundings, we got our priorities straight and ordered some wine while we mulled over the menu. For those of you that don’t like pizza there are a few pasta and salad options, but as you can imagine with a name like Arthur’s Pizza, your choices are going to be mostly pizza based (ha). The menu isn’t massive which makes choosing a little easier. To start we ordered calamari and garlic bread, and for the main course I ordered the Melanzane Parmigiana pizza; roasted aubergine, baby plum tomatoes, fior de latte and Parmesan. The boyfriend ordered the Salsiccia e Friarielli; fennel sausage, wild broccoli, chilli and Parmesan. Mine was definitely the better choice, but I faced some disagreement on that. One thing we definitely did agree on was that it was all great! I’m really impressed with the pizza bases, beautifully thin without getting soggy, and the best part about a thin base is that you can eat so much more pizza!
We had a lovely evening, the new owners were really great, attentive, and happy to chat about their plans for the place and how they’ve been getting on. Sometimes when you go to a restaurant on a very quiet evening you can feel a little smothered and watched, but we didn’t feel that way at all.
I don’t want to say “best pizza in Twickenham” because there are so many places I haven’t tried yet, but it was definitely the best pizza I have had in a long time!
Oh, and one more thing… For all of you that liked a lazy mooch down to The Green on a Saturday morning for brunch and thought you had lost your brunch spot, fear not! Arthur’s Pizza is now doing breakfast!
Check out the menu on their website, and the photos on their Instagram or Twitter account. It looks bloomin’ great and I’m already making plans to go try it out. I’ll let you know how I get on, that is if I don’t see you there!
Written by Fabienne Barratt