Situated a 15 minute walk from both Archway and Highgate is Centuno, offering an informal and relaxed setting for lunch and dinner. We were seated in a comfortable booth with plenty of space to spread out all the food that we wanted to order (!) and were recommended a couple of dishes from the specials menu.
The selection of starters at Centuno could not have been more perfect for me and included garlic bread with mozzarella, burrata, courgette fries and calamari – literally all of my favourites things. As difficult as it was to turn those starters down, we opted for the Antipasti for two (£11) on the specials menu. With homemade bread, baby buffalo mozzarella, sun dried tomatoes, coppa salami, milano salami, prosciutto ham, rocket and mixed olives, it was a great selection and we particularly loved the bread which was served warm and drizzled in oil. Other oils were also available and so we added a little bit of chilli for an extra kick.
The main offering at Centuno is their Neapolitan style pizza with eight varieties to choose from as well as a couple of specials. Centuno use a flour blend obtained by milling selected tender grains of Italian origin with a stone-ground organic durum flour from Senatore Cappelli wheat to create the dough. This method definitely works as the pizza was thin, light and crispy – exactly how I love it. We chose the Nduja (I can not get enough of this spicy Italian sausage!!) with pepperoni and popponcini pepper and the Sweet Verde: courgette, spinach and garlic base, sweet caramelised onions, goats cheese, smoked mozzarella, san marzanino tomatoes, accompanied by a Rocket and Parmesan Salad.
Both pizzas were absolutely spot on with a great amount of topping without letting the consistency down, a huge amount of flavour (Centuno cures the pepperoni and nduja sausages from Calabria) and I loved Centuno’s creativity with the ‘green base’ Sweet Verde pizza. With their pizzas priced at between £6 and £9, it really is great value for money for such good quality. Definitely order some of the delicious dips as well – at just £1 each you can bag garlic butter, alioli and pesto mayo – they were brilliant for dipping crusts in!
If you do not fancy pizza , Centuno offers a number of salads and three different pasta dishes, including two vegetarian options. We could not fit dessert in so will have to go back for their ‘Build you own Sundae’ offering! In true Italian style, there are a number of wines on offer, Italian beers (Morretti) and prosecco, as well as aperitifs and digestifs.
Centuno is absolutely worth a visit with lovely staff, excellent food and reasonable prices.
East London Girl: Centuno