Gail's Bakery co-founder and Italian restaurateurs to launch London pizzeria

12 October 2016 by
Gail's Bakery co-founder and Italian restaurateurs to launch London pizzeria

The founders of a restaurant chain in Italy have teamed up with Emma King, co-founder of Gail's Bakery, to open a new London restaurant, Radio Alice.

Radio Alice, a 113-cover pizzeria, will launch in Hoxton in December.

Restaurateurs Salvatore and Matteo Aloe, who run five Berbere pizza restaurants in their home country, have named Radio Alice after a 1970s pirate radio station in Bologna.

"It was the soundtrack to Bologna's counterculture," said Salvatore. "Radio Alice was fiercely Italian and deeply rooted in the rebellious. Their proud spirit and unconventional approach have always been an inspiration to us, and we hope today's Radio Alice Hoxton will be much the same."

It will serve pizzas made using stoneground flour, with dough that is left to ferment at ambient temperature for 24 hours.

Matteo added: "The ingredients are from traditional organic and slow food producers in Italy and Britain. But the combinations have a modern vibe: anchovies, red onion, lemon zest and tomato; gorgonzola, speck, honey, fiordilatte and walnuts; prosciutto di Parma, burrata, orange infused oil and fiordilatte. If it feels right, it is right."

Alongside the pizzas will be a short menu of piccoli, and house-made dolci, and the restaurant will serve back and box wine from Libera Terra, a co-operative set up on land liberated from mafia control, as well as La Bassa, the brothers' collaboration with Brew Fist in Italy, or pale ale from London's Kernel Brewery.

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