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Friday, 25 July 2014


If you’re on Charlotte Street looking for a relaxed lunch or need to soak up late night drinks, swing by Icco for a little taste of Fitzrovian Italy.

The pizzeria has got an American diner feel to it with perching stools, big stainless steel benches and the atmosphere is noisy and buzzing. Young professionals pouring out of work and bars often take a pit stop here for its cheap and cheerful atmosphere (ideal for those of us crawling towards payday). At £6 on average per person you can’t go wrong.

There’s outdoor seating if it’s warm, and bottles of oil and hot chilli flakes when it’s cold. I’ve walked past this place every day for the past four years and don’t think they’ve given it so much as a lick of paint, but it’s always clean and the chefs are always immaculate.

Their pizzas aren’t overloaded with toppings either, which I like. Their bases remain crisp and you can eat a slice without a spoon. 
I went for goats cheese, spinach, mushrooms and pepper, and didn't have the usual cheese coma which would normally make me pass out on my keyboard. The only criticism is that the pizzas can sometimes come out a tad blackened from the oven, but with such a fast moving place it’s bound to happen. Just ask them to redo it if it’s too crispy, they were happy to do for me once and they were still smiling! 

Their website is here. No booking needed, just pop in for a slice. I'm always looking out for good pizza restaurants, so if anyone has any recommendations please do drop me a comment. 

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