On a rather deserted street in the neglected area south of the river known as Deptford lies a restaurant you absolutely must visit – the Big Red Pizza Bus!
What started off as an abandoned bus on a scruffy plot of land has been transformed into a work of art and a place for people to come together. The owner (and artist) told us that when he saw the old red bus, he imagined it popping out of the wall like a piece of Lichtenstein art coming to life! You can definitely tell that an artist owns this place – from the graphic design of the menus, the arrays of flowers and the easy flow from the bus to the space outside – it’s a feast for the eyes.
I went for a tasting meal with the following menu:
Spidini – Brochettes of grilled chicken, rosemary and lemon served with salsa verde (pesto)
Caponata with salted ricotta
Roast beetroot salad
Spaghetti with pesto, pine nuts and salted ricotta
Fresh ravioli with chervil and lemon butter
Bigoli pasta with Italian sausage and tomato sauce
Pizza of the month: ‘Flower of Italy’ with artichoke hearts, capers, pecorino and roast peppers
White pizza – anchovy, garlic, capers, buffalo mozzarella
Mini chocolate brownies
One of the things I love best about this place is the sheer number of plants and flowers – from orchids and tulips on the tables to frondy trails of green covering up the walls, the beautiful flowers aren’t just restricted to the pizza!
The people at the Big Red have definitely been trying really hard to expand the menu beyond just pizza, with their wide range of salads and pasta dishes.I was really impressed with the ideas behind the menu – the asparagus ravioli with lemon rind was probably my favourite idea and one I might try and pinch next time I’m making ravioli!
However I would still say that in terms of flavour – the pizzas are still the best! My favourite dish of the night was without a doubt the Pizza of the Month – The Fiora D’Italia (Flower of Italy) which comes decorated with an actual flower!
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