Italians flock to Newington Green for authentic home-cooking

A restaurant in Newington Green is serving up a slice of Southern Italy and it’s become hugely popular with London-based Italians.

Trattoria N16 has been trading for around 12 years but a year ago co-owner Demetris Demetriou bought his partner out of the business and went from silent partner to running the show.

The business, which serves up hundreds of pizzas on a typical weekend day, has a team of talented chefs from Naples who prepare dishes like sourdough pizza and Spaghetti alla Scoglio the traditional way under the watchful eye of Head Chef Pina Di Lauro.

And they’re pretty disparaging of big high street pizza chains. Chef Pasquale Brancato, who fell in love with cooking while working in his father’s deli in Naples, said: “Some of the big chains shouldn’t be allowed to call what they serve ‘pizza’! It’s terrible – their pizza bases are like chewing gum and there’s so much fat in them they make you feel stodgy.