Bella Napoli, 173 Brockley Road

Bella Napoli (020 8692 3301) is the new takeaway pizza place that is seeking to succeed at a spot where a succession of other places have failed. They've gone for the safe option: a takeaway and delivery service in an area still relatively short of good pizza.

The pizzas are cooked in a wood-fired oven and eschew the oily dough that most local places use. The menu is more interesting than the lowest-common denominator choices we plumped for in the photo above and the prices are good (£8 a pop at the moment), but the ham and mushrooms they used were both disappointing. The team were very friendly.

Some day, someone will open a more ambitious pizza place in Brockley. Until then, this is a welcome addition, that should do well.

25 comments:

Mark said...

Got a pizza from here last week. Quite nice, nothing special, plus the menu isn't too interesting. Usually I get pizza delivered from Origano Leaf but theyre always late a freezing cold. So it's nice that Brockley finally has somewhere to get stone baked pizza. Wouldve been a lot happier if someone would open up a place like Mamma Dough or Franco Manca, seems more suited to the area.

Pizza Lady said...

I'm confused. I ALWAYS order from the Bella Napoli in Bromley because it is by far the best place delivering round here (can't handle Pizza Hut grease fest). Is this the same people with a new establishment in Brockley? I hope so.


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Antipodean said...

Any more news on the Antipodean restaurant where the Broca Food Market is? Isn't it supposed to open this month?

Brockley Nick said...

I think they are making good progress, though inevitably there have been some complications along the way.

Mark said...

I always do as they're so tasty!! You just have to warm up the oven.

Antipodean said...

thanks

terrencetrentderby said...

They are busy exterminating the natives

Guest said...

Yep it's def the same guys as Bromley - think they opened up in Brockley because they were always having to deliver here anyway.

James Masini said...

Is Honor Oak *really* that far to go? With Le Querce and Sodo/Mamma Dough, it's a wee pizza haven 5-10 down the road.

Matt Sullivan said...

While I have not sampled their wares myself yet, I havehearsd 2 reviews so far, both poor.

Personally, alarm bells started ringing when I saw onion rings and chicken nuggets on the menu of this "traditional" pizzeria, think I'll pass...

Broccola said...

As an Italian, onion rings and chicken nuggets on the menu of a supposedly italian pizzeria make me cringe as much as spaghetti bolognese. Poor Italy.

Headhunter said...

Those places are great but It's not 5-10 mins if you live in north Brockley, it's a walk then a train ride then another walk or a good 25 minutes at least if you just do it on foot.... I don't know where in Brockley you're thinking of to be in HP in 5-10 mins! From where I live it's almost quicker to walk into Greenwich....

Nigel said...

Actually have to agree. Pizza's can be pretty ropy in Italy, they're certainly not great on every street corner - and I'm not just talking about dodgy tourist trap places.

terrencetrentderby said...

We did but I just had to respond to Broccola

Broccola said...

Some italians might bang on about how great their cuisine is because is a way of life to them, a cultural and historical heritage dearly kept alive by a culinary passion deeply rooted in our country (and perhaps justified and legitimized by the fact that italian cuisine is the most exported and distorted in the world..pizza being the first dish ) however, you have missed my point.
I never commented on how good the pizza at Bella Napoli is, that would be unfair as I never ordered one. I was talking about the commercial exploitation of a cuisine, in this case italian (which for obvious reasons I know well) and how it is distorted and re-invented for mere financial gains.
I am sorry to hear you never had a good pizza in Italy, at the end of the day is a matter of individual taste, I guess someone has to eat the ham and pineapple ones, as Bella Napoli proves it, there is a market for everyone! Enjoy

terrencetrentderby said...

If only that arrogance translated to decent food, it must hurt to know others make a living cooking Italian food better than Italians

anonymous said...

i suppose you think heinz tinned spaghetti is better than the spaghetti you get in Italy as well?

terrencetrentderby said...

With or without ketchup?

Max Calò said...

And to wrap up the feast a good cup of Nescafe, also Italy's best selling instant coffee.

terrencetrentderby said...

Nescafe? Posh git.

Shiba said...

Pizza was ok. Tiramisu and chicken wing were a horror! Don't ever bother trying.

Shed said...

I've had fantastic pizza in Italy. In Milan, Verona, Udine and Como. Most memorable in Milan. Not a fan of the one with a raw egg broken on top though

terrencetrentderby said...

Italian Americans make much better pizza, it's almost like they cant be arsed in Italy.

Judge Rudy said...

well, just gave it a go, ordered a ham and mushroom with extra ham and mushroom (something impossible to fcuk up) and to be honest, a standard ham and mushroom from dominoes knocks what i just ate into a cocked hat.... in fact, one of those fresh pizzas from tesco for three quid is pretty much on par with it.....

not impressed in the slightest...

Sue L said...

65 minutes and still waiting for our pizzas to be delivered. They'd better be worth it . . .

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