This past Monday 15th December saw the grand opening of new pizzeria Tonda at 233 Portobello Road, giving locals the chance to try out many different varieties of Italian pizzetta during a special ‘open house’ day. From the first pizzetta fresh out of the oven at midday to closing at 11pm, almost 1,400 pizzetta had been given away!
A pizzetta is a smaller version of a pizza, sized at just 6 inches wide, and cooked to order using authentic Italian ingredients. Tonda’s traditional recipe for pizzetta – one that does not use animal fat, colourings or preservatives – has been handed down from father to son; this family-run business is originally from Pescara in Italy, where it was founded in the 1950s by Gabriele Ciferni. Gabriele’s son Riccardo, a well-known Italian entrepreneur, and his wife Laila Ciferni run four locations in and around Pescara, named Trieste Pizza.
Tonda on Portobello Road is the first location in the UK, and will give customers the chance to enjoy traditional Italian pizzetta either in the restaurant or to take away.
Local resident Marcia Leatham said:
“Located right on my own doorstep, luxurious urban crisp tasty street food. We are blessed with a new stylish gourmet pizzeria called Tonda. Situated in the heart of Portobello, Tonda combines authenticity and originality where we can meet and unwind.”
David Shahata, UK business partner of owner Riccardo Ciferni, said about the open day:
“We had a wonderful day – it was good to meet so many local people and introduce them to our pizzetta. It went down really well I hope that our takeout format will be a winner with those wishing to have a quick bite. We think that Portobello road is a great location for our pizzetta.”
Tonda is now open daily from 8am to 11pm, serving coffee, pastries, pizzetta and soup throughout the day. More on Tonda can be found at www.tonda.co.uk.
Hot on the heels of the very first, sold-out Supper Club Social on 15th November, personal holistic chef Sarah Sugden is hosting another special supper club event in Notting Hill next Friday 12th December.
The Peruvian themed evening – named Peruvian Nights dos – will see diners once again having the opportunity to sample some tasty Latin American specialities in a private dining room in our local area.
The evening will comprise a Pisco cocktail plus a six course tasting menu for all diners; this will include four ‘Ceviche & Tierra’ options, followed by a sorbet and a dessert.
Come down to feast on sea bass ceviche; sweet potato and coriander causa (a type of potato cake) with beetroot and coconut; salmon with yellow aji pepper, mina mint corn and cress; and asparagus with red quinoa, smoked curd and herb flowers. Clean your palate with the physalis, pisco, lemon and mint ‘sorbete’ and finish off the evening with a delicious-sounding lucuma, almond and coconut cake with honey and passionfruit. Sounds simply amazing, doesn’t it?
Sarah Sugden works as a personal holistic chef in London (with clients including a number of high-profile personalities based in Europe and the US) and runs her own cooking and catering company SomethingfromSarah. The Social Supper Club events showcase Sarah’s style of cooking – one that’s fresh and vibrant, involving creative yet unfussy preparation.
Tickets for the Supper Club Social cost £40 per person, and can be booked via somethingfromsarah.com. The location of the evening will be revealed on booking!
The first supper club in November was a sell-out, so make sure you snap up tickets quick. This is a wonderful opportunity to take part in a social evening out, as well as sampling the tasty treats of Peru – which are very tasty indeed!
The Supper Club Social – Peruvian Nights dos Friday 12th December 2014
Secret location in Notting Hill somethingfromsarah.com
It can’t have escaped your notice that one of the global cuisines that’s becoming ever more popular in London these days is Peruvian. With a rash of Peruvian and Peruvian fusion restaurants popping up all over London in the last few years, it seems it’s now easier than ever to sample South American delicacies and versions of ceviche, lomo saltado and aji de galina. (But perhaps thankfully cuy hasn’t made it over to our shores – Google that to find out what it is!)
A fantastic opportunity to sample a tasty Peruvian menu is coming our way in early November, as holistic chef Sarah Sugden will be hosting a supper club in Notting Hill called Peruvian Nights. The night – hosted in a private dining room – will feature a seven dish tasting menu inspired by Peruvian cuisine and will feature ingredients and items associated and closely linked to the country – from Pisco sour cocktails to sea bass and salmon ceviche, quinoa and corn, causa (a kind of potato cake), and Peruvian sweet dishes, this will be a great way of sampling a range of foods from Lima and beyond.
Originally from Australia, Sarah is now based in London working as a personal holistic chef (with clients including a number of high-profile personalities based in Europe and the US) as well as running her cooking and catering company SomethingfromSarah. Sarah believes that food is at the very heart of our wellbeing; her Peruvian supper club will showcase her inspiration and style of cooking, presenting a menu that’s fresh and vibrant with plenty of seasonal flavours, all prepared in a creative yet unfussy way. You can find out more about Sarah and her company, including its bespoke catering services and small cooking classes, at somethingfromsarah.com.
I attended a French cuisine-themed Grub Club supper club earlier this year…and, needless to say, loved it! To find out more about how Grub Club supper clubs work and to see my review, check out: Review: Fab Cuisine – a Grub Club event.
Where has the last year gone? I certainly remember last year’s Carnival as if it were yesterday…but yet it’s already Carnival time once again!
That’s right, this Sunday and Monday – 24th and 25th August – Notting Hill’s streets will be packed to the brim with the revellers, soundsystems, jerk chicken stalls, Red Stripe sellers…and the Carnival procession too! And then, of course, once each day is done and dusted, it’s time for the legendary Carnival after-parties to get going…
Time Out, as ever, has a great guide to the Carnival which you can see here – there’s the route map, Carnival tips to help those that have never been and an essential guide to Carnival after-parties…as well as warm-up parties! The print edition of the magazine also has a six-page guide, including a feature on the steel bands of the event, a look at the parade’s colourful costumes and other useful tips that will come in handy to those attending. Given that Time Out’s free, it’s well worth picking up a copy. (Try local newsagents which should still have some lying around.)
VisitLondon also has useful and fun section on the Notting Hill Carnival – including a very useful area map that not only shows the procession route, but also displays helpful Underground information. There’s also more on their Notting Hill Carnival pages, which also include information on Notting Hill and Portobello Road in general.
The Evening Standard has a great line-up of Carnival parties that are taking place over the whole Bank Holiday weekend if you really want to get into the Carnival spirit.
Rinse’s Rough But Sweet Soundsystem
Celebrating twenty years since their first transmission as a pirate radio station on this very August Bank Holiday weekend, Rinse will be hosting a Carnival soundsystem for the very first time. In partnership with London streetwear brand Boxfresh – who themselves are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year – the Rough But Sweet Soundsystem will be on the corner of Hazelwood Crescent and Bosworth Road, W10. Rinse has grown from a small set set of friends sharing tracks inspired them into a radio station that transmits innovative music; the soundsystem will be live on Rinse and is the first of a programme of birthday celebrations that will culminate in Rinse – Late at Tate Britain.
The Rough But Sweet line-up – featuring everything from grime to basement and bass to soul – includes Katy B, Chase & Status, Tinashe, Route 94, Skream, Bicep, Becky Hill, Metalheadz, Ms Dynamite, P Money and many, many more – head down (or tune in!) to celebrate with Rinse.
Don’t bother trying with any of the Underground stations actually in the area – they’ll either be closed, operating a one-way system or insanely over-crowded. Try Bayswater (Circle & District) or Holland Park which aren’t too far a walk away. Many roads (e.g. Westbourne Grove) will be closed, so it’s easy to get around. TFL have a useful page on transport to and from the Carnival.
Yes…Carnival will be crowded. Ridiculously so in some places. (e.g. The junction of Great Western Road and Westbourne Park Road is always something of a major bottleneck.) If you see a massive crush of people – no doubt trying to push past each other in all directions – consider stepping back and trying to find another route around, especially if you get a little nervous with large crowds.
THE SOUNDSYSTEMS ARE LOUD. Don’t stand too close to them, because your ears will be ringing for days on end. I SAID, YOUR EARS WILL BE…oh, forget it.
Everyone and his mate will be selling soft drinks/cans of Red Stripe/bottled water from front steps, street corners etc. They’re fine to buy from! But it’s probably an idea to bring your own water along, at least to start with.
If you want to get the vibe of the Carnival but don’t mind which day you go on, DEFINITELY go to Carnival on Sunday (officially, Children’s Day). It’s a bit less crowded, the soundsystems will still be in full swing, and you can pretty much experience everything. Plus, the kids really are very cute with their amazing costumes!
DON’T drink too much. Please. I’ve seen many a reveller passed out in some doorway by mid-afternoon (!). Yes, it’s a bank holiday. Yes, it’s fun. But then you’ll just be making some nice St John’s Ambulance people tend to a drunken fool. And doorways aren’t exactly comfy!
On a related note…you’ll need the loo at some point, yeah? There are some toilets and urinals set up on site, and you’ll also see local residents offering their own loo facilities (for a charge!). But bear in mind the whole ‘loo situation’ is a bit like a festival.