“Pizza for dessert?” Despite the best efforts of our lovely waitress, who talked us through the menu of the Mayfair Pizza Co, it was the sweet pizzas, which included Wild Strawberry and Limoncello and Lime, Banana Tiramis and Nutella Calzone, that stood out as a potential challenge for my ‘classic’ palate.
Having said that, the Mayfair Pizza Co itself was a pleasant surprise. Located on the gorgeously continental Lancashire Court (complete with wine and coffee swilling, smoking, animated Europeans) the restaurant is all sleek pine wood and vibrant red leather chairs in what looks like a university library setting – albeit with a bar and a funky twist. The waiting staff are charming, gorgeous, and European. The diners were a mix of European families, and European tourists. Are you seeing a trend here?
The menu goes beyond what the name suggests and has an extensive pasta, salad and mains (meat and fish) offering that includes some familiar – Meatballs, Beef Carpaccio, Cannelloni, Chicken and Prosciutto Milanese. And some less so, such as the self-proclaimed wild-card Crab 'n Mac – crab macaroni cheese with parmesan wafer, which at the waitresses recommendation I tried. It was very good on the palate, and most likely very bad on the waistline. My friend picked the salt and pepper squid – he was over from Singapore after all – which looked spectacular, and was a very decent dish.
For mains we took the recommendations of the truffle and porcini mushroom pizza and the seafood (squid, prawn, red mullet, clams, octopus and mussels) linguine. The pizza was divine – one of the best I’ve had for a long time. (And I’m from Franco Manca country.) The linguine was mixed – some of the seafood was slightly overcooked and the tomato sauce lacked bit and was a little heavy. With the Prosecco and Gavi di Gavi flowing, we took up the waitress on the sweet pizza challenge, and went for the Nutella calzone with marshmallow and crushed hazelnuts. I must admit that this dish made me nervous, and my concerns were confirmed when it arrived. I love a traditional calzone. I love any dish with chocolate and hazelnuts. But the combination didn’t work for me. Too sweet and too heavy.
But that makes it sounds like the meal ended on a bad note, which wasn’t the case. Mayfair Pizza Co is a great little place which both of us would happily revisit. But I would stick to the classics.
On a scale of * to *****
Pizza and Prosecco ****
Waiting and purring ****
Party vibe ***