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Eco (Bar, Restaurant)

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162 Clapham High Street, Clapham, London, SW4 7UG
Cuisine: Pizza
Tel: 020 7978 1108 | Email to Eco | Transport: Clapham Common | Write review

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Best for: inventive pizzas, Italian cuisine.

Great: homely design and atmosphere.

Full disclosure: I bloody love pizza. The subconscious pull of sun-drenched Mediterranean shores and a fervent passion for dough have led to a lifelong obsession with Italy’s greatest export. So you’d think that the gods were smiling on Eco Pizzeria of Clapham High Street before I’d even set foot through the door.

And yet; my passion for baked cheesy goods has led to a scathing mistrust of any cheap imitations or inferior produce. I am also doggedly conservative and narrow-minded when it comes to dining out on pizza, and any dedicated merchants of Margherita have to offer up something pretty special to tempt me away from my north London parlours of choice.

So a lot more was at stake on this visit than first met the eye. Eco needed to make a damn good pizza, or risk the fury of a calzone connoisseur scorned.

To my delight, they came out all guns blazing, and I can confirm that Eco is now on my fiercely selective list of top-notch London pizzerias.

The décor played a large part, certainly: the narrow main room is split over two levels and has been thoughtfully renovated, allowing a certain traditional charm to shine through all the shiny modern fixtures.

The high, duct-strewn ceiling, supporting girders and chrome tables call to mind chains such as GBK and Pizza Express, but the potholed brick walls, rough wooden floor and warm lighting ensure Eco isn’t too impersonal or severe in design.

Eco’s expansive lay-out includes outdoor seating, long wooden tables and an open-front kitchen (with a giant pizza oven in orange ceramic tile, no less), encouraging a communal, easy-going atmosphere which is reinforced by laid-back music and informal yet efficient staff, who are quick to pick up on any queries or orders.

The food isn’t half bad either. Although the starters are a little insubstantial for their £4-£7 price tag, Eco’s pizzas are a revelation, blending organic ingredients and a touch of flair. The wild mushroom, truffle oil and pecorino combination that I sampled was surprising, rich and memorably tasty; exactly what was needed to justify such an unusual excursion south of the river.

Other quintessentially Italian dishes – including lasagne, penne al vongole and even oven-baked stone bass - are also available at very reasonable prices, if you must ignore the pizza, while the house raspberry panacotta hits the spot for dessert.

Factor in an all-encompassing arsenal of wines, beers and bubbly, and you can see why the good folks of Clapham have turned Eco into a veritable institution over the years. And with its new look, which strikes a neat balance between modern symmetry and one-off individuality, this restaurant looks set to cement its reputation for many years to come: good news for pizza enthusiasts everywhere, no matter how staunchly one-track-minded they might be.
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Customer Reviews for Eco

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“My buddy and I went here last night. It was a Monday and we booked using some special half price deal, which I'd totally recommend. We both had excellent aubergine starters and then sizeable mains. He had a glass of wine and I had a Coke and the bill only came to about £20 between us. Bargain of the century! I also recommend swapping the penne for gnocchi - at no extra cost - it works a treat. Cute waitresses too.”
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Johnski, Clapham South (7 years 6 months 15 days ago)

“This place is absolutely superb. And it is easy to tell... there was a never ending queue when we were there on the weekend. The service is excellent and the food was really amazing. I couldn't believe how good the food was. The decor is so creative too. I just can't wait to go back there.”
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penny, london (8 years 5 months 17 days ago)

“Visited Eco only recently but was really impressed. I had asparagus and poached egg salad with pancetta delicious. I was comfy, the vibe and crowd were good and the staff were great. My mates had some super pizza's. Best in town!”
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sam, london (10 years 10 months 28 days ago)

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“When I feel hungry I think of eco. The food is well understood and real. The place is vibrant in the night and easy in the day, its crowd are simple to flamboyant (i've spotted many a celeb here munching on lunch in the corner). I have never experienced a better pizza anywhere; I have even seen basilico di bufala on a p... express menu and the porcini truffel oil elsewhere (created by eco), but they couldn't pull it off? - because they lack the understanding. ”
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Chaz, london (11 years 1 months 8 days ago)

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