I came across an article the other day dated back in late 2015 that says Shepherds Bush / White City is the new rising foodie hub in West London. It mentions the vast option down Uxbridge Road but it still needs growing, for instance, a good Italian place. Funny how right after I read it, I came across Little Napoli a little further down Uxbridge Road in the area!
You can find Little Napoli at about a 10-minute walk away from Shepherd’s Bush Market station or a 20-minute walk from Shepherd’s Bush station by Westfield. It’s not a huge restaurant, but it has its own little charm that no doubt makes it one of the local favourites. After all, you can’t go wrong with pizza and if you make actual good pizza? You’re totally good.
Little Napoli: Proudly the Neapolitan Way
As its name already explained, Little Napoli specialises in Neapolitan Italian cuisine and there’s no more iconic Neapolitan dish than pizza! Naples is the birthplace of pizza and is still known to make the best pizzas in the world today. Little Napoli prides itself on sourcing ingredients in & around the Naples region to keep everything as authentic as possible. Moreover, their pizza dough is made fresh in-house each day and goes through a 48-hour long proofing process to yield the best quality sourdough pizzas.
Whilst Neapolitan pizza takes the main spotlight, the menu also offers a range of salads and pasta dishes.
Little Napoli does not serve halal meats. Seafood & vegetarian options are available.
Calamari Fritti (£7.50)
Calamari is undoubtedly my favourite appetizer to order and these from Little Napoli did not disappoint. Fried to a gorgeous golden colour, the calamari coating was super crispy and very well seasoned. It was served with garlic & lemon, pepper mayo, chilli, parsley & fried garlic. I didn’t walk in with much expectation and was pleasantly surprised by the burst of flavour the dish’s got to offer. Each squid tasted fresh and was cooked just right without any rubbery or chewy texture.
Another highlight of the dish ought to be the pepper mayo. I absolutely adored that sauce as it carried a subtle kick of spice that complemented the calamari impeccably. A little trick here is to save some of the pepper mayo to dip in your pizza crust later (the waiter taught me that)! Trust me, it’s good.
Bufalina Pizza (£12.50)
Moving onto the main affair, i.e. the pizza. I went with the Bufalina Pizza, which includes plum tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella D.O.P, fresh basil, garlic oil, oregano & black pepper, and topped off with fresh cherry tomatoes, torn buffalo mozzarella D.O.P, fresh basil and extra virgin olive oil.
Firstly, the sourdough pizza base was incredibly crispy on the outside and soft & fluffy on the inside. I really enjoyed the refreshing and tangy flavours from that saucy tomato base, and every topping tasted very fresh and well-seasoned as well on the pizza. For a moment, the pizza transported me back to Italy and that really says it all about the quality of the pizza. And yes, the waiter was right, as dipping the pizza crust into the pepper mayo (from the calamari starter) was just amazing.
Little Napoli Restaurant Review Summary
To be frank, I didn’t expect to have enjoyed it so much at Little Napoli so this was all a huge pleasant surprise. It’s always great to have uncovered a local gem, especially when it’s a great pizza spot! Little Napoli is indeed a great addition to Shepherd’s Bush’s / White City’s food hub and one that’s no doubt going to be a popular one among locals.
No halal meats available