People say that Italian food is all about an ingenious use of really good ingredients, and we try to keep to that sentiment. David is Roman and is passionate about what is correct and what is not, and we all bow to him on this. Authentic Carbonara, with guanciale, not bacon. And who mentioned cream?! The right temperature for Porchetta? Lukewarm apparently. White lasagne?? He puts us straight.
Every morning begins by firing up the oven with fresh wood to roast vegetables for the antipasti and to cook our daily specials. A couple of rustic all-in-one dishes that are made, devoured, and gone. Our idea is to stick to restaurant basics. Simple, direct, homey food, cooked with love.
Later in the day we intensify the heat for cooking Mother’s sourdough pizzas. The sourdough is a creature, something wild. You don’t own it you think you might but actually it owns you.Think about having a leopard as a pet. And that is our Mother.
The dough is based on a leaven of natural yeasts which gives it several benefits; a long proving time develops complexity of flavour, the gluten in the wheat is broken down to make a much more digestible and appetising pizza, and the crust itself has a characteristic sourdough tang and a chewy quality that is very moreish.
The style is from Naples- arguably the benchmark for all pizza – a thin base with a puffed-up pillowy edge, blistered from the intense heat of the wood-fired oven. The centre remains a little soft. The Neapolitan way of eating a slice into fold or roll it.
Mother restaurants wine list is unique, kind of a micro-list really, using only a handful of high quality italian producers that we know personally. Importing direct means the quality level is very high with exceptional value because we have no middle man.