I'm on team Ivanhoe. I'm gutted that the pizza application for Tower Bridge road was defeated - I was hoping for another decent pie establishment opening in the 'hood. I guess it's back to store bought.
It shows Cucina (but that will be Lupa now), and also a promising sounding place in Exmouth Market (doubtful they'd deliver to SE1 - but I could always put my scooter to good use and go via there on the way home, I suppose. I get enough cracks about pizza delivery that I might as well do it once in a while).
I used to love it, made it my no 1 delivery option. Lupa arrives and it drops off in quality so the ordering becomes much less frequent until it becomes a rarity (and not a treat). Decided to give them a go tonight, they still have my details, the pizza takes 85 minutes to arrive but I'm still hopeful.
The driver walks towards my door holding both pizzas with 4 bottles of beer on top. My heart sinks a little, I'm concerned that there will be too much pressure and the toppings will be all over the top of the box. I take one of them and open to examine; my fears are confirmed but also 20% of the pizza is effctively burnt. As I do this, the driver tries to open the other pizza with what look like less than clean hands. I'm horrified. I take it from him, the second pizza is significantly adhered to the box lid, the plastic tripod has competely collapsed.
Nevertheless, I don't want to reject them, I want to get back some of the love. Obviously the driver doesn't have any change so he gets overpaid; usually I would tip £3 but this has been rendered inappropriate by his actions in squashing the pizzas.
I bring them inside and try to make the best of the position. Unfortunately, both pizzas are on the cold side of cool. Not great but press on, it'll get better. Not quite, the margherita pizza has the chili base which should have been on the cucina piccante (my personal fav) and the CP is so undercooked (in contrast to the burnt margherita) that it has a very soggy bottom (c GBBO).
Ultimately half a slice is eaten from the margherita - chili not being acceptable. I consume two doughy slices of the picante before giving up.
A call to Cucina/Lupa follows; the driver is new so I should forgive him for squashing the pizzas - not quite, if he's that new and was trained properly he might remember that placing heavy items on top of a weak box is not a good idea. His attempt at opening the pizza with his bare hands drew horrors over the phone. The chili base is apparently due to them being busy. I'm not interested in a refund or dealing with them further; replacement pizzas were not offered.
I lament the death of my love of pizza. Hopefully they will drop all references to Cucina, what is now produced should not be associated with my good memories of their prior performances.
We still have deliveries from Lupa, and I prefer them to Basilico (partly because of the selection).
I preferred Cucina. They did a better Fiorentina, IMHO. But Lupa are still above average. I'll have more frequent bashes at making pizza at home, but even with a stone I can't get the sort of heat that you get in a proper pizza oven, and so I guess we'll keep on using them.
baking the crust (covered in a couple of tablespoons of sauce)in the bottom of a v hot oven for about 5mins before you top it might help a bit.
although i know what you mean...
It is supper-time now at Giovanna Azi's house, and her two young sons are clamouring for the three different types of pizza she has made. She places a bread basket on the table and the deliciously comforting smell of fresh baking fills the room.
Her elder sons reaches out for a third slice of pizza.
"Isn't it delicious?" I say to him.
"It's good," he acknowledges, "but I prefer the takeout pizza we used to buy at the restaurant."