We’ve all had that dream. The ‘where to go for dinner’ discussion crops up, and you, hero to the hungry, say ‘oh, I know this great little place round the corner’. Then you part the tourists like the Red Sea, and guide your friends to the safety of a beautiful little spot with candles, mosaic tiling, and pictures of people’s grandparents on the walls. Pappa Roma is that place. A five minute walk from South Ken station, they serve solid Italian food. If you get the pizza, you’ll wish you got the pasta. If you get the pasta, you’ll wish you got the pizza. It all just smells so damn good. And, it’s so damn cheap. You can share one of their giant wood-fired prosciutto pizzas and a bottle of red and leave only £16 lighter. In Kensington. Madness. And sure, should you decide to make it an even £20 by getting the pistachio-topped cannoli for dessert, we really wouldn’t judge you.
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