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Our Pizza Towers Over the Competition

PizzaI was perplexed when my little niece told me, so adamantly, that she wanted to go to Italy. Not France, not Spain, not Germany – nor even America to visit Disneyland, Australia to view the Opera House or the Middle East to seek the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Definitely Italy.

It was unusual for a four-year-old to be so definite and assertive about these things. Curiosity inspired me to ask why.

The attraction was, apparently, because there was a tower there. Not any ordinary tower, furthermore, but one that is made of pizza. It was a leaning tower. The Leaning Tower of Pizza.

Her eagerness to experience the delights of this unique architectural delicacy persuaded me to find out more. I had not, after all, ever been to Italy, and had never experienced the unlikely pleasure of a sightseeing trip to a 183-foot margherita.

She was wrong about the tower, of course, but the Leaning Tower of Pisa nonetheless has a fascinating history. Not least the fact that it actually took 177 years to build, plenty of time in other words to have commissioned a full survey into the condition of the subsoil and the required depth of the foundations.

Despite its height the tower has a foundation of a mere three feet. To compensate for its tilt, which clearly manifested itself before the build was even completed, the upper floors were built with one side taller than the other. And then, in 1282, construction was interrupted by a battle in which the native Pisans were defeated by the Genoans.

The seventh floor was completed in 1319, and the bell chamber was finally added in 1372. The final design managed to harmonise the Gothic appearance of the bell chamber with the Romanesque style of the building itself. There are seven bells in all, each representing a note on the musical scale.

The Eco Restaurant Clapham, by contrast, does not lean to one side and did not take anything near 177 years to build. Nevertheless it attracts its own steady stream of visitors, although most come less to see the sights or to savour its architectural originality (much though we are rather fond of it) than to sample what many insist is the best pizza in London, with its healthy light base and fresh, healthy ingredients.

Indeed in an age of fast-food mediocrity, we believe a restaurant like ours is a tower of strength

A Tale of Four Basils

Basil!Basil Fawlty – The barking mad hotelier created and made famous back in the seventies by the hysterically funny John Cleese.

Basil so wanted to inject a touch of class into his modest 22-room bed and breakfast in Torquay, but his efforts were not appreciated by his guests who “want to be waited on hand and foot” while he was trying to run a hotel.

Neither was he ever spared the usually unwelcome attentions of his acidic wife Sybil or the escapades of his crazy Spanish waiter Manuel.

Still, he plodded along, lumbering effortlessly from one disaster to the next. Just don’t mention the war.

Basil d’Oliveira – Cricketing legend d’Oliveira sadly passed away just a few days before this article was written. Prevented from playing first class cricket in his native South Africa under apartheid, he emigrated to England in 1960 and played test cricket into his forties and county cricket almost into his fifties, building up an astonishing tally of runs.

In 1968 South Africa’s refusal to allow him into the country as a member of the England test team led to the cancellation of the tour in what was to become known as the d’Oliveira Affair.

In 2005 he was awarded the CBE, and a stand at New Road in Worcester was named in his honour.

Basil Brush – Probably the world’s most famous fox, Mr. Brush looks good for his almost fifty years and is still a big hit with the youngsters.

For many years Basil had his own children’s show, as well as having appeared in Blue Peter, French and Saunders, The Weakest Link, Fantasy Football League, Crackerjack and Are You Being Served, amongst others.

In 2009 he was presented with an ACE award for his services to entertainment. Boom, boom!

Pizza Pomodoro – Liberally applied with tomato and capers, the unmistakable taste of fresh basil on this scrumptious and healthy light-base pizza makes it one of the sought-after specialities at Eco, the best Italian restaurant Clapham Common has to offer.

The Basilico di Dufala pizza, meanwhile, combines layers of succulent mozzarella with basil, tomato sauce and garlic to create an altogether different experience for

the hungry visitor.

The Eco Restaurant Clapham offers a warm welcome and a menu full of options containing herbs and spices bringing out the best in our delicious, finely cooked food. Why not come along and give it a try?

10 Places to Visit in London

LondonThere is so much going on in England’s capital city that it would be difficult to draw up a comprehensive list of everything there was to do, every bit of culture there was to be enjoyed.

One could tour the capital for a year and not see everything. Theatres, buildings, bridges, shops – all of them combine to make London unique and exciting. Let us consider just a few:

    1 Buckingham Palace. Buck House, the official residence of Her Majesty and indeed every monarch since 1837. Official tours are available at a price, but the sarnies are on the host if one can wangle an invite to one of her legendary birthday bashes.

    2 Westminster Abbey. Or the Collegiate Church of St Peter, Westminster to the purists. A place where monarchs are crowned, betrothed and buried, the first two not always in that order. As churches go, this is the big one.

    3 Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. Founded by William the Conqueror in the 11thcentury, this is a wonderful place to visit but by all accounts not such a good place to stay.

    4 Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column. Built to commemorate the victory of Admiral Horatio Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar, there were once lots of pigeons but it is now against the law even to feed them. The man himself looks down disapprovingly as lots of water is wasted.

    5 The Globe Theatre. Built just along the road from the original site which was destroyed in 1613, and again in 1644, Shakespeare’s Globe recaptures the spirit of the wordsmith reputed to have had a vocabulary of 30,000 words, some of which he admittedly made up.

    6 The London Eye. One of London’s newer attractions, at its apex the viewer can see for over 25 miles in every direction, as far as Windsor Castle, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Clapham.

    7 Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Probably Britain’s most famous timepiece adorns the home of government. The Palace of Westminster was a former residence of kings. The less said the better perhaps.

    8 St. Paul’s Cathedral. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and built over a period of 35 years this architectural masterpiece, still a working Church, can be seen in all its splendour from King Henry’s Mound in Richmond Park, over ten miles away as the crow flies (do other birds take the scenic route?).

    9 Piccadilly Circus and Eros. A monument to busy London, Eros, the winged angel of Christian charity, watches the traffic go buy at this famous meeting point and intersection.

    10 Eco Restaurant Clapham. A sight to behold after a busy day’s touring. Visit this one last, as you’ll be hungry after all that sightseeing. The delicious and healthy pizza menu and extensive wine list will not disappoint.

    Our Hams Don’t Overact

    Parma HamDoes anybody know why a bad actor who compensates for his lack of natural talent by overacting is called a “ham”?

    Anyone who knows anything about ham, about the processes that go into its production and the idiosyncrasies of each of the various types of ham that are made around the world, would tell you that this is one meat that plays its part to perfection.

    The term “ham” refers to the meat from the thigh of the hind leg of certain animals, usually pigs. Most hams that are sold on the market today are either cooked or cured, that is preserved by smoking or by the addition of salt.

    Many different countries, inside and outside of Europe, boast their own unique regional products which vary considerably due to different methods of curing and of cooking, and of course because they derive from different species who are often fed and reared in quite different ways. For instance the French Jambon de Paris is wet-cured and boneless and carved into thin slices, whilst the German Westphaelischer is the product of pigs fed with acorns and is dry cured and smoked over a combination of beechwood and juniper branches.

    The options are truly endless!

    Probably the best known ham to come out of Italy is of course Parma Ham, or Prosciutto di Parma. Regulated by a consortium based in the Parma province that awards its own mark of recognition to locally reared products that make the grade, the production of Parma Ham has its own unique process. Only large, fresh hams are used and are cured using comparatively little salt, which include garlic. After it is salted the meat is then sealed with pig fat over the exposed muscle tissue, thus slowing down the process of drying. Curing occurs over a minimum period of a year.

    At Eco Restaurant Clapham Parma Ham is included in many of our pizzas, antipasti and other dishes. It is the use of the finest ingredients in all our foods that stands us apart as being one of the best restaurants in Clapham, and recognised as such by an ever growing number of satisfied customers.

    No Longer the Salad Days for Veggies

    Salad Days Vegetarians do tend to get a bad press. In the eyes of many meat equals protein and the person who abstains from eating it, whatever their reasons, must by nature be scrawny, undernourished and underpowered.

    The vegetarian (although not the vegan) could credibly mount the defence that, being more dependent than most on dairy products of the non-meat variety (egg, milk, cheese etc.), he or she is likely to consume as much if not more high-quality protein that their carnivorous counterpart. Egg white in particular offers the most digestible protein form commonly available.

    There was a time when it was very difficult to be a vegetarian. The veggie was considered by most of society to be a trifle “strange”, and in most restaurants and eating houses a vegetarian meal was considered along the lines of a Sunday roast without the meat, or a ham sandwich without the ham.

    More than this, the word itself evoked an image in the mind’s eye of a thin, bespectacled, slightly sickly looking chap (usually with a beard and sandals) tucking excitedly into a plate full of leaves, with perhaps just a squirt of vinaigrette to fend off its otherwise total blandness.

    Nowadays of course vegetarianism is a whole industry, with soya being used to replace meats and milks, and the emergence of mycoproteins that impersonate, sometimes quite successfully, more or less every meat product on the market.

    Restaurants now routinely cater for vegetarians, not by simply omitting a major component of the meal but by providing a range of stand-alone veggie options, nourishing, tasty and delicious meals in their own right.

    At the Eco Restaurant Clapham several of the most popular pizzas are in fact vegetarian and are enjoyed by veggies and meat eaters alike.

    Which tells you that whether you are herbivore, pescatarian or carnivore you will always find something delicious and exciting to satisfy your appetite.

    Fast Pizza? You’re Having a Laugh

    daryus (72) There is a large and well respected venue in Clapham called The Grand, a place for dancing, listening to good music and having an all round enjoyable time. The visitor can make a party booking or, if particularly flush, can reserve a VIP box.

    Saturday nights are comedy nights, and visitors have been entertained by such prestigious personages as Russell Brand and Michael McIntyre.

    For the peckish there is a special deal, a pizza from a local fast food restaurant followed by entry to the Saturday night show at a special discounted price.

    At the Eco Restaurant Clapham we don’t disparage our competitors. That is not our way. If fast food is your thing then it doesn’t sound like a bad offer.

    But at our restaurant we don’t cook fast food. We cook good food, and serve it as fast as we are able. We are proud of the healthy emphasis of our menu, serving pizza on a light, nutritious base so as to best bring out the delicious taste of our fresh ingredients. Our dough is made from our own unique blend of flours that has been perfected over two decades (the blend that is, not your pizza), and is allowed to ferment naturally for a minimum of eighteen hours.

    Discerning diners prefer to make a night of it. They will reserve a table, have a drink or two and savour the ambience of our popular Clapham pizza restaurant whilst enjoying a good tasting, nourishing meal.

    Then, in no particular hurry, they may move on to the Grand and enjoy an evening of first class entertainment from some of the best up and coming young acts on the national comedy circuit.

    There’s no need to rush when you’re having fun. Make a night of it, enjoy yourself, give yourself an eating experience to remember as well as a good time at the cabaret.

    Because a quick package deal may saving you a couple of pounds, but when all is said and done if it’s not up to scratch then that’s really no joke.

    Play Italian, Eat Italian

    Play Italian, Eat Italian The Italians may be a fun-loving people but there are two things that they do take very seriously indeed, and one of them is sport.

    The is no greater sporting event than the Football World Cup, and the Italian nation has won it on no fewer than four occasions – 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006 – more than any other country apart from the legendary Brazil. Names such as Baggio, Baresi, Maldini, Cannavaro, Totti, Zoff, Rossi and Zola are familiar to anyone anywhere in the world who follows the Beautiful Game.

    But Italian sporting achievement does not begin and end with soccer. Italy is famed for its cycling prowess and has won more World Cycling Championships than any nation other than Belgium. The Giro d’Italia is a world famous event well known to all cycling enthusiasts.

    Italy’s basketball league is one of the very strongest in Europe, and the national team was triumphant in the prestigious Eurobasket competition in both 1983 and 1989. The country holds a similarly respected position in the world of volleyball.

    It was not terribly long ago that the Italian Rugby Union side was regarded as, well, one of the softer touches in the sport, but since joining the Five Nations (thereby transforming it by definition into the Six Nations) the team has learned and grown, and each year that passes sees it present a more potent challenge than the last. In this year’s competition Italy defeated France, once the world champions and still a respected force in world rugby.

    It may come as a surprise to some to learn that the Italian cricket team is ranked 25th in the world. It may only be a matter of time before the men in white are doing battle on the world stage with the likes of India, Australia and the West Indies.

    But the “local” sport beloved on so many Italians of a certain age is bocce, a variant of the French pastime of boules and widely enjoyed by retired men in the parks of the big cities.

    The reader will recall there were two things that Italians were said to take seriously. The other, of course, is food, and wherever in the world Italian people go, and settle, the cuisine travels with them and is received with gratitude by the incumbent population.

    Here in London we are no exception, and we are proud to play host to such wonderful and enticing culinary venues as Eco Restaurant Clapham.

    Eco provides the finest gastric experience imaginable for the connoisseur of Italian cuisine. When it comes to cooking, the people at Eco are mindful of the fact that it really isn’t a game.

    At Eco We Always Deliver

    Have you ever wondered what it might be like to be a pizza delivery boy for one of the takeaway chains?

    The writer is a bit long in the tooth to be contemplating embarking upon a new career, but it does rather come across as one of those occupations that may one day have a “Confessions Of….” film produced in its honour.

    Imagine. The telephone call comes through and someone somewhere feels the calling of a Spicy Hot One with extra mushrooms, a bottle of coke and a portion of garlic bread with mozzarella. The meal is cooked and your job is to get it, as warm as possible, to an address on the other side of town. The moped is primed and ready, the food is safely in the box, and you are ready to go.

    The stresses and strains of negotiating heavy traffic always have the potential to assert themselves, even if the busiest time for pizza deliveries does fall well outside the rush hour.

    Then, when you arrive at your point of call, you need to check the address. Hopefully it is the correct one – misunderstandings often happen over telephone, especially if the customer and the person taking the order speak different languages.

    Hopefully, too, the person who answers the door did actually order the pizza. Mischief makers and people wishing to settle scores are an occupational hazard in the takeaway pizza business.

    On the other hand, the customer could be a beautiful young lady…

    The highly popular Eco Restaurant Clapham though operates according to a slightly different principle. It too organises deliveries, but as a luxurious eat-in premises the focus of this service is on large orders with ample prior notice given. The larger part of its operation caters for visiting customers who will relax and eat an unhurried meal, made from fresh, healthy ingredients on a light, nutritious base.

    At this top Clapham pizza house an extensive range of toppings is available, from the traditional to the original and imaginative, with ingredients and flavours skilfully blended to create an unforgettable taste and then served either on a flat or folded base.

    Without a doubt it is worth getting on your bike for.