Meet South Bank’s newest addition: Mister Paganini | Gourmand and Gourmet

Meet South Bank's newest addition: Mister Paganini

A little pizza Italy has arrived in South Bank! All about fresh, authentic Italian fare and a laidback dining experience to share with friends, Mister Paganini is part traditional pizzeria, part cheeky, moustache loving Italian gentleman, and he’s ready to dish up a good time. This South Bank restaurant might be fond of a good pun, but they’re serious when it comes to pizza and pasta. Serving up classic Italian dishes using local, seasonal ingredients, Mister Paganini is guy you really want to get acquainted with if you’re a carb lover. With a relaxed space that blends sophisticated woodwork and funky green and black checked floors, it’s the perfect spot to sip an Aperol Spritz while you tuck into a wood-fired pizza from their enormous handmade brick oven. With such an oven comes great pizza-bility! mister paganini south bank restaurants On the menu is all the Italian eats you know and love, plus a few you’ll really enjoy meeting, all designed for sharing. Get started with a plate of cured meats, grilled prawns wrapped in pancetta and fried mozzarella sliders before you move on the main event: the wood-fired pizzas and pastas. The cheesy formaggi pizza is almost too good to share but, really, so is everything else so you can probably just give up the serving spoon and pass the plate around the table. You don’t want to miss out on the sand crab spaghetti, after all. mister paganini south bank restaurants 2Of course it wouldn’t be a traditional Italian dining experience without plenty of Italian wine, beer and a cocktail list full of Negronis and Spritzes. Who needs dessert when you can order yourself a Sgroppino, with vodka, prosecco and lemon sorbet! Though when you see the millefoglie, a stack of puff pastry, coffee cream, peach jam and chocolate, on the dessert menu, you may just decide to have both. No judgement from us. The venue isn’t just a dinner and drinks spot though – breakfasts with an Italian twist will soon be on offer from 7am daily. Kick your day off by grabbing yourself a coffee and the appropriately named Da Vinci, because this plate of poached eggs, bacon, Tuscan kale and tomato chutney on toast is a masterpiece. There’s also a range of takeaway eats at the adjoining delicatessen if you need carbs on the run. You’ll find Mister Paganini at 174 Grey Street, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Words by Kate Streader Images by Judit Losh