Contemporary Neapolitan pizza concept to open in South London, offering a new wave of Italian tapas

08 April 2021

A founding member of Streatham’s most popular pizza restaurant Bravi Ragazzi, has used the Covid-19 pandemic as a catalyst to launch his own solo pizza business with 081 Pizzeria, a new age generation of Italian cuisine including innovative Napoli-style tapas dishes.

081 Pizzeria’s carefully hand-picked pizzas boast a light dough with an airy, soft and perfect pillowy crust, finished off with a range of classic toppings, as well as some unusual combinations. The menu features up to 10 pizzas, each made with delicious fresh ingredients imported straight from Italy, such as the Classic Margherita, Truffle Mushrooms, Diavola and Maradona, as well as its signature ‘081 Pizza’ (San Marzano Tomato, Buffalo Mozzarella, Parmesan, Basil and EVO Oil) and the ‘Napoli RMX’ (San Marzano Tomato), Burrata Cheese, Anchovies, Olives and Capers). Each pizza is 12” and prices start from £7.50 per pizza and £3.50 for tapas dishes. For dine-in customers, the pizzas will be served on a fibre disposable 12.5” plates which are recyclable, eco-friendly and designed in Italy, reinforcing 081 Pizzeria’s commitment to authenticity and sustainability.

The brand’s look and feel are a very important part of the pizza culture at 081 Pizzeria. Andrea worked with BadEgg Clothing to create a bold, youthful and funky visual design, influenced by urban culture and hip-hop music. Andrea wanted to use this loud aesthetic to reimagine the legendary pizza culture of Naples with an urban twist in London.

081 Pizzeria’s motto is ‘Pizza Is a Serious Thing’ - encapsulating the intricacy, technique, knowledge, and mastery required to make a great Neapolitan pizza. Founder Andrea Ascuiti spent years learning the art of pizza and will be using the leading and only AVNP-approved (Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana) electric pizza oven to ensure the best quality pizzas are served. His unique cooking process will involve the dough slowly and naturally fermented for at least 36 hours before using the Neapolitan technique of ‘the slap’*, then cooked in the electric oven at 450° for 90 seconds.

Founder of 081 Pizzeria Andrea Ascuiti comments on the launch of 081 Pizzeria: “It’s such an exciting time to open a pizza restaurant despite the challenges posed by the lockdown - pizza has never been so loved in the UK as it is today! With 081 Pizzeria, I’m on a mission to change the perception of the typical Italian pizzerias by reimagining the legendary pizza culture of Naples and bringing it to the capital. Nowadays, people are increasingly looking for authentic, quality ingredients and flavours with a growing intrigue of where their food comes from; so at 081 Pizzeria, we are giving people the opportunity to discover a new age of pizzas and Italian cuisine whilst committing to authenticity and only the best quality.”

Under Covid-19 restrictions, Peckham Levels is currently closed to members of the public, but from Saturday 1st May, 081 Pizzeria will be available for delivery via Deliveroo, UberEats and Just Eat and collection via the website.

From 20th May, 081 Pizzeria will be open for dine-in customers and running a full table service. Customers will be able to pre-book a table via the Peckham Levels website. 081 Pizzeria’s opening hours will be Monday to Sunday between 12pm -11pm.

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