With its loud neon signage, La Forchetta on London’s Upper Street is pretty hard to miss. Yet somehow this little Italian restaurant has the reputation of a hidden gem, its name whispered from person to person alongside tales of to-die-for gelato and crazily authentic pizzas. Inside the glass fronted dining room you’ll find a warm welcome from relaxed, cheerful staff – a rarity on such a busy city street – in a comfortable, unfussy but attractive setting. La Forchetta’s menu is full of those favourite traditional Italian dishes, fish and seafood being a specialty with great pasta also available, but it appears to be those wood fired pizzas that really have guests raving, the crusts as thin and as crisp as any you’ll find in Naples. Desserts, including authentic gelato, are wholly traditional too. Extremely affordable, the prices lower than most in the area, La Forchetta is a real treat at a fraction of the price of more well known and less high quality restaurants.
£25 and under
Not sure how I've passed in front of this restaurant without ever seating there...
Great location, in front of Islington Green. Service is very friendly yet professional and prompt to help. The red wine Montepulciano wine was a bit too warm to my taste, yet it was drinkable...
But forget about the con, let's look at the pros : the calamari starters were deliciously crispy, not oily at all, and...more
I went here to experience some of their Italian style pizza.
And I am so overwhelmed. It's so delicious and worth the money that you pay.
Thecomponents are all fresh, all the staffs and even the owner are all friendly
and alert and they moved quickly. The pizza has more options on toppings and they
served special combinations to choose daily. The place is slightbusy, but it's
all worth it once...more
No-one likes a bully. Least of all me. Least of all when I am eating. But that's what you'll find at La Forcetta.
A relative newcomer to the Upper Street scene, I'd never been in as it just looks like yet another pizzeria, but we decided to give it a try. On walking in, the manager/owner went to seat us, stopped and left us standing in the middle of restaurant to point at and berate one of...more
You sly dog. You grabbed my taste buds and peppered them with glory. La Forchetta, you won.
La Forchetta has the second best calzone I've had in London. The best, unfortunately for La Forchetta, is just down the road at "Made In Italy." HOWEVER, "Made In Italy" is only open for dinner while La Forchetta welcomes you for lunch. And that's a SLAM DUNK (basketball reference).
Ahhhh the calzone...more
I chanced upon La Forchetta on my way back to Angel Tube station from the Linzi's leaving do. Despite it being the wintertime and almost 9.30pm, the gelateria was still open to tempt me with its wares.
I had caught the gelato bug on my visit to Italy with my parents and sister last year. They do take their ice cream seriously and La Forchetta had the usual flavours I had become familiar with...more