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
La Forchetta is a surprisingly rather good spot for authentic Italian food and tasty thin crust pizzas on Upper Street in Islington. Staff is all Italian. The decor is rather basic---fancy La Forchetta is not. However, if you are in the mood for solid well-priced Italian food in Islington, La Forchetta is worth a visit.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
The Margerita pizza and two scoops of gelato I had here could have come straight from a Venetian restaurant. With one crucial difference: none of the rather dodgy 'cover charges', 'taxes' and 'service' that suddenly bump up your meal to £40 a head. The pizza was thin, with just the right amount of cheese and perfectly cooked in a wood-fired oven. The gelato was creamy and delicious. And it...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
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