Situated a comfortable two minute walk from Stamford Brook tube station and boasting a large menu to please all, including their famous yeastless pizza bases, the Brickoven Milano is Chiswick's latest Italian restaurant and, as an avid pizza lover, I went along to try a slice.
Upon arriving at the Brickoven myself and my fiancée were greeted by the friendly staff and seated in the lovely modern dining room, just past the restaurant’s bar area and separate children’s crèche. Once seated and greeted by some very tasty freshly baked bread and Prosecco, we enjoyed a lovely bruschetta starter with Parma ham and sweet honey dressing, which was simple yet delicious. Soon after we sampled the Brickoven’s signature dish of a yeastless oval shaped pizza with Parma ham – which is placed on the pizza as they serve it to ensure the ham retains its flavour – which proved to be one of, if not the best, pizza I have ever tasted. The pizza had a delicious crispy base, rich tomato sauce and creamy mozzarella that felt more authentic than the tastes of Italy, itself.
Following on from our unforgettable pizza sample we enjoyed a beautiful palate cleansing pumpkin soup with pumpkin seeds, amaretti crumbs and greek yoghurt, which neither myself or my fiancée could get enough of. As a main we had something I personally wouldn’t place on my list of dishes to sample in an Italian restaurant; steak and mash.
I’m one who indulges in steak on a regular basis but have only had the pleasure of a perfectly rare cut on very few occasions, so began to feel apprehensive about whether the Brickoven could meet my high standards and, thus, put a damper on what had so far been a perfect evening. Thankfully my apprehensions were laid to rest as, upon first bite, I was in culinary heaven; the beef was cooked perfectly rare with its delicious juices sinking into the mash below. Soft, perfectly grilled on top, easy to chew without any excess fat among the meat and full of flavour; This steak is being placed alongside the pizza for one of the best I’ve ever experienced.
Once we had (figuratively) licked the plates clean of the Brickoven’s beautiful steak, we had a dessert of strawberry sorbet with slices of pineapple and edible flowers that proved to be, not only a lovely palate cleanser but, as close to summer in a bowl as you could get on a cold January evening.
With its brilliant service, friendly staff, lovely modern décor, authentic Italian pizza and one of the best steaks I’ve ever enjoyed, the Brickoven Milano is, not just a nice relaxing restaurant to enjoy after a busy day in the city but, a place deserving of the title ‘best Italian restaurant’ ahead of other mainstream competitors. An absolute pleasure.
Written by David Hart