Known as something of an institution in Clapham after a run of over 20 years, Eco serves up impressive Italian cuisine at very reasonable prices. Although not ground-breaking, it’s perfect for a post-work catch-up pizza if you’re watching the pennies.
Slap bang in the middle of Clapham High Street - wildly popular with the yummy mummies and twenty-somethings fresh out of uni - Eco is an authentic Italian that’s recently undergone a refurbishment. Wooden benches and exposed brickwork give a rustic feel to the place, but the decor also errs on the side of uninspiring.
Eco tends to get pretty busy, especially on Friday nights – perfect for those young professionals who want to line their stomachs with some carbs before hitting up Bison and Bird down the road for drinks to precurse Infernos or Vodka Revs. Eco’s reputation has clearly spread far and wide; even midweek bustles, though this tends to be reflected in the service, which can be quite slow.
Eco’s starters are delectably fresh and Mediterranean – don’t miss the burrata and oven-dried tomato bruschetta with fresh basil, or the chilli king prawn. The dips are also incredible, with the goat’s cheese and red pepper and the chorizo, sausage and tomato coming highly recommended.
The pizzas at Eco are its pièce de résistance; blended flours unique to the restaurant are double fermented and baked in its authentic fire oven. The most popular by far (and for good reason) is the wild mushroom, truffle oil and pecorino, which blends the strong truffle flavour with the milder, salty cheese delectably.
A noteworthy pasta selection is also as delicious as expected – try the smoked salmon and prawn if you’re after something from the sea, or the Vongole if you’re going all out, served with clams, garlic, white wine bisque sauce, tomato and chilli.
Classic Italian desserts are not to be missed either – try the creamy tiramisu or fruity raspberry pana cotta for an authentic taste of the boot.
Eco’s wine list offers predominately (and unsurprisingly) Italian wines from between £14 and £23 a bottle. The reasonably-priced fruity Pinot Grigio Principato is the perfect accompaniment to your stone-baked pizza, the rich Burlesque Zinfadel great to pair with your spicy beef meatball spaghetti, and the Camillona Sauvignon Blanc ideal with any of the delicious fish dishes.
The Last Word
With the most expensive pizza keeping things under the £10 mark, Eco serves classic, mouth-watering, no-fuss Italian food at wallet-friendly prices.