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La Porchetta on Chalk Farm Road Camden, offers a wide range of Italian favourites including tasty pizzas with a host of creative toppings.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
MON

17:00 - 23:00

TUE

17:00 - 23:00

WED

17:00 - 23:00

THU

17:00 - 23:00

FRI

17:00 - 00:00

SAT

12:00 - 00:00

SUN

12:00 - 22:00

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La Porchetta reviews



By Ila G.

Bad food ,horrible service . Will never go back I would like to know the chef who come out with "bruschetta di montagna" e put peppers on it. That is why on Friday night was not body in the Resturant. With some lack will shut soon. Disgrace for Italian food.


By Hnid Y.

After a recent trip to London, I wanted to avoid the Italian restaurant chains and I caught up with friends at La Porchetta Camden. We were seated near the open pizzeria and I decided to go for the Deliziosa pizza with goats cheese and red peppers which was huge, fresh and really amazing. I will definitely be back when I return to the UK.


By Tim S.

Love this place have been coming here for years. we here for a family dinner every one love it :)))) Amazing pizza, can't fault it, really special place. The sort of place you go to with a group of friends, not an intimate romantic dinner! Brilliant


By Laura R.

In Italian ‘La Porchetta’ means suckling pork, and there is ample opportunity to pig out at this Camden pizzeria, where Italian dishes are both large and affordable.

The Venue
With The Roundhouse over the road, La Porchetta acts as the ideal pre-gig pitstop, rather than attempting to live up to the lavishness of other Chalk Farm and Primrose Hill venues. In keeping with this, exposed metallic pipes and vents on the ceiling exude an industrial, grunge effect, whilst pop art pig prints cover the walls, adding a splash of vibrancy to an otherwise earthy colour code. The dining floor extends to a raised and secluded area, cordoned off by walls and a glass partition. This section overlooks an open kitchen on the restaurant floor, a small area where a chef is heard noisily toying with pizza dough.

The Atmosphere
Sing-a-long rock classics further emphasise the relaxed and youthful atmosphere soaked up by the pre-gig diners, couples and young families who flock here. La Porchetta even attracts some Italian revellers looking for their pizza fix. And Italian waiting staff happily chat with them in their native tongue, as well as giving menu recommendations to the more indecisive diners. All this combines for a fun and laid-back experience, which is truly the Italian way.

The Food
Primarily a pizzeria, La Porchetta is all about hearty pizza and pasta dishes, to the extent that those craving other Italian options may be best off looking elsewhere. There are some good garlic bread and focaccia options on the antipasti menu, yet actual starting dishes are lacklustre. Antipasto misto (£6.95) offers a good spread of cured Italian meats ideal for sharing, dished up with marinated olives. It’s a very simple dish that might disappoint those looking for extravagance. Disappointingly, bruschetta di montagne (£5.95) is even more basic – a few strips of roasted pepper balanced on top of a tiny mound of goat's cheese, all served up on dry, toasted bread that desperately needs a spread of pesto or olive oil.

Luckily, main courses options are far more appealing. Pizzas are gigantic – certainly big enough to share – which means that starters can easily be avoided altogether. There are over thirty pizza toppings on the menu, all featuring fresh and traditional Italian ingredients. Bufala pizza (£10.95) is mounted with rocket, Parma ham, chunks of fresh mozzarella and cherry tomatoes, all making for a traditional and tasty flavour combination. Pasta at La Porchetta is just as filling and flavoursome, with many authentic dishes to please Italian cuisine connoisseurs, such as rigatoni puttanesca (£8.25), spaghetti Bolognese (£7.95) and tortelloni ricotta e spinaci (£8.95). But for something a little more original, try linguine mare e monti (£10.95), with light pasta, peeled tiger prawns and chorizo bathed in a rich white wine and tomato sauce.

There are a few more authentic selections for dessert, like tiramisu (£3.95), sorbetto al limone (£3.95) and affogato (£3.95), which champions in-house Lavazza espresso poured over its simple vanilla ice cream. However, profiteroles (£3.95) are a bit less conventional, the cream-filled pastry buns coated in a peculiar, chilled chocolate mousse that isn’t particularly refined.

The Drink
Wines come from around the world, bucking the Italian trend. The Pico Alto Chilean sauvingnon blanc (£14.95) is crisp and refreshing, perfect for cutting through some of the heavier dishes on the menu. Wines range from £14.50 up to £29.95 for a bottle, making the drinks as reasonably priced as the food. Refreshingly, Moretti lager is available on tap for £4.50 a pint and other beers come by the bottle, like Peroni, Corona and Erdinger Weissbeer. After-dinner liqueurs, or indeed, pre-gig spirits include vodka, gin, rum and whiskey, and range from £2.95 to £3.95 a measure. Italian specialities are also available to add a bit of kick to proceedings, including limoncello (£2.95), grappa (£3.10) and amaretto Disaronno (£2.95).

The Last Word
The menu of huge and appetising main course dishes is very reasonably priced. Unfortunately, antipasti and dolci menus fail to live up to such high standards, but laid-back, pre-gig diners will probably not be too affected by this shortcoming, and will likely be more wowed by La Porchetta’s rustic and youthful atmosphere and approach.


By Alexander N.

This is a great place, with great pizzas. The staff are always so friendly and it’s the perfect place to go to before a night out in Camden.


By Alexander N.

This is a great place, with great pizzas. The staff are always so friendly and it’s the perfect place to go to before a night out in Camden.


By John S.

I went to La Pochetta with a friend on Friday evening and I had one of the worst experiences of my life, restaurants wise! The very rude, incompetent manager (who did not even know, when asked, whether they served gluten free pasta in his own restaurant!) of the restaurant accidently dropped the pos machine on our table, which after breaking my wine glass, bounced onto my main course plate splashing tomato sauce all over the place, including my clothes. He apologised to us and we accepted his apologies, however, when we asked for the bill, he had the cheek to charge us for the wine that was never replaced and even included the service charge! Can you believe he only offered to take two coffees off the bill as a sign of politeness? As a consequence we complained and he started being rude and the emphasised that the two coffees that he had offered to us were enough to make it up for what happened! I had never experienced anything like that before in London. This is the most unprofessional manager I have come across in a restaurant in the uk. Furthermore, he treats the staff of the restaurant like slaves. He shouts at them, and tell them off in front of customers. I found this very humiliating for the staff and I felt very uncomfortable as a customer. My friends and I have decided to boycott the restaurant and will never go there again as long as the said manager will be running the place.


By D D.

Went to La Porchetta for dinner last week and it was such a great experience! The atmosphere is really nice and homey and the menu has a fantastic selection. The starters especially had my mouth watering. I finally managed to decide on the fried mozza and the pizza bread, both of which came out quickly, were fresh and delicious! For my main I decided on the meatballs, because I'd heard good things about them, and I was not at all disappointed. They were big and flavourful and came with a good portion of pasta in a yummy sauce. I was so stuffed at this point, but still could not resist sampling a dessert so I ended up with the banoffee pie. Best decision of the night!! Sooo good, I've never had such a home-made tasting banoffee pie before. I cleaned my plate lol. The service was good, prices are excellent and it's in a great location! Really have nothing negative to say. I'd definitely recommend stopping in there for nibbles, dinner or dessert. They've some nice specialty coffees on the menu too!


By D D.

Went to La Porchetta for dinner last week and it was such a great experience! The atmosphere is really nice and homey and the menu has a fantastic selection. The starters especially had my mouth watering. I finally managed to decide on the fried mozza and the pizza bread, both of which came out quickly, were fresh and delicious! For my main I decided on the meatballs, because I'd heard good things about them, and I was not at all disappointed. They were big and flavourful and came with a good portion of pasta in a yummy sauce. I was so stuffed at this point, but still could not resist sampling a dessert so I ended up with the banoffee pie. Best decision of the night!! Sooo good, I've never had such a home-made tasting banoffee pie before. I cleaned my plate lol. The service was good, prices are excellent and it's in a great location! Really have nothing negative to say. I'd definitely recommend stopping in there for nibbles, dinner or dessert. They've some nice specialty coffees on the menu too!


By John E.

Don't know if we just got a bad night but we were very unimpressed. Had pizza and chicken caesar salad (salad at £9.50!). Pizza was just ok, slightly undercooked but ok. Salad was awful - tired lettuce, small bits of dubious looking chicken, too much cheese and drenched in dressing. We left most of the salad but plates were cleared without even being asked if the meal was ok. Service pre-added to the bill as well. General sense of the staff being pleasant enough but not really too bothered about the end result. Wouldn't return - lots of other good similar options very nearby.


By Hanan Q.

Met a friend here for Dinner, upon arriving I was the first customer to be seated but literally within minutes the place was filling out and customers consistently walking through the door. Very prompt friendly service, very polite and helpful, spent ages looking over the menu as everything looked so good and I could not decide what to order! Ordered the Ravioli with Spinach, a Mediterranean Salad and a Tiramisu, all was absolutely delicious. The smell of the fresh bread and pizzas coming from the Kitchen were very tempting. Good size portions, excellent food, excellent service, great prices...definitely a place i will be going to more often and highly recommend anyone to experience the food here!


By Jane H.

La Porchetta gives the best value for money I have had in long time. The pizzas feel like 2 for 1 in just one! - They are huge, fresh and great value - mentioning no names - the bigger chains have someone to learn from!! The staff seemed a little preoccupied at times - but the service was friendly and efficient which is more than can be said for other restaurants!


By Anonymous

Great pizza just like in Naples!

The only problem i had was waiting for a free table as it was very busy, but otherwise a great experience!

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