One of the things I missed most about living in Clapton, Hackney, was the brilliant sourdough pizza place that was a five minute walk away. But thankfully my prayers have been answered as Sodo pizza has opened up a branch in my neighbourhood, Walthamstow. And it’s bigger and better than the Clapton cafe.
I went in a few Friday evenings ago. The place was a little hard to find as it’s down a discreet side street and they’re yet to get proper signage at the front. But my empty stomach helped me find my way there and when I arrived, the place was buzzing; trendy couples and groups were waiting to be seated, and after a very short wait we were shown to our table.
The restaurant is based in an old warehouse building, with exposed brick walls and industrial-style wooden tables with red leather seat covers. You can see the chefs cooking away as you enter, the staff are friendly and unpretentious and the atmosphere is great.
The E17 branch has only been open since January, and they’d yet to get their drinks menus printed when I went, so we had to order from the waiter without knowing the price. This reminded me of central London pizza place, Homeslice’s service model, which I dislike. However I think this is only a temporary measure for Sodo while they get properly up and running. So I’ll let them off. They serve loads of local beers including Beavertown Brewery in Tottenham and Redchurch in Hackney.
The menu is the same as Clapton.We ordered burrata and garlic sourdough to start. The burrata was just as delicious as ever; a huge silky slab of buffalo mozzarella stuffed with cream and served with fresh basil. The garlic bread was a little on the dry side, but was a good accompaniment to the burrata. We didn’t really need starters, as the pizzas are more than enough on their own.
Unfortunately I had no room left for dessert. But if I did, I would have gone in for their tiramisu; it’s completely yummy.
Overall, the waiting staff were attentive and friendly, the food was decent and the prices are affordable. If you’re in or around Walthamstow, I highly recommend making your way to Sodo. For quality, price and atmosphere, it knocks the socks off Pizza Express round the corner. I’m already planning what I’m going to have on my next visit.
Check them out for yourself.