Rob, you’re right to not be as blown away as before. Some of Alba’s gloss has worn off over the last year and the last few times we’ve been there it was decidedly ordinary. A real pity - it used to be one of my favourite places for an easy quick meal. It’s not any more.
3 Bedford Road, Clapham, London SW4 7SH
- Clapham North Tube Station (<0.1 km)
- Clapham Common Tube Station (0.7 km)
- Clapham High Street Station (0.2 km)
- Wandsworth Road Station (0.9 km)
- Contact us:
020 7733 3636
16 reviews of Alba Pizzeria in English
I always been tempted by Alba’s outdoor seating, so one sunny day we have decided to try it out. Unfortunately the food was rather bad, especially considering the price paid. My pizza looked sad, boyfriends chicken was plain and boring and my friends pasta was below average. Would not return there again.
No reviews here for a couple of years -- I hope that doesn't mean people aren't going to Alba 'cos they're missing out! The food is fresh and tasty, and the staff are friendly and efficient. Great atmosphere, good value, what more do you want?
Wild boar ragu is amazing -- even better than when I had it in Italy.
I can't recommend this place highly enough. And they do takeaway!
I suppose the only negative (and it's tiny) is that the tables are quite close together.
I first visited Alba pizza quite a few years ago and remember being amazed that people put eggs on pizza. Eggs!...on Pizza! (I know, I was young and naive and unaware of the worlds’ many varied delights).
I remember being impressed by the pizzas that time (even the non-eggy ones) and so I was glad about returning for a second visit. This time round however I wasn’t quite so blown away. Maybe I’m just older and wiser in the ways of pizza these days. Maybe I’m even a little jaded and cynical when it comes to these Italian discs of cheesy, tomatoey goodness, but my experience this time round was “yeah, that was ok”.
I ordered a salami and olives pizza, and I think it’s fair to say the salami won the topping war. There were two olives (or what could have been one olive cut in half) in the middle of my pizza and that was it for the olive count. A little disappointing.
But the pizza was tasty and MASSIVE, so I can’t complain too much, and even with 12 of us at our table they dealt with us very speedily and our waitress was helpful and friendly for the whole evening.
Nothing amazing but definitely worth a visit.
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zzbthi, 13 February 2009:
Alba offers lots of Pizza and Pasta dishes that are alot tastier than Strada and Pizza Express. Also, they do specials that are not that expensive. The last time I went I had the salmon tagitelle, and it was really good. Their garlic bread starter is big, so definately for sharing. If you can not finish your pizza and ask nicely will put it into a take out box for you.
I’m a pizza snob. Really. There are only a few pizza places in this town that I approve of - and a vast majority that I think are absolutely atrocious and are a blight upon our dear city.
Luckily (for the folks of Clapham), Alba gets a thumbs up from me for their decent pizzas. I’d even consider trekking back down there from north of the river just to have a meal here. And I wouldn’t think twice about dining here with my American and Italian friends. Yummy sauce and quality toppings. I recommend the one on their menu with speck.
A more than fitting venue for a Qype community meet up, this compact, friendly restaurant is situated slap bang on the doorstep of Clapham North station, enticing hungry commuters with homemade thin base pizza recipes which give it the well deserved accolade of “Best Pizza in Clapham”. My prosciutto crudo was divine, light and moorish. Offering a wide variety of normal and folded pizzas around the £10 mark, with reasonably priced sides this is great place to chinwag with old pals, reminisce about old times or start a debauched evening of activities down Clapham High Street! Get involved.
Note to self: do not heartily recommend eateries based only on the food that I - a vegan - am able to eat.
Luckily, it turns out that as well as providing sumptuous no-cheese pizzas when asked, Alba do a decent line in meaty ones. They looked a bit weird - one person had squares of one meat dotted with circles of another, almost as though the chef was playing funny face games - but apparently they were tasty enough.
My fellow diners found the menu’s a trifle misleading: one pizza was described as having olives included and when it showed up there was ONE olive, chopped in half and stuck in the centre for decoration. My funghi with sun dried tomato (minus the cheese), meanwhile, was absolutely gorgeous. Me, smug? Never…
I do appreciate a good pizza and this was definitely a good pizza. It was also huge - it’s rare that I can’t finish one on my own, and I was insanely hungry when I sat down. Very filling, very satisfying. Also very well priced considering how much food they gave you. And the staff were very friendly as well, all smiles and very attentive. I do wish I had room for dessert, but unfortunately there was just no way it was happening. Still, I know for next time bring more food home and get someone to share some cake with me.
As someone who’s eaten a lot of pizza (and i mean a lot) I like to think that I know whats hot and whats not, and I can say for sure the pizza here is certainly edging closer to the hot side of the tracks. My calabrese stacked to the nines with pepperoni (in place ofsome of the more healthy ingredients of the pizza, which seemed to have jumped ship before it arrived at my table, which secretly pleased me) and the sheer size of the thing was something to behold. All in all i’d put it 32nd out of 456 pizzas to date.
Just because my current missus (I say 'current' to keep her on her toes) is Roman, I have annoyingly become a self-appointed, un-elected expert on all things Italian. When I had a buddy who was a pro-boxer, that didn't equate to me being able to bash-up all and sundry. I found that one out the hard way and still have the collateral damage.
Anyways, my Daviola (Italian for devil, and there's smart arse comment numero uno. Sorry, make that two!) arrived with what appeared to be a Wicker Man styled attempt to arrange the meat toppings into a Pagan cry for help symbol, but I scoffed it far too quickly to register.
If Qype had half marks, I'd slap three and a half down right now and be done with it. As it doesn't, how about a generous four as good pizza is such a divine creation, it makes it difficult to take agnosticism and atheism seriously.
Great pizza, conveniently located next to the Tube station at Clapham North. In summer you can eat outside and smoke.
Traditional style thin Italian pizza which you tear in to pieces. Good salads and a nice range of wines.
The best pizzeria in Clapham. A lot of people prefer Eco down the road near Clapham Common, but for my money Alba has the best pizzas and the nicest atmosphere. And a cool picture of The Last Supper with jesus throwing a mean pizza base. Really nice outside seating area too.
We go here all the time, mostly when we can’t be bothered to cook or be healthy! Some of the best pizza I’ve had in London. Gets quite busy, but usually quick service and you can be in and out in a short space of time. Great pizza for vegetarians and my favourite is la dolce vita, which has rocket all over it, yum! Loving that this place is just up the road from my house, not loving that it’s also on the way home from the gym!
Good value italian style pizza right next to clapham north tube station. Try the open foccacia as a starter. It’s absolutely delicious. I can’t make up my mind if i prefer San Marco on the High street or this place. Regardless, Alba is definitely worth a visit if you are in Clapham and looking for big portions and decent service.
Best pub nearby? The Royal Oak or The Coach & Horses
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