Friday, March 18, 2011
Food Week: London's most Classic Cafe
Entering Pellicci's can be like walking into the middle of frenzied film set - the Pellicci family seem to be on fast-forward as plates are passed, punters are seated or reshuffled to accommodate yet more punters, the vintage till rattles and clangs, regulars bubble with banter, while orders are collected and barked to an always offstage Mama Pellici clattering outback in the kitchen...
Perhaps this cinematic rush and bustle is why Pellicci's has such a heavy hit rate for celebs. Possibly it's the original deco interiors - Grade 2 listed since 2005. Or of course it could be the top notch nosh - traditional cafe fry ups and a mix of English and Italian classics.
After queing for seating one Saturday lunch time, we placed four individual orders - all plus/minus/swap variations on the Full English - owner Nevio Jr memorised the entire selection, relayed vocally the ad hoc lot to Mama Pellicci and sure as fried eggs are fried eggs, within minutes, the exact servings arrived piping hot with every portion present and correct.
The kids loved it: the fizzing atmosphere and fuss-free but generously proportioned, perfectly turned food. It was clean plates all round and they're itching to get back - luckily working around and about that way I've managed a couple of cheeky revisits since..
An unexpected bonus to our Pellicci's trip was being sat next to Eric 'Monster' Hall, who after our midday breakfast had been polished off, was more than happy to chat about his career working with everyone from Bolan to Tony Bennet and Sinatra to the Sex Pistols...
So before I clear away food week - I'll leave you with a couple of extra helpings of Pellicci Goodness..
Pellici's celebrity album
The meatball queen of Bethnal Green
Big Boss Man - Beat Breakfast