North London Food & Culture

Peckham’s acclaimed 081 Pizzeria lands at Colonel Fawcett

Tuck into a cutting-edge new pizza and Italian tapas offer at the ace backstreet NW1 boozer

Did you know the Colonel Fawcett has been going 11 years now under the same owners? That’s pretty impressive when pubs all around change hands or close with alarming regularity. And it still rules the little corner of NW1 that nuzzles Kentish Town’s southern tip.

Here’s what’s new: from this weekend one of London’s hippest pizza pop-ups is taking over the kitchen. After a super successful run back in the summer, Peckham’s 081 Pizzeria are back in an ongoing residency on Randolph Street.

Colonel Fawcett
One of the area’s classic food pubs. Photo: James Allan

Founded by Andrea Asciuti, an Italian pizza connoisseur and chef with a fiery passion for pizza – and one of the guys behind Streatham’s acclaimed Bravi Ragazzi restaurant – 081 Pizzeria is an ‘authentic Neapolitan pizzeria with an urban twist’.



They opened their first outlet in Peckham Levels last year amidst the pandemic – and were an immediate smash, with a second location in Fitzrovia’s Smugglers Tavern (also owned by the Fawcett) this year. “We’re on a mission to challenge the perception of typical Italian pizzerias in London with 081 Pizzeria’s bold, funky and youthful approach,” he says.

081 Pizzeria
081 Pizzeria’s Andrea Asciuti. Photo: PR

So what’s on the menu? Well, punters can tuck into a selection of hand-crafted Neapolitan pizzas and Napoli-inspired tapas dishes.

As well as classics like a Margherita, Diavola and Calzone, expect imaginative signatures such as the Maradona, with smoked mozzarella, wild broccoli and Italian sausage; the Truffle Mushrooms, with truffle cream base, smoked mozzarella, parmesan, mushrooms and truffle oil; or the Pistachiosa, with a pistacho pesto base, mortadella ham, fior di layte, burrata and pistachio sprinkles. Yum.

Photo: Nic Crilly Hargrave

There’s also a whole tapas menu, should you fancy an Italian twist on the Spanish bar staple: highlights here include gooey croquettes, frittatina (deep fried Italian mac & cheese) and aubergine balls.  We might need a lie-down after all this.

Better still? As an introductory deal they are offering 50% off all food for the next two Sundays, 20th & 27th November. Oh my.

Colonel Fawcett
Elegant: the dining room. Photo: James Allan

And with Christmas on its way, don’t forget you can also celebrate the festive season with anything from a small group to up to 300 people at The Colonel – and a refreshingly turkey-free festive menu: yep, 081 Pizzeria have put together a unique Neapolitan menu for £22.95 a person. Saluti.

For more on the new 081 Pizzeria menu, the 50% off offer, as well as Christmas bookings and festive menu, head to the pub’s website here. The Colonel Fawcett is at 1 Randolph Street NW1, follow @thecolonelfawcett and @081pizzerialdn for more.

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