- Created: 09 May 2017 09 May 2017
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Having lived in West Dulwich for the last 3 years, I have become aware that is a bit of a desert when it comes to dining out locally. While other places like Herne Hill seem to have an ever growing choice of eateries and drinkeries, West Dulwich has Cafe Rouge and the god awful pub-come-wedding venue, the Rosendale.
Cellar 107: Ambience
Let’s dive into the Cellar 107 - the ambience boasts lots of wood and not too bright cosiness with friendly staff. The first impression is positive.
Pizza - sourdough pizzas are all the rage with Franca Manca setting the pace some years ago. Now these little independents are popping up with personalised versions with good quality toppings. All this bread means I’m looking for juicier toppings, so with this in mind I ordered the Buffala and cherry tomato pizza. Really delicious. If I was searching for a little saltiness then I might have added anchovy or capers. Not sure if I saw capers on the extras list.
Wines - The house merlot is very pleasant and easy going, offering good value at £4 a glass. However I normally always prefer Montepulciano with my pizza which is also served by the glass at £5. This was okay but didn’t quite hit the spot. At the same price as the Montepulciano, the third and last wine by the glass, Primitivo Ideale from Puglia, in the heel of Italy, proved to be my favourite of the evening. Primitivo is famous for round succulent red cherry fruit, soft but earthy tannin and great body. It has bags of the “one more glass” factor I love with my pizza drinking tinto!!
My better half had the lasagna. Pork and beef mince and very tasty. It was served a little cool but we asked them to warm it up a bit and it proved to be very tasty.
To summarise I would happily suggest to all West Dulwichians that they take themselves to Cellar 107 and bask in the glory of our own decent local pizza joint. If I had one tip for the management it would be that the red wines should be kept slightly cooler than room temperature. The oven nicely heats up the place and the red wine bottles with it. Contrary to many myths, red wine is better served just below room temperature to preserve the true taste and avoid the warm heaviness of alcohol in the mouth.
I’ll be back and hopefully will see you there!
Details: Cellar 107 Wood Oven Pizzeria
020 8670 6228
107 Rosendale Road, London, SE21 8EZ