Where shall we eat in Chelsea?
Saturday 29 May 1999
This is the one problem with a sunny Sunday: all the beleagured wives of stressed executives drag them out for a casual meal in the hope that it will calm them down. They then spend their two hours' relaxation complaining in a loud voice and getting themselves even more worked up. La Pizzeria in the Chelsea Farmers' Market is the sort of place that should relax anyone. Its generous patio benefits from the afternoon sun, and watching waiters rushing about is one way of making you really appreciate your leisure time.
Now that the weather is closer to predictable, we value places with al fresco tables highly, and this really is one of the best. They also have one of London's better locations, at least for women: just off the King's Road (shopping), in the centre of a the farmer's Market (shopping) and next to the blissful Chelsea Gardener (serious shopping). Our pizzas were bang-on: super-thin, with that really stringy mozzarella that drops onto your chin and winds around the fingers, accompanied by a creditable spinach and bacon salad with a surprise balsamic dressing.
And then we sat back, patted out tummies, looked at the sun and giggled as the voice droned on next door: "I just don't understand," he said, "Why we have to sit in the sun. Look! Those people have some shade. Why can't we be in the shade..."
The bill came to pounds 12 each. La Pizzeria, Chelsea Farmer's Market, corner King's Rd and Sydney St, SW3
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