That was the starting point.
Gathering around the fire, cooking with it, sharing, feeling whatever relight makes you feel when you see it through the woods.
Making fire the essential element of our kitchen (we naturally offer much more than that) they immediately thought of marrying the pizza – the Napolitan sourdough pizza also called “mother dough”.
From this we can explain Nick & David’s “everything is home-made”- approach, “obsessive” research for primary ecological ingredients and the efforts that they put into finding, negotiating, transporting and, eventually, transforming directly sourced ingredients. Or when we do not find the ingredients of the right quality, we produce them ourselves – for instance did you try our burrata and mozzarella made of local ecological milk? Since September 2016 our pizzas have been made with seawater, which – due to its high mineral content – is an even tastier and healthier way to cook and bake than with the use of normal water and salt.
The style is from Naples- arguably the benchmark for all pizza – a thin base with a puffed-up pillowy edge, blistered from the intense heat of the wood-fired oven.
The centre remains a little soft.
The Neapolitan way of eating a slice into fold or roll it. The dough is based on a leaven of natural yeasts which gives it several benefits; a long proving time develops complexity of flavour, the gluten in the wheat is broken down to make a much more digestible and appetising pizza, and the crust itself has a characteristic sourdough tang and a chewy quality that is very moreish. Later in the day we intensify the heat for cooking Mother’s sourdough pizzas.
The sourdough is a creature, something wild. You don’t own it you think you might but actually it owns you. Think about having a leopard as a pet.
And that is our Mother.
Mother restaurants wine list is unique, kind of a micro-list really, using only a handful of high quality italian producers that we know personally. Importing direct means the quality level is very high with exceptional value because we have no middle man.