Review: Eco, Clapham – a true homage to genuine sourdough pizza

Nestled within the charming streets of Clapham, Eco Ristorante is an oasis of authentic Italian dining, where sustainable practices and a dedication to culinary excellence converge. Founded by Sam Wasif, an Egyptian visionary in the gastronomic world and a pioneer in bringing genuine sourdough pizza to the UK, this family-run establishment is a testament to the rich tapestry of Italian flavours and traditions.

The ambiance at Eco Ristorante is a harmonious blend of rustic charm and contemporary elegance. The warm, inviting decor paired with ambient lighting, create an intimate setting that invites guests to embark on a culinary journey through the diverse regions of Italy. As a family-run business, there’s a palpable sense of warmth and familial pride that permeates the air, making patrons feel like honored guests in the Wasif home.

Sam Wasif

Our gastronomic exploration at Eco Ristorante commenced with the Burrata, a dish that exemplifies the simplicity and authenticity of Italian cuisine. The velvety Burrata, sourced locally, is accompanied by plump cherry tomatoes, aromatic fresh thyme, a drizzle of pesto, and a generous pour of extra virgin olive oil. Each element contributes to a symphony of flavors that dance on the palate, a true celebration of the freshest ingredients and culinary finesse.

The Aubergine Parmigiana, a vegetarian delight, reflects the kitchen’s commitment to transforming humble ingredients into a culinary masterpiece. Layers of thinly sliced aubergines are intricately woven with a rich tomato sauce, mozzarella, and Parmesan, resulting in a dish that is both comforting and indulgent. The depth of flavors in every bite speaks to the chef’s dedication to using quality produce and time-honored techniques.

The Napoletana Pizza, a cornerstone of Eco Ristorante’s menu, pays homage to Sam Wasif’s groundbreaking introduction of authentic sourdough pizza to the UK. Topped with anchovies, capers, olives, and oregano, the pizza is a celebration of Mediterranean flavors. The crispy, yet airy sourdough crust serves as the perfect canvas for the vibrant toppings, creating a pizza that transcends mere sustenance, embodying the artistry of traditional Italian pizza-making.

As a family-run establishment, Eco Ristorante prides itself on preserving the rich traditions of Italian cuisine. The Lasagne, a timeless comfort dish, epitomizes this dedication. Meticulously crafted layers of handmade pasta sheets embrace a luscious ragù, béchamel sauce, and a generous dusting of Parmesan. The result is a lasagne that envelops diners in the warm embrace of Italy’s culinary heritage.

Beyond the culinary delights, Eco Ristorante distinguishes itself through an unwavering commitment to sustainability. The restaurant actively sources its ingredients from local farmers and producers, ensuring a minimal carbon footprint. The use of seasonal, organic produce not only enhances the flavors of each dish but also reflects the restaurant’s dedication to responsible dining.

In conclusion, Eco Ristorante in Clapham is a gastronomic sanctuary that transcends expectations. The commitment to sustainability, paired with the authenticity of its dishes, positions it as a dining destination that not only satiates the palate but also provides a soulful nourishment. Sam Wasif’s visionary introduction of authentic sourdough pizza to the UK, coupled with the familial warmth of a family-run establishment, renders Eco Ristorante a must-visit for those seeking an Italian dining experience that goes beyond the ordinary. In a realm where luxury meets consciousness, Eco Ristorante stands as a shining example of how tradition and sustainability can coexist seamlessly.

Mitra Msaad

Editor in Chief