Jason Allen 01/09/22
The old Forza Win has reopened as the new Forza Win.
It really is a Win-Win situation.
For anyone out of the loop, allow us to throw our information lasso around your brain: Forza Win was a rambunctious Italian restaurant & cocktail spot housed in a stylishly ramshackle old cash & carry warehouse by the Bussey Building which opened after a series of ludicrously successful pop ups, and went on to become one of the best restaurants in Peckham. Then, Covid came along and did its thing.
Now, after two years of hibernation, Forza has triumphantly returned & reopened in a new location, this time in Camberwell.
The new digs are on Church Street in a simple, brick-walled space with handsome arched windows. Inside, it’a all been given a fresh coat of white paint and the walls have been loaded up with many gallons-worth of Italian wine, all sitting above the cappuccino-coloured leather banquettes. In keeping with the food, it’s simple, comforting, and thoroughly nice.
Speaking of, they’re running with the same classic formula that made them so great in the first place: five course Italian feasts, running from anti-pasti, to primi, secondi, controni, and dolci. On the opening menu, you can expect the likes of deep-fried mozzarella toasties with anchovy mayo, or gnocchi with brown crab (antipasti); some scroll-like casarecce pasta with pistachio pesto (primi); a whole seabass decorated with roast datterinis & hazelnuts, or some nourishing aubergine parmigiana(secondi); a plate of richly braised chckepeas with peppers & lemon (contorni); and a luscious salted caramel chocolate pot, or one of their famed ‘Custardos’ (an espresso mixed with custard) for the dolci.
To drink there’s all that aforementioned wine, as well as plum negronis, spritzes, vermouths, and house-made limoncello & amaretto. Yes, they make their own amaretto. And as an added treat, you can get some of that wine, and palate of pasta, for just a tenner in the first hour of service everyday.
Which is also a win-win situation.
NOTE: Forza Win is open now, Monday-Saturday. You can find out more, and book a table at their website right here.
Forza Win | 31 Camberwell Church Street, SE5 8TR
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31 Camberwell Church Street, Camberwell, South London, SE5 8TR
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