The letter E can make a lot of difference – particularly to somewhere like the North-Eastern French town of Bitche.
But also to South London’s Forza Win, which has added an E to the end of its name for its second edition: a rooftop bar and Italian restaurant in Peckham.
The original was a rambunctious pizza, pasta and 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 most popular restaurants in Peckham (before moving, recently, to Camberwell).
For Forza Wine, they’ve taken over this rooftop right opposite Peckham Rye station, as part of the ever-expanding Bussey Building and Copeland car park complex. Needless to say, the views are beautiful. As is the space itself, which is an uber-modern cube of a restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows and a huge outdoor terrace. With a lift, fortunately.
The menu’s loaded with simple, light, and Italian-leaning dishes finessed by chef Michael Lavery (formerly of Michelin-starred Italian The River Café) and is essentially designed to be drinking food. Hence, you know, the name of the restaurant. Lunch and dinner dishes range from grilled flatbreads with a little sausage & onion ragu; to scorched aubergines dressed with mint, lemon zest, and hazelnuts; to hearty bowls of clams with white verdicchio wine & butter; to some lightly fried cauliflower fritti with aioli.
The drinking element of all this naturally includes a lot of wine, all of which is Italian. There’s tons on offer, and they’re aiming to please all price points & experience levels. Then there are the cocktails – again Italian – which include the likes of frozen negronis; Campari & orange-laced Garibaldis; and a classic sgroppino made with lemon sorbet, vodka, and prosecco.
And if you fancy topping it all off with something sweet, you’ll be pleased to know that Forza Wine also has an ice cream machine putting out creamy soft-serve with salted olive oil caramel and crushed biscotti.
Like the venue… it’s difficult to top.
NOTE: Forza is open Sun-Thurs 12-11.30pm, Fri & Sat 12pm-12.30am. You can book, and find out more, HERE.
Forza Wine | 5th Floor, The Market, 133 Rye Lane, SE15 4ST
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