I was not anticipating Theo’s to be as large or as fancy as it was. The menu is short (always a good sign) and before we ventured there on a very wet Friday afternoon I thought it might have just been a hole in the wall type place. It is not that. Decor wise it’s similar in tone to The Quality Chop House which I also love. White washed walls and dark wooden booths. It feels warm and intimate and classy but understated.
There’s not a huge amount of space for buggies but you can plonk one at the entrance and carry the small fry around to the main dining area. There’s no kids menu but they will do smaller versions of their very excellent Napoli style pizza on request. High chairs they have. Happiness and joy on greeting children they also have.
Max is by no means an angel. He is very much two now. But he is accustomed to eating out and so is relatively well behaved at the table. He’s also going through a phase where he parrots everything I say so when I say thank you, he says THANK YOU THANK YOU. At which point numerous diners turned round and beamed at my well behaved and surprisingly polite offspring. Come with us to the hair dresser and you get a very different Max.
So, what have we got so far, warm, accommodating and more upmarket than I was anticipating. Also very cheap? Franco Manca is definitely more expensive and I think – not as good.
What’s good? I swear on my life you must order the pizza fritta which is like a huge savoury donut stuffed with ricotta and fine ham. You might not have room for anything else afterwards but it is a must. The pizzas are all excellent – as are the sandwiches which are really sort of calzones but nicer. We did not have room for dessert which is disappointing but always and excellent excuse to return.
Kid friendly? Yep.
✓baby change facilities
✓cool with breastfeeding
✗loads of other parents
✓space for buggies