One of London’s original and best Neapolitan pizzerias, Santa Maria, will open its fourth site early next year, just moments from its first restaurant in the west London borough of Ealing.
Owners Angelo Ambrosio and Pasquale Chionchio took to Instagram live this lunchtime to announce that they would open on the former site of Persian restaurant Faanoos at 11 Bond Street, a “couple of” long “minutes” walk from the site the duo opened on St Mary’s Rd a decade ago.
Chionchio described it as a “better and bigger location” that they were opening “bit of necessity.” He added: “we finally did it,” in a nod to the limited space and high demand seen over the years at the St Mary’s branch.
The duo were also keen to stress that they were no longer involved in providing pizzas for the Red Lion pub, next door to the existing Ealing restaurant. Direct any complaints to the pub, Ambrosio and Chionchio urged their followers.
Both said they were aiming for the new restaurant to be ready by February and that they would provide daily updates.
As well as in Ealing, Santa Maria has sites on the King’s Road in Chelsea and on New Cavendish Street in Fitzrovia. Since the summer, it also operated out of the Duke Of London pub and super car hub in Brentford.
All locations have been open for takeaway and delivery throughout the pandemic. The Bond Street location will be the brand’s first new restaurant since it opened in Fitzrovia in early 2018.