Pop-up success prompted jazz musician to set up in Ravenscourt Park
Base Face Pizza opening on King Street. Picture: Instagram
A new pizza restaurant is set to open up in Ravenscourt Park next month with the arrival of Base Face Pizza.
The restaurant will specialise in light, crispy-base pizzas and with a commitment to using British ingredients.
It is being launched by Tim Thornton, a former professional jazz musician, who made pizzas in pop-up restaurants during lockdown for charitable fundraisers and built up a loyal following in the area.
This prompted him to take the plunge and switch to a permanent location at 300 King Street with opening planned on 9 June.
The emphasis will be on the base which will be made with a mix of 00 flour blended with Tritordeum flour, an innovative grain cross bred from Wild Barley and Durum Wheat, with low GI which is promised to be more digestible and sustainable than regular flour. The dough is then proved for an unusually long 48 hours.
Tim is committed to using British ingredients wherever possible too, including La Latteria Burrata (handmade up the road in Acton every morning, made using fresh British milk), Cobble Lane for all charcuterie, Chiswick Chillies jam (and a special edition Chiswick Chillies X Base Face Chilli Oil to celebrate the opening), Cornish Kern and Colston Bassett stilton.
Tim, who sadly lost his income due to Covid, began making pizzas under the watchful eye of his Italian wife, and began delivering them to neighbours and locals. His menu includes the classics of Marinara and Salami to belters such as Peppergine – burnt green pepper crema, roast aubergine, olives, tomato, oregano, basil and olive oil; Truffle shuffle – mushroom and truffle crema, mixed wild mushrooms, mozzarella, parmesan, olive oil and N’duja love me – Cobble Lane N’duja, Stichelton Blue, Parmesan, tomato, maple syrup, oregano and olive oil. And pineapple-on-pizza fans won’t be disappointed when they see Tim’s creation: Cheeky Pineapple – crispy cured pig cheek, roast pineapple & red onion jam, black pepper, mozzarella, parmesan, basil and olive oil.
Tim says, “The last 12 months have decimated my music career, but they’ve given me incredible impetus to create Base Face. It’s one of those classic stories: I could never find a pizza I really loved locally, I had an Ooni in my back garden and a sudden glut of time on my hands, worked hard to create a dough that was lighter than your classic sourdoughs or Neapolitan pizzas, and researched British ingredients till I found ones I was really happy with. Friends and neighbours were the initial customers, the first 2 months I was giving the pizzas away and asking that people donated £5 from each pizza to the NHS Charities, and it’s blown up since then, with pop-up residencies, farmers markets and even supplying pizzas to a whole jazz club at Kansas Smitty’s last year, bringing my food and music lives full circle. It’s amazing what you can do in the face of adversity and I cannot wait to show my customers new and old how lovely my pizzas are. I’m very proud of them!”
Desserts will include crowd-pleasing tiramisu, available in Classic, or with Pistachio and Tim is very excited to be working with Bears ice-cream in Ravenscourt Park, who are currently working on some incredible exclusive flavours in time for the launch.
Base Face Pizza opens on 9 June and will offer a 50% discount off all food (not drinks) for the first week, before opening formally on 16 June.
Opening hours will be Wednesday – Sunday inclusive from 5-10 pm, from 12-10 on Saturdays and from 12-5 on Sundays. The pizzas are also available on Deliveroo or for collection, and booking are encouraged via www.basefacepizza.com.
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May 21, 2021