La Pergola at The Wheatsheaf
As the King of Cool sang: “When a moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore”. And that’s exactly what we felt when settling down for dinner at La Pergola near Cambridge.
Proprietor Giulio De Simone originates from a small village near Sorrento in southern Italy. La Pergola opened its doors in 2007 and today the restaurant is managed by Giulio’s daughter Rosa and her husband Domenico. Giulio’s son Tony runs the adjoining pub, The Wheatsheaf.
Focusing on their Italian roots and using good-quality ingredients, most dishes are homemade including the bread, pork and fennel sausages, antipasti pickles, and pasta sauces. La Pergola cultivates a nearby allotment which supplies vegetables, herbs and salad to the kitchen from spring to late autumn. Wild mushrooms are picked locally and eggs come from hens that live on the allotment.
The restaurant cooks 300 pizzas in its wood-burning clay pizza oven every weekend. The oven gives the pizzas a distinctive taste, and the dough is prepared freshly every morning. No wonder they’re so popular!
La Pergola is open for lunch from Tuesday to Sunday, 12-2.30pm, while dinner is served from Tuesday to Saturday, 6pm-9pm.
The restaurant has a lovely relaxed, friendly, informal atmosphere, and it’s ideal for families with children and for larger celebrations with friends.
As they say in Italy… “a tavola non si invecchia” – “at the table, one does not age”.
By Philip Seaman, Cambridgeshire editor
Photos: La Pergola