High Barnet’s budding food court

Written by  Monday, 27 November 2017 10:25
Master pizzaiolo Giovanni Marino and Noah Hirsch in their Citroen van at the rear of the Spires Master pizzaiolo Giovanni Marino and Noah Hirsch in their Citroen van at the rear of the Spires
A van producing and selling authentic Roman pizzas is helping to kick start the development of what is fast becoming a popular food court outside the Stapylton Road entrance to the Spires shopping centre.

Other food vendors are following the example of Fratelli di Teglia – run by master pizzaiolo Giovanni Marino and his partner Noah Hirsch – which already has the support of over 300 regular customers.

Their pizzas are produced from the back of a 1972 refurbished Citroen HY van specially fitted out to include a stone based oven for the trays in which their rectangular-shaped pizzas are cooked.

“We use authentic, high-quality products, including virgin olive oil from Italy and an Italian flour that is not fully refined and is closer to whole wheat,” said Mr Hirsch.

“We also take care to proof the dough for at least 48 hours which makes the pizza light and easy to digest.”

Fratelli di Teglia (brothers of the tray) offer freshly-baked pizzas for sale at the back of the Spires from 12noon to 9.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

The Spires management already credit us with helping drive forward the development of a foot court for Barnet.

“The Spires management already credit us with helping drive forward the development of a foot court for Barnet.

“Our persistence has paid off and the latest to join us – in addition to a baker and cheese stall – is a stall selling Nigerian produce.

“We tried out Barnet a few times and then found we really liked the place. High Barnet has a quaint, village feel about it and we have been really pleased to build up a loyal base of over 300 customers on Fridays and Saturdays.

“We are hoping now that we have shown there is an opening for a food court that the Spires will do more to promote what we offer, and if the stalls market joins us in the bandstand area, it would be really good for trade.”

The two partners both hope to move to Barnet – Noah currently lives in Elstree but would like to move nearer to Barnet, where his mother lives; and Giovanni, currently living in Harringay, is also hoping to make the move as soon as possible.
www.fratelliditeglia.com

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