On our visit, the service seemed to match the slick surroundings: it was very efficient, especially as we turned up on a busy and noisy Sunday afternoon, but somewhat impersonal. The (?) manager who showed us to our table barely made eye contact, and although our waitress immediately brought complimentary focaccia and olive oil & balsamic and was very professional thereafter, she barely said a word beyond asking for our orders. That's not so bad - to be fair, I would probably be complaining if she'd been over-friendly - but unfortunately that focaccia, light and fluffy and clearly fresh, was probably the best thing we ate.
We then had a pizza each (both £10.95), one with Parma ham, rocket and portabello mushrooms, the other with pepperoni and extra mushrooms. Again, these were disappointing: the bases were dry and pallid (dare I say it, I was slightly reminded of a supermarket pizza) and the tomato sauce lacking in flavour. I felt mine was swamped with rocket, while the Photographer pointed out that the mushrooms were overcooked. Branca doesn't claim to specialise in pizzas alone, but these were at best average for an Italian restaurant. I wasn't necessarily expecting a splendidly authentic offering (such as, well, what I had recently), but we couldn't help thinking that one from Zizzi's would have been more satisfying.
111 Walton Street