Tuna Panuozzo at Theo’s, Camberwell

20 Oct


LOCATION: Theo’s Pizzeria, 2 Grove Lane, SE5 8SY [map]


BREAD: Lovely sourdough pizza base.

FILLING: Tuna, mozzarella, chilli, black olives, sliced onion.

PROS: I can’t believe I’m actually writing this, because for years I have upheld the belief that the tuna melt is basically the most disgusting sandwich of all time. I mean, tuna with cheese, FFS. Fish with CHEESE. Fishy cheese. Chishy feeze. Can you think of any other dish where that’s a thing? I can’t. Fish pie, maybe, if you’re the kind of idiot who puts cheese on a fish pie, in which case your opinions aren’t valid anyway. No, it doesn’t work, it shouldn’t be done and yet, here we are.

The reason Theo’s gets away with this, I think, is the quality of the ingredients. They use Ortiz, which, in case you don’t know, is basically really good tinned tuna. Not that grey mushy shite you get from Prince’s that looks like it was scraped out of the tumble dryer lint collector. No students, anywhere, are mixing this with mayonnaise and putting it on their jacket potatoes. So there’s that. Then there is the mozzarella which I know is Bianca la Bufala flown in from Naples because I asked about it when I wrote this review of their pizzas. Again, brilliant. There is sliced onion and chilli to give it some bite and there are shiny black olives. I don’t know anything about the olives except that they’re very good and I’m sad when they’re all gone. They’re glossy and plump and they slip around and out of the sandwich and you pick one up and eat it and feel happy.

It’s just a really classy sandwich, is what I’m saying. Tuna and sodding cheese.

CONS: Head fuck.

SCORE: 9/10

10 Responses to “Tuna Panuozzo at Theo’s, Camberwell”

  1. Alicia (foodycat) October 20, 2016 at 7:08 pm #

    Cheese on a fish pie is wrong – but I do love a tuna melt. Not that I can have tuna anymore since Urchin decided she liked it and started mugging me for a Nicoise.

  2. Patrick October 21, 2016 at 9:06 am #

    £5 seems an absolute bargain, considering the ingredients are not your average

  3. Ben Clayton-Wolfindale January 5, 2017 at 1:22 pm #

    Tin of yer supermarket tuna, mixed with salad cream and chopped onion, heated, on toast. Et voila – yumtastic.

  4. Jas May 16, 2017 at 4:19 pm #

    Where the reviews at Helen?? 😬

  5. cvaedwards June 4, 2017 at 7:25 pm #

    This looks amazing, and I actually like tuna melts (sorry) so this is like one classy step further. Also, Chishy Feeze is my new rap name.

  6. Sara August 20, 2017 at 9:32 pm #

    I have just discovered you blog and I anticipate I will stay up until very late because I HAVE TO read every single post and then regret the sleep deprivation tomorrow.

    Also, I love Theo’s pizzas – might try a panuozzo next time!

    • londonreviewofsandwiches August 21, 2017 at 6:19 am #

      Haha! Thanks Sara! I really should post more here. Panuozzos only available at lunch time, FYI!

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