Still not sure that London has good pizza?
These 10 Pizzerias prove that London has become the leader of Europe’s latest Pizza Renaissance!
Much of the world still doesn’t recognise London as a culinary headquarters – let alone a city for fantastic pizza. However, for those of us who live in London, due to latest boom in the food industry and an ever growing number of restaurant concepts (pizza included), I would go so far to say London is experiencing a sort of Pizza Renaissance!
On one end of the spectrum, we have a large number of Italians living in London that have brought a variety of different regional styles focused on tradition and authentic ingredients.
On the other, we have an increasing number of completely new and innovative pizza styles that include unusual flavour fusions and interesting ingredients.
Until I moved here from Rome 4 years ago, I didn’t think that I’d ever be able to find pizza as good as in Italy. Of course, Italy will always be Italy, but I certainly can’t complain about being in a place that offers me such a great variety of different pizzas.
As a Food Tour Guide with London Food Lovers, I’ve had the luck to experience a wide variety of restaurants in London.
I won’t try to claim that I’ve even come close to sampling all of the pizzas that London has to offer, and I’m still on a constant search for “Roman” style pizza…however I have found some great places and I’m happy to give some recommendations of my favourite spots!!
10 Pizzerias for Food Lovers
44-46 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1UN | Tel: 020 7378 9933
This amazing little restaurants is one of my newest finds – and my god am I happy I found it!!! The name, “O’ver” comes from the Neapolitan dialect for the word “Truth”. And it was probably named that way because of the pureness that I found in their food. Their ingredients transported me to Italy – I literally could have closed my eyes and been eating at a pizzeria in the Campania region.
What really makes them stand apart, however, is the fact that they use the unique ingredient of Pure Sea Water in their pizza dough. Using pure seawater, which is extracted from the purest areas of the Mediterranean is a genius move because it means their dough has less sodium and more minerals making their dishes lighter and more easily digestible. Absolutely top marks from me!!!!
13 Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9DP | Tel: 020 3151 7488
Going to literally the opposite spectrum on the pizza scale, is Homeslice. I think of this pizzeria as being as far from “Italian” as you can get. Not only are the founders not Italian (one is Irish and the other is from New Zealand), but the majority of the ingredients are locally sourced and the topping options are outstandingly unique. From Kimchi to Brisket to Balsamic Truffle reduction, they are not afraid to be different and their thin crusted, large pizzas are delicious. You can get a full pizza (350 grams of one or two types on the same pie) OR you can grab a massive slice to go. My favourite slice is their chestnut mushroom pizza with ricotta, mozzarella, chili flakes, chives, pumpkin seeds and a balsamic/truffle reduction drizzle… YUM!!!
15 Great Newport St, London WC2H 7JE | Tel: 020 7836 6308 | http://www.sartorirestaurant.com
One unique place that we absolutely LOVE going is Sartori. Because of the fact that it’s located near Leicester Square, it is easy to miss and easy to mistake for one of the many tourist traps in that busy area, but within this
little pizzeria lies the heart of naples… in the basement. They have a rare, Michele Strazzuli pizza oven, that produces the most incredible pizzas – just like being in Italy. Being an authentic Italian pizza oven, one special feature of the oven, is that it can make up to ONE METER OF PIZZA! That means you can choose up to 4 different flavours for your pizza – and it is majestically brought out on a massively long wooden pallet for all to enjoy, before you dive in!
- Pizza Pilgrims
11 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 3RP | Tel: 020 7287 8964
I can say that I’ve had the fortune of meeting the Elliot brothers – the founders behind Pizza Pilgrims. And their story is near and dear to my heart, as they decided to put their passion for pizza first and rented a little three-wheeled “Ape” vehicle and travelled all around Italy, learning from the best of the best. They even made friends with a family that gave them a piece of their “pasta madre” (the base of what goes into their dough), which is what they still use to this day to create their delicious pizza bases. Once back to London, they set up their own mobile pizza oven in Berwick Street Market in Soho, before finally setting up their first Pizzeria on Dean Street. Since then, they have opened up in Kingly Court, by Covent Garden and in East London.
17-21 Sternhold Ave, London SW2 4PA | Tel: 020 8678 8496 | http://www.addomme.co.uk
Sadly many London visitors don’t wander off the beaten path enough to make it to Streatham Hill… but if they did, they would not regret it. Especially since Addommè is located there. Originally from the island of Capri, Stefano e Nadia, brought their dream to life with the opening of their Neapolitan Pizzeria & Trattoria in August 2013. This unassuming pizzeria is home to a truly unique dining experience – and it it makes a visit to SW2 absolutely worth it.
- L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele
125 Stoke Newington Church St, Stoke Newington, London N16 0UH
Tel: 020 7687 0009
Anyone who is anyone – who has been to Naples – will know about “Da Michele”. Known as being one of the most famous pizzerias in Naples and dating back to 1870, I couldn’t be more thrilled that they have now opened a small pizzeria in London. If you were a fan of book, “Eat, Love Pray, this was the pizzeria that Julia Roberts enjoyed on her foodie voyage to Naples. They serve only the classic Marinara (just tomato, oregano, garlic and olive oil) or the margherita (with Fioredilatte cheese, tomato oregano and olive oil). As there’s always and enormous queue, I can say, it’s worth the wait!!!
- Franco Manca
Various Locations in London | http://www.francomanca.co.uk
This is probably one of the most famous pizzerias in London – specifically for the Italian community in London, as well many locals.
They have made the concept of “sourdough” pizza crust widespread and well-known around London. Their simple menu features authentic Italian options, as well as offering local “British” toppings to embrace this new found culinary friendship.
Started up by a Neapolitan in a small space in the Brixton market, they have now opened a number of different Franco Mancas around London – and just recently, they opened up the first Franco Manca in Sicily!! Oh the irony – from London to Italy instead of the other way around…
- Sacro Cuore Pizzeria
45 Chamberlayne Road, London, NW10 3NB | Tel: 0208 960 8558
I’ve only recently discovered this great little place. Fantastic tomato sauce, really nice ingredients and lovely Neapolitan crust. They pride themselves on bringing a taste of Naples to London – and they do!! Their ingredients are top quality, the crust is light and the tomato sauce is superb.
- Voodoo Ray’s
95 Kingsland High St, London E8 2PB
| Tel: 020 7249 7865
Whenever I feel like eating a big slice of pizza, I come to Voodoo Ray’s. Their pizzas are enormous so 2 slices is pretty filling! They have a nice selection of different pizzas – even though the Vegan Goddess pizza is my absolute favourite.
10.Yard Sale Pizza
54 Blackstock Road, Finsbury Park, London | Tel: 0207 226 2651
We love unique pizzas and these guys not only have a great story behind their start, but they also make delicious pizza. Having started their entire operation with a little pizza oven in their backyard in Hackney, they entertained their friends and family with weekly supper clubs and eventually opened up Yard Pizza. They have a small, yet very innovative menu. My favourites are the TSB (Tender stem broccoli, manchego, jpine nuts, garlic & olive oil) and the Jack To The Future (Crispy fried jackfruit, fresh chipotle slaw, blue cheese sauce & buffalo sauce – all vegan!)
I hope you enjoy these recommendations and if you ever want to go for the all-out gluttonous pizza experience, I recommend doing a Pizza Tour! That way you can go from one great venue to another – it’s a great outing with friends or family. For more info, feel free to contact London Food Lovers.