Is there anything more comforting than indulging in a slice o’pizza in your cosies in front of the telly? With London’s brimming food scene, you could literally do this every single day for a year and still not have made your way around every pizzeria in the city. With pizza on our mind, and in honour of National Pizza Day this Sunday 9th, we’ve clubbed together our top ten favourite pizzerias. Have a slice day…
Pizza Pilgrims is at the top of its game, smashing out effortlessly, indulgent worthy pizzas at their 12 pizzerias across the city. Opt for their spicy Nduja straight from Calabria with a rich tomato sauce, fior di latte, Parmesan, basil and lashings of olive oil, or play it simple with their rich marinara (a personal favourite of mine).
And, get a pizza of this! Pizza Pilgrims has just opened a brand new immersive restaurant in Victoria, inspired completely by James and Thom Elliot’s travels of Italy. Expect a Naples-style piazza with an Amalfi lemon grove room, corridor of parmesan and Tuscan wine cellar.
As well as boasting chic industrial interiors, Lardo is renowned for its authentic home-style Italian food. For a really out there meal, get your hands on the potato, smoked anchovy, mozzarella and rosemary pizza that comes on the infamous white base. And, if for some reason you’re dining with someone who can’t stand pizza, there’s a whole host of other delicious dishes to get your chops around.
Fancy a whopper of a meal? Homeslice’s 20 inchers will see you through the day (or week…) Having begun life in 2011 as a hand-built mobile wood-fired oven, Homeslice has since expanded into a pizza world of its own. They don’t just deliver on big slices, they deliver on big flavours too. Pizzas are recommended to feed 2-3 hungry munchers, and while we know you can’t always decide on the toppings, you can opt for a 50/50 spilt too so everyone’s a pizza winner!
It’s easy to admit Bocconcino is our favourite Italian resto to grace London thanks to its healthy serving of contemporary and classic Italian dishes. From perfecting the finest fresh pasta to slices a’plenty of pizza to go around, Bocconcino surely serves a steady amount of foodie options. On the toppings front, we’re in love with the pizza Valtellina, a combination of fresh tomato sauce, stringy mozzarella, bresaola, rucola and delicate parmesan shavings.
Forget pizzas, we’re all about the pizette.
Terra Terra has executed yet another outstanding dish of their authentic Italian menu and it’s in the form of everyone’s favourite dough. Terra Terra’s pizettes are remarkably thin and slathered in a plethora of toppings. Play it simple with a classic buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomato and basil, or go wild with their wild mushroom, taleggio and thyme offering. Paired alongside a traditional Italian cocktail and you’re onto a winning combination.
There’s a new pizzeria on the block and it’s nuzzled on east London’s vibrant Brick Lane. Cobbled together from the team behind Made of Dough, Roma’s values define what a pizza should exactly be. Simple, fast and affordable.
In honour of National Pizza Day, Roma is partnering up with The Original Black Garlic to create a pizza of dreams. Think roasted aubergine, organic tomato, black garlic, sweet piquillo peppers, mixed chillies and yoghurt, with some extra black garlic mayo for the all important crust dipping. Yum.
Banishing rules that to have a pizza it’s got to be slathered with rich mozzarella and meat is Purezza. These plant-based pioneers set out on a mission in 2015 by opening up the UK’s first vegan pizzeria and have since risen grown from strength to strength. Munch your way through their classic Margherita or their indulgent truffle number, guilt free!
As the name suggests, Crazy Pizza is a little outta the ordinary. Bringing the heart and spirit of Italy to London, you can expect to be munching your way through light, thin crusts and powerful flavour toppings. If you’re looking to go all out, we’d recommend getting your hands on the tartufo. Think lashings of black truffles, rich mozzarella and you’re on the right track.
‘O ver, meaning truth in the Neapolitan dialect, hopes to encompass this message in their representation of traditional Neapolitan street food. Now with venues in both Borough and St. James’s, the pizzeria is one of London’s finest spots for bona fide Neapolitan cooking, namely because it uses one unique natural ingredient: pure sea water. The water is combined in their pizza dough with artisan ingredients from independent Italian producers and finished with a big ol’ drizzle of extra virgin olive oil from, you guessed it, Italy – Sicily to be exact.
When you’ve got the seal of approval from none other than Julia freckin’ Roberts, you know you’re on a real golden winner. You might recognise this little family-run number from Eat, Pray, Love but they’ve flown the Italian nest and opened up a restaurant in Marylebone. So, it only seems fitting that you channel your inner Julia Roberts and indulge on devilish Margharita.