Here is some news to brighten up your Monday, this Thursday (9th February) is National Pizza Day! So, to get you ready for what surely will be the best day of the week, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favourite pizza places in London, which you need to visit. Add them to your London bucket list and make sure you visit at least one this week!
The World’s Best Pizzeria
The Neapolitan pizzeria made world-famous by that scene with Julia Roberts in ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ is now open in Stoke Newington. Things here are super simple… how pizza should be; top quality ingredients made the traditional way. Think authentic Margherita and Marinara flavours, with two rotating specials – the family have been making pizza since 1870 so know a thing or two. Wines and beers are classically Italian too.
Where: 125 Stoke Newington Church Street, Stoke Newington, N16 0UH
Light Yet Chewy Dough
We reviewed 400 Rabbits back in the summer and have loved it ever since. Fuss-free sourdough pizza and clean cut interiors make it a favourite. The restaurant has a neighbourhood feel and as well as 48-hour fermented pizza dough and toppings from artisan producers like Borough Market’s Cannon & Cannon and San Marzano D.O.P. tomatoes, Gelupo gelato and wine served in tumblers keep us coming back.
Where: Nunhead and Crystal Palace
You’ll certainly don a happy face after visiting this vibrant pizzeria, located in King’s Cross. The Neapolitan joint – quite aptly named Happy Face – provides you with all the retro vibes you need which can be enjoyed alongside a tempting menu of Its;ian classics made using a 72-hoour dough ferment. The large space sees itself not as a chain but instead a void between that and some of the crazily high-priced pizza joints in the city. Further reasons to visit if the dough has tempted you to go, include a millennial pink exterior to grab a photo infront o, and a swanky vermouth-led cocktail bar named SUPERMAX beneath the pizzeria which excludes 1970s glamour.
Where: 14 Handyside Street, Kings Cross, N1C 4DN
Sourdough in Stokey
Stoke Newington is fast becoming a pizza hub and Apollo is one of the main reasons why. Inside you’ll find rustic wooden tables, brick walls and proper pizzas, born out of frustration at the lack of a decent simple pizza. Apollo supports local too – it serves 5 Points Craft Beer from Hackney Downs and Nonna’s Gelato made in Highbury with the rest of the ingredients imported straight from Italy.
Where: 160 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 7JL
London Pizza Champions
Think Brixton, think pizza then you’ll think of Made of Dough. Set up in 2014 and sold from the back of a Land Rover – think of it as a travelling pizzeria – the guys now sell their 60-hour fermented pizzas from Pop Brixton 7 days a week. A concise menu of the classics (margherita, chorizo, truffle, serrano, sobrasada and anchovy) is accompanied by basil aioli and scotch bonnet romesco, with Peronism San Pellegrino and Coke and ingredients can be traced to the foothills of Vesuvius and a farm in Andalusia. Served on a brown paper bag and roughly sliced, this stuff is good. Come June this year they’ll be opening their first permanent site in Peckham too – it’s set to have 50 covers and a cocktail bar!
Where: Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, Brixton SW9 8PQ
Cheap as Chips Pizza
Over in Streatham, the locals are enjoying sourdough pizzas for just £4. Left to rise for 48-hours then cooked in a Neapolitan wood oven, the pizzas at Azzurri are kept simple with antipasti, garlic bread and salads available on the side. The two Streatham sites are consistently packed – it’s unfussy neighbourhood eating at silly prices.
Where: Streatham Hill and Streatham Vale
If you like your pizzas big (and let’s be honest who doesn’t?) then you need to get yourself over to Homeslice where they serve up 20″ pizzas. It started life in 2011 with a mobile wood-fired oven hand built by Ry Jessup and now you can find them in Covent Garden, Shoreditch and Fitzrovia. They don’t just do the usual toppings either, instead you’ll find wild venison with kale, onions and dukkah and chorizo, corn and coriander. Go hungry.
Where: Neal's Yard, Fitzrovia and Shoreditch
Until last year you could only get Santa Maria pizza in Ealing, but then they opened a second site in Chelsea meaning that even more people can eat their award-winning pizza. They use the same ingredients and cooking methods as they do in Naples, so you can expect to find toppings such as the San Francesco – rich tomato sauce and mozzarella finished with artichokes, courgettes, aubergines and Parmesan and the San Giuseppe, with smoked mozzarella, rare breed Yorkshire sausage, parmesan and friarielli (wild broccoli). If you’re going at the weekend, book – as you can imagine it’s very popular.
Where: Fulham and Ealing
As the name suggests Yard Sale pizza started off in co-founder’s Johnnie’s back yard in Homerton. Three friends honed their pizza making skills, creating pizzas for their friends and family before opening their first site in Clapton back in 2014. Since then they have opened a second site in Finsbury Park and will be opening a third site in Walthamstow at the end of February. Pizzas come in either 12″ or 18″ and to mark the opening of their third restaurant they are going to be giving someone a year’s supply of pizza!
Where: Clapton, Finsbury Park and soon Walthamstow
After quitting their day jobs the founders of Pizza Pilgrims, went on a pilgrimage of Southern Italy, learning everything there was to know about pizza. They then came back to London and luckily for us decided to share that knowledge. A favourite for us has to be the Aubergine Parmigiana with roast aubergine, Parmesan, baby plum tomatoes and garlic.
Where: Swingers, Exmouth Market, Covent Garden, Kingly Court and Soho
100% Organic Pizzas
Story Deli is decidedly minimalist and completely white washed, here the super fresh, colourful toppings do the talking as they are piled high on wafer thin crusts.
Where: 6 Calvert Avenue, Shoreditch, E27 JP
To celebrate National Pizza Day….Italian restauran VICO are serving up a menu entirely made up of pizza starting with deep fried pizza dough with mozzarella and basil before a Ripiena pizza made with aubergine, datterino, nduja, mozzarella, basil and a parmesan crust before finishing with a sweet pizza: The Dolce. It’s made from custard cream, chocolate chips and sour cherries. Get it all this week 6th – 10th February.
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