Having spent the past couple of years carting a mobile oven around London's street markets, pizza purveyors Homeslice have followed the well established trend and set up their first bricks and mortar restaurant.
Operating out of 50-seater place in Neal's Yard, Covent Garden, Homeslice sells Neopolitan-style pizza by the slice for £4, or whole 20" pizzas for £20. Choices on our visit included a classic margherita, bone marrow, spring onion & watercress and white anchovy & chard, all cooked in a vast wood-fired oven in the restaurant's open kitchen.
We went for a slice of the sopressata (a type of salami) & rocket, and another of courgette & artichoke. The slices were generous, and the toppings applied liberally; in fact so laden was the latter slice that the base succumbed to the inevitable and crumbled under the weight. Messy it may be, but this is seriously good pizza, packed with taste and texture, and among the best you'll find in London.
The only criticism is that Homeslice have slid their prices up from the street market days, when it was £3 for a slice or fiver for two. Understandable perhaps, particularly when the overheads of a proper restaurant come into play. Oh, and while it was relatively quiet on our visit — a clientèle of friends, family and Twitter foodies being the early visitors — we expect it to get very busy once word gets out.
Disclaimer: We review anonymously and pay for all our meals / drinks.