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11 July 2014 | Food | By: Ben Norum

London’s Best Pizza Restaurants

London’s Best Pizza Restaurants
Pizza at Pizza Pilgrims, one of London's best

Updated: June 2016

Officially rated the world’s most popular food, there’s something pretty impressive about pizza, but it’s all too often relegated to the realms of drunken dinners and fast food. Following in the path of burgers and hotdogs, London has seen a boom in gourmet pizza restaurants of late, and the city now has no shortage of people taking it very seriously indeed. Here’s our pick of the most perfect pizzas in London town. Whether you’re a funghi fan, a margherita man or a lass who likes lardo, we’re confident you’ll find your perfect pizza at one of these restaurants that have really earned their dough.

L’Antica Pizzeria, Hampstead

Famous Italians lend their names to the pizzas at this restaurant near the Heath, but it’s the dishes themselves that are the real stars. Neapolitan in heritage and approach, the team use Caputo flour, imported from Naples, for their dough, fermenting it for over 24 hours before it goes into the 400°C oven. The extra air inside it means the dough quickly puffs up in the oven, making for a refreshingly light and airy pizza base. For toppings, only hand-crushed tomato sauce is used and the amount of mozzarella is carefully regulated to avoid excess water that might threaten that superbly crisp base. Try the Sofia Loren topped with tomato, mozzarella, artichokes, black olives, courgette, aubergine, parmesan, basil and olive oil.
L’Antica Pizzeria, 66 Heath Street, NW3 1DN

Bravi Ragazzi, Streatham

More Neopolitan at this south London restaurant where the quality of ingredients means the pizzas are excellent. The tomatoes they use are so sweet we could drink them straight from the can, toppings are sparse and excellent and the dough is spotted and blistered, just like good Neopolitan pizza should be. They also get extra points for the Nutella sandwich they do, which is basically loads of Nutella sandwiched in pizza dough and baked, then dusted with icing sugar.

Bravi Ragazzi, 2a Sunnyhill Road, SW16 2UH

Bravi Ragazzi serves the real deal. Photo: Helen Graves.

Pizza Metro Pizza

There are two branches of this peculiarly-named restaurant, but both the Battersea and Notting Hill venues have their hearts set somewhere in Italy. Thin, soft-based pizzas steer well clear of over-the-top toppings in favour of tip-top Italian produce (it’s genuine mozzarella di bufala and ricotta di bufala all the way). We particularly like the Diego’s pizza loaded with tomato, mozzarella, salami, buffalo ricotta and basil, but the restaurants can pull off meatballs, Gorgonzola and sausage with just as much gusto. These casual eateries are very serious players in the pizza stakes. One last thing: the prices are a little higher than standard, so it makes sense to go in a group and order a metre of pizza to share the cost.
Pizza Metro Battersea, 64 Battersea Rise, SW11 1EQ
Pizza Metro Notting Hill, 147-149 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3LF

A Pizza Pilgrim in action. Photo courtesy of the website

Pizza Pilgrims, Soho

With one branch on Dean Street and another just off Carnaby Street, plus a third in Exmouth Market, Pizza Pilgrim founders, brothers James and Thom Eliot, have well and truly completed the transition from street food stars to restaurateurs. As the name recalls, the pair went on an extensive pizza pilgrimage across southern Italy before pulling together everything they’d learned to bring superlative Neapolitan-style pizzas to London. The characteristically soft dough of pizzas from this region set them apart from most, while exactingly-sourced Italian ingredients ensure the toppings also shine: try the ‘Nduja, which comes with a real kick. The bustling Soho atmosphere is also a high-point.

Pizza Pilgrims, 11 Dean Street, W1D 3RP
Pizza Pilgrims, 11 Kingly Street, W1B 5PW
Pizza Pilgrims, 15 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QD

Santa Maria, Ealing

Authentic Neapolitan pizzas are this itsy west London restaurant’s reason for being. In cohorts with a blistering wood-fired oven, the chefs here create chewy-based pizzas with pleasantly charred edges and simple toppings made special through the use of tip-top Italian produce. For the ultimate display of how less is more, try the Santa Bufalina: tomato, buffalo mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil and fresh basil. Be aware that service can be rushed and that the staff’s genuine Italian passion doesn’t always fall in line with more typical British politeness, but we’ve not been deterred. Whatever you do, just don’t take someone who’s going to order just a salad.
Santa Maria, 15 St Mary’s Road, W5 5RA

Hubba. Santa Maria.

Homeslice, Covent Garden

There’s something infectiously fun about this pizza pop-up-gone-permanent on Neal’s Yard. An open wood-fired oven, large wine bottles on each table (you just pay for what you drink of it), and closely-packed seating all play their part. As do the massive pizza portions and inventive flavours. Think cauliflower cheese, aubergine, spinach and harissa or chorizo, corn and coriander. We’ve tried a fair few of them and not found one that doesn’t work yet, though purists may want to proceed with caution.
Homeslice, 13 Neal’s Yard, WC2H 9DP

Saporitalia, Notting Hill

Set at the heart of Portobello Road, this Neapolitan pizzeria prides itself on its rich and gooey buffalo mozzarella. A relatively short selection of pizzas sticks to the classics, but takes many of them to new levels thanks to this and other superb Italian ingredients. The simply named Saporitalia pizza combines luscious puddles of the cheese with fresh basil, tangy extra virgin olive oil and just a little tomato sauce, and we’re not sure it could easily be bettered.
Saporitalia, 222 Portobello Road, W11 1LJ

Getting saucy at Saporitalia. Photo courtesy of the website

Theo's, Camberwell

We love this bright, modern pizzeria in the heart of Camberwell. It's textbook Neopolitan with top notch ingredients and a short menu. We gave it four stars when it opened and the pizza is now even better - read the full review here.

Theo’s Pizzeria, 2 Grove Lane, SE5 8SY

Addommè

When we first published this article we were met with screams of "BUT WHERE IS ADDOMMÈ?!", so we knew we had to pay the Neapolitan Pizzeria a visit ourselves. Pizza and pasta dishes are freshly made, full of flavour and utterly delicious. The sourdough pizzas are a particular highlight - made from homemade pizza dough and topped with simple, fresh ingredients before being cooked to crispy-outside/soft-inside perfection. The restaurant itself is tiny (book ahead!), unpretentious and when we went, full of regulars who the owners greeted like old family friends. We can see why it’s a favourite.

Addommè, 17-21 Sternhold Ave, SW2 4PA

Sacro Cuore


If you like what you get at Ealing’s Santa Maria, then check out this sister restaurant in Kensal Rise. We marginally prefer the atmosphere at the original, but the pizzas are incredible, with a reall lightness to them. Again, quality of ingredients shine through here as the simple flavours pack punch.

Sacro Cuore, 45 Chamberlayne Road, NW10 3NB

Come to mama. The margherita at Theo's. Photo: Helen Graves.

Where's your perfect pizza? Have we missed a local gem? Let us know in the comments below.

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Pappagones on Stroud Green Road

J

La luna in Camberwell!

BillyBoy

The pizzas at Crate Brewery, Hackney Wick. The best.

Pauline Milligan

Bravi Ragazzi and Addomme in Streatham - both traditional Neapolitan pizzas, both amazing!

Hannah

The Big Red Pizza Bus in Deptford has good pizza and you can eat it on a routemaster bus! Great atmosphere and lots of fun events make this place a real local gem.
http://www.bigredpizza.co.uk/

Keith Doran

Eco on Clapham High St, one of the best. Great pizzas and the other dishes are great too. You need to book Fri and Sat nights...it gets very busy.

Rick @ Travel Like a Local

All good but you left out Pappagone, which makes a proper pizza. Check the italian-approved list :) http://bit.ly/1gvRjbi

Marge

You forgot CRATE BREWERY - amaaaazing! X

Tong-Gama

Bread Ecetera in Clapham High Street, for me is the best pizza I had in the UK! And it is soooo cheap!

veronicalice

Small place amazing pizza: Via Caracciolo in Lavender Hill (sw11)

Carlos Estrada

basilico.co.uk best take away in town!

Gary

The Yellow House, Lower Rd SE16. Exquisite.

gunnersaurus

Local bias forces me to mention Amici on Holloway road. I recommend the calzonr challenge.

Erin

Definitely Pappagone on Stroud Green Road- try the pizza pappagone (deep fried aubergine, parmesan, and basil....)

Claire

Perfetta Pizza Albion Street, Rotherhithe, SE16. Superb and they sell it by the metre

Martin Todorov

Try Appennino near Liverpool Street (Devonshire Row, London EC2M)! Their pizza is out of this world!

gallo

Sweet Thursday on Southgate Road in De Beauvoir. One of the best Pizze in London, Italian chefs only.

Marco

Pappagone Stroud Green Rd Finsbury Park. The Pizza Parmigiana is amazing. Add a soft egg and it's ridiculous.

Santore in Exmouth Market is good too!

SammiJ

Trattoria Sapori, Newington Green, N16. Simple, light & tasty

Alexandre Fortes

Other than those in the article - such as Story Deli and Princi - Saporitalia in Portobello Road.

Darren

Voodoo Ray's, Dalston

GJB

Cannot avoid:

Crate Brewery Pizzeria Hackney
Basilico Pizzeria

Isa

Il Guscio, on Lower Clapton Road

Isa

Sodo Pizza Café, on Upper Clapton Road .

vicky

Papa dels in Highgate is genuinely the best pizza I've ever eaten. Thin, tomato-y and topping right to the edge. And cheap!

Katia Nokrachi

Bella Vita Broadway Market. Lardo is totally overpriced! Went there once soon after it opened.. had a paper thin pizza with barely no garnish the whole thing was dry as sand and tasteless.. cost me £13. Perhaps the chef had a bad day... Will give it one last go. #dontbelievethehype

Paul

Bianco43 in Greenwich, Blackheath and Trafalgar Square - amazing authentic wood fired Napolean pizza

Roxb75

Made in Italy in King's Road as well

Jonathan Wadman

I agree with Pauline about Bravi Ragazzi: better even than Franco Manca, I reckon, not least because there's more variety.

Aggy

Tomo pizzeria in hornsey, the best.

bob

Stringray restaurant Highbury Barn ! Fabulous tasting and twice the size of your head.

Olly Newport

I'd love to see a similar list but for delivery pizza too.

Margherita Costantino

Addomme' in Stretham!!! The best traditional Neapolitan pizzas..

TomJ

La Luna Walworth Rd

Anon

White kitchen in Camden!!

Mike S

Ecco cafe on Drury lane. Electric ovens but some of the best value quality pizza I have ever found.

Sean

Pepe's on St Martin's Ln. Best slice in town, and the closest you'll find to real New York style pies. Despite it being a pretty decent Italian joint anyways.

Stephen Locke

Sodo pizza is a must - they're at 76-78 Honor Oak Park, SE23 - just by Honor Oak Park station. Also at Clapton and Hoxton. Wonderful sourdough pizza restaurant with a short and varying menu of inventive toppings; very friendly staff and atmosphere.

Guest

Van Dough at Brockley Market on Saturday afternoons!

David

Fratelli La Bufala

Ruth

A bit of an anomaly nestled amongst the Vietnamese restaurants and new American diners, but Amici Miei on Kingsland Road used to be spectacular and incredibly good value. Hope it still is, even though their restaurant Due Sardi doesn't seem to be listed any more: http://www.amicimiei2go.co.uk/

peter clark

I agree with SoDo in Clapton and expanding elsewhere

Beth

Sweet Thursday one of the best in London. Definitely worth checking out! All pizza chefs from Naples, as is flour, tomatoes and mozzarella.

j

Peppe's Pizza @ Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub 53-55 Hoe Street E17

mark

Lepetit jardin peckham..best pizza I ever had!!!!

Fiona

Tomo at high street Hornsey. Delicious!!!!

Lucrezia Newton

Santorè, 59 - 61 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QL ;)

Al Swearengen

Can't believe no one's mentioned Sarracino's in West Hampstead. I've tried nearly all pizzas in the post and several ones in the comments. Sarracino's is the best pizza I've ever tried North of the Rubicon, and would easily sit among the 10 best South of the same river.

dude

How did you miss out Arancina in Notting Hill and Bayswater? The best Sicilian pizza by far!

Cameron

Santa Maria, Ealing is LEGENDARY pizza!

Sharon

Fantozzi in Southgate

Enrico

Purely for the authentic italian cuisine - Bar Centrale in Camden. The owner Bruno is a great guy. The calzone is also amazing.

eliotrw

No voodoo rays? I mean REALLY?

Emma Laine

I LOVE RUSTIKO EXELENT SERVICES IS AMAZING

P

Pizza Union @ Liverpool Street! So cheap and so good!!!!!!

Johnny

The best thin crust Sourdough pizza I have ever tried in London at the new Bar&Pizza esclubhouse, Covent Garden !

f

The Oak Westbourne park road

Sarasss

Hi, can anyone recommend a good pizza place that isn't neopolitian style pizza. I used to really like Ecco in clapham but since their renovation they seem to serve sour dough pizza's very similar to Franco Manco.

peter bartlett

Arte Chef ...Barnes.

Meng

Agile Rabbit in Brixton Village. Excellent calzones and better than the nearby Franco Manca.

Dan

Forgot to mention The Sourdough Saloon (at The Lord Morpeth). It is one of the best pizzas in London.

L.P.

Definately Amici Miei.....best pizza in London!

Ryan

Bravi Ragazzi in Streatham is one of the best for sure!!!

Myshkin

Pierino's (Thurloe St, South Ken) Caprese Pizza.

Chris Howell-Jones

Errr, The Station House, Churchfield Road, Acton. Best pizzas this side of Santa Maria!!!

mr_chas

Bianco43 Tops !

Venerdi Restaurant

They look really appetizing, but of course you're missing a local gem, ours! Emoticón wink Do you want to come and try one of our 28 varieties of pizza. You urge? Emoticón smile https://www.facebook.com/Vener...

e

if you were in honor oak then you should have gone to le querce round the corner on brockley rise. they do pizza and the food is amazing.

DH

E5 bakery in London fields on Sunday's do amazing pizzas!

cristian camus

Pizza Union in Kings Kross

Marco

L'ORO DI NAPOLI - Ealing!!!!