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The Best Pizza Spot in 13 London 'Hoods

Published On 05/20/2015 Published On 05/20/2015

Did you know that London has more pizza places than any European city? Sure, we just made that up, but it could be true, and that basically makes it a fact. And knowing which one of the myriad slice spots near your home/work is the best can be tricky... until now. Here are the best pizza places in 13 London neighbourhoods.

Courtesy of Mayfair Pizza Co.

Mayfair

Mayfair Pizza Co. (address and info)
What you're getting: The Diavola
Hidden in a serpentine alleyway somewhere behind Bond St sits the Mayfair Pizza Co. Despite the grand location, this modern bistro is most proud of its down-to-earth pizzas and its ruggedly good ingredients. Sure, you can opt for a strawberry and basil dessert or the world’s "Hottest Pizza" challenge, but what keeps the yuppies and Euros baying at the door are the old favourites: the wonderfully poised Quattro Formaggi and the sprightly Diavola.

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Covent Garden

Homeslice (address and info)
What you're getting: Celeriac, wild garlic, cow’s curd & hazelnuts
Looking eerily like the kind of unwieldy go-kart you might unlock after hundreds of hours misspent playing Mario Kart, Homeslice began life as a domed pizza oven on wheels with a simple mission: to fire pizza by the slice down the throats of hungry hipsters. Then its owners got their hands on some serious real estate in a corner of the hallowed Neal’s Yard, and the game started in earnest. The pick of the bunch is a celeriac, wild garlic, cow’s curd and hazelnuts number, and the pizzas themselves are HUGE.

Courtesy of Pizza Pilgrims

Soho

Pizza Pilgrims (address and info)
What you're getting: The Nduja
Though the broad green and white stripes of Pizza Pilgrim’s shop front might call to mind those of a patio awning somewhere in Surrey, the food inside couldn’t be more authentically Italian if it held a post-election-fixing party with 17 questionably aged girls. After quitting their day jobs, brothers Thom and James Elliott embarked on a gastronomic tour of Italy, gaining a wealth of local knowledge and several stone in the process. The resulting pizzas are things of simple beauty, with the favourite being the Nduja: an exquisite margherita topped with dollops of coarse and spicy Calabrian sausage.

Saporitalia

Notting Hill

Saporitalia (address and info)
What you're getting: The Calzone
The calzone isn’t necessarily the most aesthetically pleasing member of the pizza family, looking at best like a giant Cornish pasty and at worst like a dropped burrito. But at Notting Hill’s Saporitalia, that doesn’t really matter. The locals love the gooey decadence of this little bistro’s signature pizza, packed with milky mozzarella, oven-roasted ham, and a splash of marinara sauce. The Portobello Rd has always had a Romanesque feel, with its winding markets and its Italianate name; add in Saporitalia and a glass of Chianti and you may as well be straddling a Vespa on the shores of Lake Como.

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Chelsea

Rossopomodoro (address and info)
What you're getting: Salsiccia Friarelli (pork sausage, friarielli, smoked mozz, basil)
The folks at Rossopomodoro like to say that their West London joint resides on "Chelsea Beach," the strip of bars and restaurants that runs along the monied Fulham Rd. And despite the fact that literally no one has ever, ever referred to this area as "Chelsea Beach," the relaxed and airy décor of this traditional pizzeria certainly conjures up a holiday vibe. Adhering firmly to the secretive codes of Neapolitan pizza making, Rossopomodoro imports its flour from the Old Country, bakes its bruschetta in-house, and raises its thin and stretchy dough under a wood-fired oven.

Santoré

Farringdon

Santoré (address and info)
What you're getting: The Capricciosa
Unless you find yourself in the control room of a Mediterranean cruise ship, the general rule runs thusly: the more Italians you see, the better. And Santoré is pretty much an unofficial Italian embassy, packed to the rafters with expats desperate for a slice of their homeland. An all-day haven on the fringes of The City, Santoré is utterly laid back and achingly authentic. Choose from old favourites like the bustling Capricciosa or the sultry Napoletana, and find yourself teleported to the Umbrian hills.

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Shoreditch

Pizza East (address and info)
What you're getting: The veal meatball
Pizza East’s Shoreditch mothership might have spawned imitators and sequels across the capital, but the original is still the best. Inside the vaunted tea warehouse, you’ll find canteen-style dining, raucous conversation, and improbably good-looking staff. But even they pale in comparison to the majesty of Pizza East’s LA-style pies: thicker than you’d expect, lightly pudgy, and flecked with smoke. The wunderkind here is topped with veal meatballs, crispy prosciutto, and cream. Sweet, yet serious, it will have you weeping into your second chin.

Del Mercato

London Bridge

Del Mercato (address and info)
What you're getting: The Bresaola
Smart dining and pizza don’t usually live in the same sentence, but somehow Del Mercato makes it work. A slightly upmarket trattoria tucked away behind the sprawl of Borough Market, Del Mercato pumps out solid Italian favourites with flair and finesse.

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Clapham

Eco (address and info)
What you're getting: Wild mushroom, truffle oil, and pecorino
Clapham is said to have the largest population of under-30s of any area in Europe. When these bright young things need to summon up the energy for a night of vodka soda limes and comparing photos of their Mini Coopers, there’s only one place to go: Eco. Since its founding in the early '90s, Eco has become a local institution, and its longevity is no doubt because of the brilliance of the pizzas themselves. A case in point is the mushroom, truffle oil, and pecorino number: a pungent offering atop authentic hand-stretched dough.

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Peckham

The Gowlett (address and info)
What you're getting: Whatever's on the specials board
Packed with Chesterfields, cracked leather stools, and the wood panelling of a prep school dining room, The Gowlett looks classically English, but close your eyes for a second and the aromas are such that you could be at an Italian festa in mid July. Some of that is because of the acclaimed meat-smoking enterprise that the boys are running downstairs, but a lot of the credit must fall to the authentic pizza oven out back. Expect wafer-thin, yet robust bases topped with punchy ingredients and a thoroughly good time.

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Brixton

Franco Manca (address and info)
What you're getting: The No. 6 w/ chorizo
Franco Manca is the gold star, the golden goose, and the Goldman Sachs of London’s pizzerias. It’s the chairman, the CEO, and the president of London Pizza PLC. In short, it’s number one. Sure, the toppings are wonderful in their simplicity -- yogurty Buffalo mozzarella, piquant cured chorizo, roasted old spot ham -- but the real star here is the base. Left to rise for 20 hours, spun on the palms of olive-skinned pizzaioli, and then blast-cooked for 40 seconds at 500 degrees C, the sourdough here holds a fresh, natural aroma and emerges from the Tufae brick oven with a smoke-speckled underside. Needless to say, at Franco Manca, it is sacrilege to leave your crusts.

Delicious by Franco

Kentish Town

Delicious by Franco (address and info)
What you're getting: The Emiliana
Despite sounding like the hastily abandoned perfume concept of a Spanish dictator, Delicious by Franco has justly earned a place in London’s pizza royalty. The founding family hails from Caorle, a fishermen’s village near Venice, and it cares about pizzas in a way that you or I will probably never care about anything. Farmhouse ingredients, chequered tablecloths ,and robust humour make this little bacaro a firm North London favourite, to say nothing of its wood-fired creations. Go for the delicate Emiliana with its prosciutto crudo, rocket, and Parmesan flakes to understand what all the fuss is about.

Rocket Canary Wharf

The City

Rocket (address and info)
What you're getting: Chorizo, halloumi & butterfly king prawns
Pulled pork. Black pudding. Rainbow slaw. The brains behind Rocket would be shot at dawn if the Neapolitan mafia got wind of their bold and curious pizza toppings. But it’s a risk they’re willing to take. The red-blooded city boys who flock here ignore the rest of the menu in favour of the lauded pizzas, baked on Italian dough and decked out with a carnivore’s checklist of toppings. Go for the chaotic, but enchanting fusion of chorizo, halloumi, and king prawns and pray to Mother Mary that you don’t get whacked on the way out.

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1. Mayfair Pizza Co. 4 Lanchashire Court, London, W1S 1EY (Mayfair)

Hidden in a serpentine alleyway somewhere behind Bond St sits the Mayfair Pizza Co., a gilded idyll for fallen European aristocrats and trophy wives exhausted by entering their husband’s pin number all day. Despite the grand location, though, this modern bistro is most proud of its down-to-earth pizzas and its ruggedly good ingredients.

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2. Homeslice 13 Neil's Yard, London, WC2H 9DP (Covent Garden)

Homeslice is a Covent Garden pizzeria slinging crazy-big 'zas from a 500-degree wood-fired oven, with toppings like bone marrow, courgette & artichoke, fennel & salami, and many, many more.

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3. Pizza Pilgrims 11-12 Dean St, London, W1D 3RP (Soho)

The Pizza Pilgrims have traveled across the globe to gather the knowledge to bring you the best pizza imaginable in Soho. They love what they do, and you will too.

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4. Saporitalia 222 Portobello Rd, London, W11 1LJ (Notting Hill)

Located in Notting Hill, Saporitalia features dishes that originate from Naples, which are traditional Mediterranean and absolutely delicious. Its chefs create their own recipes by using original ingredients, fresh seasonal produce, homemade pasta, meats, and seafood.

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5. Rossopomodoro 214 Fulham Rd, London, SW10 9NB (Chelsea)

The folks at Rossopomodoro like to say that their West London joint resides on "Chelsea Beach," the strip of bars and restaurants that runs along the monied Fulham Rd. And despite the fact that literally no one has ever referred to this area as "Chelsea Beach," the relaxed and airy décor of this traditional pizzeria certainly conjures up a holiday vibe. Adhering firmly to the secretive codes of Neapolitan pizza making, Rossopomodoro imports its flour from the Old Country, bakes its bruschetta in-house, and raises its thin and stretchy dough under a wood-fired oven.

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6. Santoré 61 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, EC1R 4QL (Clerkenwell)

When it comes to Italian eateries, the more Italians you see, the better. And Santoré is pretty much an unofficial Italian embassy, packed to the rafters with expats desperate for a slice of their homeland. An all-day haven on the fringes of The City, Santore is utterly laid back and achingly authentic. Choose from old favourites like the bustling Capricciosa or the sultry Napoletana, and find yourself teleported to the Umbrian hills.

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7. Pizza East 56 Shoreditch High St, Shoreditch, E1 6JJ (Shoreditch)

Pizza East’s Shoreditch mothership might have spawned imitators and sequels across the capital, but the original is still the best. Inside the vaunted tea warehouse, you’ll find canteen-style dining, raucous conversation, and improbably good-looking staff. But even they pale in comparison to the majesty of Pizza East’s LA-style pies: thicker than you’d expect, lightly pudgy, and flecked with smoke.

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8. Del Mercato Park St, , London, SE1 9AD (Borough)

In a surprisingly smart bit of planning for such a boozy city, Vinopolis has opened a simple space whose white tablecloths and red/green leather banquettes resemble the Tricolore, where it matches all that wine with Italian eats like swordfish meatballs and soft polenta w/ boneless grilled quail.

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9. Eco 162 Clapham High St, London, SW4 7UG

Since it’s founding in the early '90s, Eco has become a Clapham institution, and its longevity is no doubt due to the brilliance of the pizzas themselves. A case in point is the mushroom, truffle oil, and pecorino number: a pungent offering atop authentic hand-stretched dough.

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10. The Gowlett 62 Gowlett Rd, Peckham, SE15 4HY

Head to Peckham where you'll find The Gowlett, which is packed with Chesterfields, cracked leather stools, and the wood panelling of a prep school dining room. Order yourself a pie and expect wafer-thin, yet robust bases topped with punchy ingredients and a thoroughly good time.

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11. Franco Manca 4 Market Row, Brixton, SW9 8LD (Brixton)

Franco Manca is the gold star, the golden goose, and the Goldman Sachs of London’s pizzerias. Sure, the toppings are wonderful in their simplicity, but the real star here is the base. Left to rise for 20 hours, spun on the palms of 'za masters, and then blast-cooked for 40 seconds at 500 degrees C, the sourdough here holds a fresh, natural aroma and emerges from the Tufae brick oven with a smoke-speckled underside.

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12. Delicious by Franco 320 Kentish Town Rd, London, NW5 2TH (Kentish Town)

Despite sounding like the hastily abandoned perfume concept of a Spanish dictator, Delicious by Franco has justly earned a place in London’s pizza royalty. Farmhouse ingredients, checkered tablecloths, and robust humour make this little bacaro a firm North London favourite, to say nothing of its wood-fired creations.

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13. Rocket Canary Wharf Churchill Place , London, E14 5RB (Docklands)

The third space from a bar veteran grown enamored of laid-back Cali pizza/salad joints during a year-long Stateside sabbatical, this boozy, two-story eatery has a light, wide-open feel, with modern-chic steel fittings and wood floors; upstairs has a Millennium-Dome viewing terrace, and a colonnade of National Gallery prints adorning the ceiling, allowing you to gaze at a Bellini even as you gulp one.

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