Food & Drink

The Best Pizza Spot in 13 London 'Hoods

Published On 05/20/2015 Published On 05/20/2015
Courtesy of Mayfair Pizza Co.
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Saporitalia
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Santoré
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Del Mercato
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Delicious by Franco
Rocket Canary Wharf
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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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