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.