London enjoys a good relationship with Italians, with areas such as Farringdon and Clerkenwell being referred to as “Little Italy” in the past. There are also more than a few Italian restaurants in the capital – and while pasta is a popular choice of food, nothing beats a delicious pizza.
But where do you go to find the tastiest, most authentic pizzas that will make you feel like you’re right in the heart of Naples? Read on and find out with our guide to the best pizzerias in London.
You will find many claiming that L’Antica Pizzeria is, in fact, the best pizza restaurant in the whole of London. Located in Hampstead, north west London, this authentic Italian restaurant uses a wood oven to serve up mouthwatering pizzas. Be prepared to queue though, as there are only a handful of tables available. Although, this does help to keep a quaint, small Italian town vibe to the restaurant.
Sticking with north London, this time in N16, otherwise known as Stoke Newington. Here you can dine at Apollo, a traditional pizza joint with a wood oven imported directly from Naples. The pizzas are well priced and taste just as they would in a Neapolitan restaurant. You can’t ask for much more than that.
Franco Manca is a chain of restaurants with more than 10 branches across London, but the original one can be found in the south west London area of Brixton – and it’s still the best one of them all. Chain restaurants don’t often make top-10 lists, but Franco Manca offers a combination of simple and innovative toppings that are hard to beat for taste.
To west London now, where the W5 postcode of Ealing is the setting for the delightful Neapolitan Pizzeria, Santa Maria. Recent renovation has seen a new Carrara marble counter constructed, along with a hand-built pizza oven. Fresh ingredients, coupled with a friendly service, makes Santa Maria one of our top pizzeria picks.
Sourdough pizzas are the main focus in this Upper Clapton cafe. The dough is fermented for at least 18 hours to offer a nice mix of crispy edge pizzas with a soft middle, and there are five variants on the menu, as well as daily specials. Pizzas are well priced between £6-10 pounds, and there is also a selection of craft beers from near by breweries.
Pizza Pilgrims is run by Thom and James Elliott and is inspired by their travels around Italy, where they researched authentic recipes. After major success at food markets, they decided to open a restaurant in Soho, offering pizzas topped with the best southern ingredients, which includes menu favourites such as Aubergine Parmigiana and Smoked Napoli.
Another restaurant to originate from the street food scene, Homeslice has built up quite the following and now has several branches including one right in the heart of Covent Garden. If you like your pizzas with thin crusts, you’ve definitely come to the right place. Throw in creative toppings (Goat shoulder, savoy cabbage and sumac yoghurt, anyone?) as well as a wood fire oven and you’ve got one of the best pizza restaurants in London.
The Actress is a double combo of trendy south east London pub and wood oven pizza restaurant.What more could you want? Popular with families as well as the odd celeb, The Actress has a range of pizzas from porcini and wild mushroom, to Italian sausage and pancetta peas. They also show live sports on their big-screen TV’s and have a beer garden, which is particularly pleasant in the summertime.
September 21, 2016 rentonomy London Living