Nothing can beat that crispy crust, covered in savoury tomato sauce, concealed under a mountain of melty, gooey cheese – it’s one of the world’s favourites foods, of course, it’s pizza.
God know’s I love Pizza, and it’s more than just something you have when you’re hungover. Say goodbye to Papa Johns and hello to my favourite pizzeria’s in London.
As the name applies, it’s all about the sourdough at Sodo Pizza. They’ve got three branches – Upper Clapton, Hoxton and now Walthamstow. Their dough is fermented for around 18 hours and then blasted at 450°C. The Winter Goat is a winner with tomato, mozzarella, goats cheese, walnuts, caramelised onions and olives, yum.
Pizza Pilgrims set up shop shortly after a pilgrimage to Italy to discover how to make the best pizza. They started out in a van in Soho and have have truly completed the transition from street food vendors to restaurateurs. Expect chewy and soft pizzas – well worth the pilgrimage to any of their branches.
SoHo House’s pizza branch, Pizza East, started on Shoreditch High Street and has now been rolled out to Kentish Town and Portobello. They serve up rustic pizza’s made from seasonal ingredients with ciabatta-style dough with a generous crust.
You can thank Franco Manca for bringing the sourdough pizza revolution to London. The menu is focused on six pizzas plus a changing specials board. At around £6 a pizza and £3 a beer, you’ll marvel at how small your bill is.
Hidden in Holloway, Zia Lucia is a local gem. Their pizzas are served on 48-hour slow-fermented sourdoughs and their bases come in four varieties: vegetable charcoal, wholemeal, gluten-free, and traditional. I’ve never come across a pizzeria where I could actually choose the type of dough, it’s incredibly refreshing.
Yard Sale Pizza
Yard Sale Pizza have two shops in Clapton and Finsbury Park and this place is primarily for take-away. I adore their pizza with butternut squash, goats cheese, rocket and honey drizzle. Don’t forgot about the dips, their garlic & herb has nothing on Dominoes.
Beer and pizza? Hell Yeah. Well that’s exactly what the guy’s at Homeslice thought back in 2011 when they did they’re first event at London Fields Brewery. They do massive portions with inventive flavours, my advice is to share one between two, with different toppings on each half. Make sure to get the aubergine, cauliflower cheese, spinach and harissa pizza.