It’s #NationalPizzaDay, and while we don’t usually go in for these completely made up days, we don’t half like our pizza parties here at Average Joes. Yes, New York, Naples and Chicago might be more famed for it but we think London offers Joes some of the best doughy joys on the planet. So without further ado here are some of the best pizzerias and pop-ups we’ve tried in our nation’s capital!
Pizza Pilgrims, Soho
Pizza Pilgrim will always pop up on any London pizzeria list. This Soho haunt is popular with workers in central London who want a quick slice at lunch, as well as families for sit down meals in the evening. Pilgrims is ran brothers James and Thom Elliot, who toured the pizzerias of Italy before coming home with a Piaggio pizza van. The duo quickly established themselves as one of the capital’s best Neapolitan pizza makers and soon turned their van into bricks-and-mortar at Dean Street. We’d recommend the Nduja pizza, made with dabs of spicy Calabrian pork sausage.
Location: 11 Dean Street. W1D 3RP. Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road
Voodoo Rays, Dalston
For all you hipsternistas out there, Voodoo Rays has long been one of East London’s best haunts. With their restaurants decorated in funky neon signage, Voodoo offers gigantic 22” New York-style pizzas served by the slice. But if the idea of slices worries you, fear not – just two of them is the equivalent to a whole 11”! All ingredients used are of the highest quality with buffalo and fior di latte mozzarellas sourced from Italy, along with the renowned Caputo flour. San Marzano tomatoes are also used for the all-important Napoli sauce. Their Meat Is On pizza is one of the best meat feasts you’ll find in London.
Location: 95 Kingsland High Street. E8 2PB. Nearest Overground: Dalston Kingland.
If you’re looking for a traditional Italian restaurant without all the bells and whistles, one of our favourite restaurants (let alone pizzerias) in London is Cotto. Located right next to Lambeth North tube station or a short walk from Waterloo, this family-ran restaurant is a little corner of Italy in the heart of London. Don’t expect to be wowed upon entry, but you can expect a warm welcome and a handshake. It might be small but Cotto is always big in heart with a great atmosphere and even better pizza. Cotto is also perfect if you’ve got vegetarians, celiacs or any other allergies in your group. Our tip would be go for the signature Cotto ham pizza or the delicious calzone.
Location: 89 Westminster Bridge Rd. SE1 7HR. Nearest Tube: Lambeth North.
Sodo Pizza Café, Walthamstow
Newly opened Sodo Pizza Café in Walthamstow has already made big waves with the locals, offering sourdough-based pizzas and high quality charcuterie boards. It’s the third Pizza Café the owners have opened following overwhelmingly successful stints in Clapton and Hoxton. Their dough is fermented for up to 48 hours before use and then baked at over 450°C to make it light and give it that sourdough tang. The booze selection is also stunning here with a showcase of biodynamic and natural wines from independent producers, as well as local crafts from around London.
Location: 21 Hatherley Mews. E17 4QP. Nearest Tube: Walthamstow Central.
While we’ll always champion independent restaurants and cafes, Rossopomodoro proves that some of the big boys really do know their stuff. The quality and authenticity of the pizzas at Rossopomodoro, an international chain of pizzerias, is up there with anything we’ve had in the city. Their restaurants are also great to look at too and are the perfect setting for a warm evening in London. Much like Cotto, Rossopomodoro also do very tasty gluten-free pizzas.
Location: 10 Jamestown Road. NW1 7BY. Nearest Tube: Camden Town.
L’Antica Pizzeria, Hampstead
The final pizzeria on our list is an absolute gem. Located in beautiful Hampstead, just a stone’s throw from the Heath, L’Antica is arguably the best pizza place in London. This little Neapolitan pizzeria offers light and airy crusts, sweet tomato sauce and creamy mozzarella for the perfect slice of heavy. A nice touch at L’Antica is that all pizzas here are named after figures in Italian history, such as Michelangelo and Marcello Mastroianni. It could get confusing when ordering but to be honest, whatever you have here, it’s going to be delicious!
Location: 66 Heath Street. NW3 1DN. Nearest Tube: Hampstead.
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