A pizza snob’s guide to London pizzerias

If you know me at all, even by acquaintance, you’ll quickly learn that pizza is one of my life’s greatest passions ๐Ÿคค

Having been to the very heart of pizza craft ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Naples, Southern Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น and sampled the best in the world, I’ve made it a personal mission never to accept anything less.

While sadly I haven’t mastered the craft myself, what I can do is hunt down the good stuff and impart my knowledge of the best haunts ๐Ÿ”

This is a living post that will be refreshed from time to time as I uncover more gems! For now, these are my top picks to satisfy your Neapolitan wood fired pizza cravings in London.

Disclaimer: Only traditional pizza is covered here. If you’re a fan of pineapple, fast food or New York style ‘pizza’ then you’re in the wrong place!

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The best

๐Ÿฅ‡ L’Antica Pizzeria

“Real Neapolitan taste. Cooked with passion.”

๐Ÿš‡ Hampstead, High Barnet
๐Ÿ• Caputo flour, low-salt dough, slow-fermented over 36 hours, cooked at 400ยฐC
โญ Go for: date night or with a small group of friends
๐Ÿ‘ Traditional Neapolitan wood fired pizza, accepts table reservations, great desserts
๐Ÿ‘Ž Average service, cramped seating, loud.

๐Ÿฅˆ Homeslice

“20” pizza whole or by the slice.”

๐Ÿš‡ Covent Garden, Oxford Circus, Bond Street, Mansion House, Old Street, White City, Earl’s Court
๐Ÿ• High protein German 405 flour, aged 24 hours minimum, cooked at 500ยฐC for 60-90 seconds
โญ Go for: a slice on the go or a casual walk-in
๐Ÿ‘ Balance of tradition with innovation, flavours split 50/50, one pizza feeds two people
๐Ÿ‘Ž Chaotic service, cramped seating, loud.

๐Ÿฅ‰ Zia Lucia

“Genuine pizza.”

๐Ÿš‡ Highbury & Islington, Hammersmith, Wembley Park
๐Ÿ• Four types of dough: vegetable charcoal, wholemeal, gluten-free, traditional, slow-fermented over 48 hours
โญ Go for: a proper sit down meal with family and friends
๐Ÿ‘ Traditional Neapolitan pizza with a twist – the charcoal base is an experience!
๐Ÿ‘Ž Bookings available for a minimum of eight people.

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The rest

… but definitely not less!

Made of Dough

“Pizza. And some.”

๐Ÿš‡ Oxford Circus, Brixton, Fulham Broadway, ๐Ÿš†Peckham Rye
๐Ÿ• Lean dough: flour, water, sea salt, fresh yeast, 60% hydration, cooked fast
โญ Go for: Neapolitan wood fired pizza with mates
๐Ÿ‘ Consistently good, traditional wood fired pizza, great toppings
๐Ÿ‘Ž Casual in food halls and markets – may be hard to find a group table.

Pizzeria di Camden

“The sun on your plate.”

๐Ÿš‡ Camden Town
๐Ÿ• โ€˜00โ€™ grade flour, stone baked
โญ Go for: date night or with a small group of friends
๐Ÿ‘ Great location, great flavours, decent Aperol spritz
๐Ÿ‘Ž Small venue.

Franco Manca

“Sourdough pizza. As it should be.”

๐Ÿš‡ Restaurants in all corners of London as well as around the UK
๐Ÿ• Italian grains, live culture of flour, water and wild yeast, fermented 20 hours
โญ Go for: a decent cheap meal
๐Ÿ‘ Pizzas start from ยฃ5, many locations, walk-in friendly, No. 7 rotating specialty pizza
๐Ÿ‘Ž Average quality, stingy on toppings.

La Pizza Napoletana – Mercato Metropolitano

๐Ÿš‡ Southwark
โญ Go for: a quality pizza option at a varied food hall
๐Ÿ‘ Lots of choice, consistently decent
๐Ÿ‘Ž Long wait time and crowded space during busy periods.

Santa Maria Pizzeria Napoletana

๐Ÿš‡ Fulham Broadway, Goodge Street, South Ealing
โญ Go for: a hearty sit down meal with family, friends or peers
๐Ÿ‘ Consistently good, traditional wood fired pizza, great toppings
๐Ÿ‘Ž Some flavours are questionable – mushy peas base, for instance!

Rossopomodoro

“Like a day in Napoli”

๐Ÿš‡ Tottenham Court Road, Covent Garden, Old Street, Fulham Broadway, Camden Road, Finchley Road, ๐Ÿš† Wandsworth Town
โญ Go for: a social occasion with a medium to large size group
๐Ÿ‘ Neapolitan pizza, many locations to choose from
๐Ÿ‘Ž It has a bit of a chain vibe and the monthly special I tried wasn’t great. Still, I’d give them another go!

Purezza

“Plant pioneers”

๐Ÿš‡ Camden Town
โญ Go for: a social occasion with a small size group
๐Ÿ‘ The UK’s first ever vegan pizzeria using cruelty free ingredients, serving a variety of traditional inspired flavour combinations
๐Ÿ‘Ž They’re quite generous on the cheese, and if you’re not used to the vegan variety this might not be a good thing.

On my radar…

  • Pizza Pilgrims
  • Sud Italia
  • Voodoo Rays
  • Sacre Couer

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