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What began as a three-wheeled pizza van circuiting London’s street-food markets has morphed into a full-blown restaurant, with a heavy-duty oven and a counter for on-the-go eating, plus a charming
underground dining room playfully kitted out with vintage Italian posters, green-checked plastic tablecloths and even a table-football station. The brown-paper menu is inspired by pizza’s
Neapolitan roots – so expect lightly burnished, ‘wondrous crusts’ and springy bases dotted sparingly with top-quality mozzarella and other ingredients, from tangy ricotta with artichokes and smoked
garlic to spicy fennel sausage with wild broccoli, Parmesan and basil. For afters, don’t miss the fluffy pizza ring oozing pockets of hot Nutella. Bubbly 90s’ pop and easy-on-the-eye staff exude
good vibrations, while keenly priced Italian cocktails and house wines by the carafe make this no-bookings newcomer an ‘affordable and delicious’ Soho treat.
Pizza Pilgrims is the shared endeavor of two brothers, James and Thom Elliot, who in 2011 shafted both convention and their office jobs for something infinately more pleasant. Life began afresh for them in the back of a three-wheeled van, which they used to make a pilgrim of sorts around Italy. Throughout their tour, they honed their pizza making skills and chose to bring the Naples variety back to London.From humble beginnings selling their pizza out of the back of a van, Pizza Pilgrims then set up its first premises in Dean Street closely followed by a second in Kingly Court. It has been a while since their days of touring around Italy and eating authentic pizza, a fact which is beginning to show in the Kingly Court outpost. Naples pizzas are meant to be light and airy, with charred and fluffy crusts that graduate into chewy centres...
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Just when I thought I found the best pizza in London, Pizza Pilgrim outdid my current favourite Franco Manca. My friend wanted his leaving meal to be Pizza, and out of all the places he wanted to go Pizza Hut. There was no way I was taking him there. Since the location of our meetup was in Central London I suggested we head to Pizza Pilgrim in Soho. Pizza Pilgrim has been passed on to me for a while with many glowing reviews started out as a street food van they eventually found permanent residence at Dean Street. Green and white is the theme for interior and branding, as soon as you walk in you see the take-away counter where the cooks prepare the pizzas. Hidden beneath the wooden staircase lies a pizzeria...
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Pizza Pilgrims started out serving pizzas from a tiny green van with an oven stuck on the back in Berwick Street in Soho and it was a hit; everybody loved their Napoli inspired street food. So much so that they’ve decided to open a permanent pizzeria slap bang opposite a Pizza Express on Dean Street.
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Pizza Pilgrims started off as a street food van in the middle of London and because of its popularity, has now got a place to call home in the heart of London’s food scene; Soho.Climbing down the spiral staircase, you’ll be taken to a hidden, intimate restaurant that also strangely has a foosball table in the corner. It’s a beautiful, quirky, yet cosy restaurant that makes you feel part of the family...
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Pizza Pilgrims was the ideal place for a quick dinner whilst working in London. Originally operating out of the back of a green van with a wood fired oven, Pizza Pilgrims set up a permanent site on Dean Street in Soho. With a sizable buzzing seating area downstairs I settled down to a Birra Moretti and ordered the Margherita with N'duja, a spicy Calabrian pork sausage...
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Soho isn’t short of pizza restaurants, but Pizza Pilgrims has a leg up on its competition. Having started out as a street market van that’s still touring London’s street food markets, Pizza Pilgrims has already built up a legion of fans. Even more importantly it has a traditional hand-built pizza oven. The van serves up an impressive range of pizzas, but both the generosity of the toppings and the size of the pie itself is limited by the logistics of cooking from the back of a converted van. That shouldn’t be a problem with a bigger and better stocked kitchen, so I eagerly sat down for a weekday lunch with Porn Master, Socialist Worker, Chip Butty, Resume and Sloane Ranger...
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Taking their launch on Dean Street, Soho in August of this year from a three-wheeled green Piaggio Ape complete with pizza oven driven here all the way from Italy and a presence in Berwick Market, to prime real estate in one of London’s most bustling food quarters. The boys’ (brothers Tom and James Elliot) done good.Now I’ve eaten pizza in Naples and with no hyperbole intended, it was one of the best things I’ve ever consumed. The sort of meal that on first bite, the wide-eyed unspoken stare of ‘ye GODS - did you just experience the same thing I did?’’ towards your dining companion is all you can manage as your brain attempts to process the pleasure receptor overload...
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Brothers James and Thom Elliot have spent the last couple of years obsessing over the art of making the perfect pizza. They travelled to Naples to learn the trade with some of the best chefs in the city and on their return made a big name for themselves in the street food scene. Their pizza making van is still to be found in Soho’s Berwick St market and it has provided them with the ideal location to perfect their craft...
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