Best pizza restaurants in London

Check out London’s great choice of restaurants that serve fabulous pizzas with SquareMeal’s selection. Grab a slice of the good stuff with SquareMeal’s carefully selected list of the best restaurants for pizza in London. Every one of the restaurants featured in SquareMeal’s list of London’s best restaurants for pizza has been tried and tested by food critics and our own customers, so check out the reviews and book a table with SquareMeal today.

Posted on 18 March 2019

Best pizza restaurants in London


Pizza Pilgrims Soho

Pizza Pilgrims Soho

£30 - £49
Pizza
Italian

11 Dean Street, London, W1D 3RP

"One of London's best pizzas!" trumpets one ardent fan, and we're inclined to agree with his verdict. Occupying a prime corner spot, Pizza Pilgrims started out as brothers Thom and James Elliot in a van on a pilgrimage across Italy to find a pizza worth worshipping. The pair clearly succeeded in their mission because their covetable and crisp Neapolitan sourdough pizzas belie the capabilities of a cramped open kitchen. "Excellent authentic ingredients" go into toppings such as portobello mushroom and truffle or margherita and n'duja, with back-up from sides of smoky tomatoes with buffalo mozzarella or piquant marinated artichoke hearts with prosciutto. Lemon sorbet or gelato from nearby Gelupo are spot on for dessert, while the drinks range from Italian and British craft beers to cocktails in tumblers, plus the specially created lemon Pococello. "Brilliant value for money" too.

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Franco Manca Brixton

Franco Manca Brixton

Under £30
Pizza
Italian

Unit 4, Market Row, London, SW9 8LD

Since opening in 2008, this miniature artisan enterprise has built a cult following – thanks to the quality of its wood-fired sourdough pizzas, which are cooked in a special Tufac brick oven imported from Naples. Locals are attracted by the rock-bottom prices and meticulously sourced ingredients, so it’s no wonder that queues form around the block for a taste of Franco’s delicious offerings. Just six different versions are available, topped with various combinations of tomatoes (imported from Salerno), Gloucester Old Spot ham, sausages from Brindisa, organic mozzarella and ricotta produced at Alham Wood in Somerset, fresh herbs, mushrooms and the like. Charcuterie platters and panuozzi (flame-baked bread with various toppings) play a supporting role, while drinks range from a pair of Piedmontese organic wines (red or white) to Sam Smith’s organic blond beer.

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Quartieri

Quartieri

£30 - £49
Pizza
Italian

300 Kilburn High Road, London, NW6 2DB

This buzzing spot proves there’s plenty of appetite for proper, Neapolitan pizza in Kilburn. Inside the bare brick-lined, gold-tinted dining room, you’ll find recipes inspired by Pizzeria Trianon Vomero (pizza royalty in Naples). The result is large, chewy sourdough specimens with plenty of topping. Fior di latte looms large on many pizzas – proudly sourced from the Agerola municipality of Naples, as is the smoked provola on the Giallo Del Vesuvio, a must-order combo of Vesuvius yellow cherry tomatoes and guanciale. Overall, the pizza list is conservative, but there’s ample choice and kids’ sizes are also available. The daily specials board might yield two pasta options, and the succinct clutch of starters includes caprese, sharing boards of charcuterie, and frittura. Wines are all-Italian, keenly priced and helpfully annotated; alternatively, you can choose draught Italian craft beers. Quartieri isn’t interested in breaking new ground, but it does deliver value and undemanding dinners. 

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Oliveto

Oliveto

£30 - £49
Pizza
Italian

49 Elizabeth Street, London, SW1W 9PP

One of a quartet of Sardinian restaurants in Belgravia, bubbly Oliveto attracts a younger crowd than its siblings – thanks largely to its terrific stone-baked pizzas. If a thin-crusted beauty topped with, say, spiced Italian sausage and onions doesn’t take your fancy, there are also rousing and ‘imaginative’ pastas ranging from aubergine, walnut and ricotta ravioli to spaghetti with sea urchins and chilli. To finish, bitter-honey frozen yoghurt beats tiramisu in the innovation stakes. The wine cellar tours the vineyards of Sardinia, or you can opt for a glass of the island’s hoppy Ichnusa beer. A jazzy olive-leaf design and polished wooden tables create a good-time vibe, and smiley staff look like they’re enjoying themselves as they feed locals and tourists seeking a change from the big chains. ‘Not fancy, just excellent’, chimes one fan.

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50 Kalò di Ciro Salvo

50 Kalò di Ciro Salvo

Under £30
Pizza

7 Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5BY

Third-generation master pizzaiolo Ciro Salvo is the man behind celebrated Neapolitan pizzeria 50 Kalò di Ciro Salvo, which has now made its way to London, debuting in a large site just off Trafalgar Square. Surrounded by chain restaurants and tourist gift shops, it feels like an odd location for a brand that is so revered.

The interiors are also a little jarring – the building’s gorgeous shell (double-height ceilings, marble columns) clashes with a Dennis the Menace-style mish-mash of red and black chairs, and cosy, cushion-covered booths.

But turn a blind eye to all of that, because the food here is knock-your-socks-off good. The menu kicks off with a concise selection of starting snacks, such as thick potato croquettes coated in crisp breadcrumbs, and a small, tightly-packed block of omelette packed with melted cheese and ham.

The pizzas, though, are the stars of the show, each with a soft and thin Neapolitan-style base, complete with crispy outer edges and charring marks. We opted for the carbonara: a creamy white base topped with smoky strips of bacon, drizzles of oil and a dusting of pepper. Elsewhere, the veggie 50 Kalò pizza saw clumps of gooey mozzarella (flown in from Campania) studded with silky roasted tomatoes and olives.

Friendly Italian staff and prices on a par with less impressive pizza chains are further pluses. There are side dishes available too, but we’ll doubt you’ll need to order any more after finishing off one of these hefty pizzas. Don’t forget to save some crusts to scoop up the pools of glorious leftover sauce – trust us, you’ll want to savour every bite.

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Made of Dough

Made of Dough

Under £30
Pizza

182 Bellenden Road, London, SE15 4BW

Wood-fire sourdough pizza is certainly having its moment. And it’s a particularly memorable one at the permanent home of Brixton pop-up/street food joint Made of Dough, on Peckham’s foodie hub, Bellenden Road. Toppings cover the classics (margherita with San Marzano tomato, fior di latte mozzarella and fresh basil) and more unusual options such as a subtly smoky white pizza of chargrilled artichoke, mozzarella, rosemary and lemon. Sides are excellent, too, including a carpaccio di zucchini with red chilli that’s a perfect summer freshener. To drink, choose from a finely honed cocktail list, fizz, wine (mainly from Spain and Italy) or local craft ales. The decor is clean and pared back and the music is worth making a detour for. Fret not over the lack of a dessert-menu proper: order one of their knock-out gelato shakes – Motherf**king peanut butter and vanilla, with or without a shot of Kahlua (obvs always with), say – and satisfaction is guaranteed.

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Panzo Pizza

Panzo Pizza

Under £30
Pizza

50 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QE

The clean-lined aesthetic of Scandi design is in danger of being overdone, but thankfully those behind Panzo’s pizzeria realise Nordic style doesn’t begin and end with oddly placed antlers and sterile severity. A small open kitchen, muted tiled walls and natural wood flooring (complemented by warm, copper accents and some greenery) give a cosy but bright feel – and the menu, too, is comfortingly minimalist. Two starters and two desserts bookend a short list of individually sized Neapolitan-style pizzas: the speciality being double-cooked dough combining rice, soy and wheat flour, creating a lighter base. We enjoyed a spicy ‘Luchino’ of ventricina, ’nduja, mozzarella and chilli; and ‘St Paolo’ (wild mushrooms, goats’ cheese, Gorgonzola, mozzarella, truffle) – both well-balanced, with crispy crusts. Don’t miss the starter of creamy burrata with tomatoes, or the fantastic tiramisu. A tight collection of wine (all on tap), and decent prices also make Panzo a solid, casual option.

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The Bird in Hand

The Bird in Hand

£30 - £49
Italian

88 Masbro Road, London, W14 0LR

Anyone familiar with The Oak in Westbourne Grove will recognise the style at its sibling – a converted, one-time boozer not far from Olympia. Despite its pubby name, The Bird in Hand is essentially a “buzzy” neighbourhood eatery specialising in rustic regional Italian flavours. On offer, you’re likely to find a range of imaginative small plates divided into ‘garden’, ‘sea’, ‘land’ and ‘heaven’ – think wild mushroom arancini with chilli jam, cod croquettes with lime aïoli, lamb rump with black olive, parsley and caper salad or caramel nut tart with pear and praline ice cream. The highly popular, 12-strong line-up of pizzas also “deserves a special mention” (they’re “delicious” says a fan), while the wine list has some robust Italian bottles in addition to decent stuff from elsewhere in Europe. Italian aperitifs, cocktails and proper Italian coffee are also available at the “lovely” bar.

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Princi

Princi

£30 - £49
Cafes
Italian

135 Wardour Street, London, W1F 0UT

“Perfect if you don’t fancy a packed Soho bar or full-on restaurant”, Princi is a seriously popular all-day pit-stop noted for its “fabulous Milanese decor” and “gorgeous Italian light bites”. Set up by serial restaurateur Alan Yau, the light-filled café does a roaring trade in chic breakfasts, all-too-tempting cakes, savoury pastries and colourful salads, with fresh juices, proper coffee, Italian wines and cocktails to wash it all down. It’s terribly chic, although it can seem like a “touristy madhouse” at peak times – even if the place is well managed by staff dressed in spotless white uniforms. Berths at the high communal tables and street-facing counters are at a premium, and there’s also plenty of action in the adjoining restaurant, where table service and a menu of excellent wood-fired pizzas beckon. There are queues for takeaways, too.

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The Oak - Westbourne Park Road

The Oak - Westbourne Park Road

£30 - £49
Pizza
Italian

137 Westbourne Park Road, London, W2 5QL

Originally a boozer, The Oak now plies its trade as a rustic Italian osteria complete with scrubbed wooden tables and a wood-fired pizza oven. Kick off with vitello tonnato, seared squid or toasted bruschetta piled with creamy burrata before tackling an authentic thin-crust pizza, described by one reader as ‘probably the best in London’. If you’re looking for a sophisticated topping try char-grilled zucchini, salted ricotta and truffle oil, otherwise satisfy any carnivorous cravings with Tuscan pork sausage and porcini. There are also a few please-all mains ranging from calf’s liver with ratte potatoes and butternut squash to seared tuna with wild rocket and salsa verde. The no-bookings policy can irritate, but you can always head upstairs for ice-cold martinis and dinky cicchetti nibbles while waiting for a table. Service receives praise.

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Four Hundred Rabbits Crystal Palace

Four Hundred Rabbits Crystal Palace

Under £30
Pizza

30-32 Westow Street, London, SE19 3AH

This welcome addition to Crystal Palace’s Triangle offers simple things done well: sourdough pizza, craft beers, ice creams from Gelupo, and Allpress coffee. Its name references Aztec folklore (400 rabbits, apparently, were the offspring of the goddess of alcohol and the god of fermentation) and its decor reinforces the fun vibe, with girders painted jewel-green, a domed pizza oven daubed with Aztec markings, and peg boards covered in tongue-in-cheek, rabbit-themed flyers. The pizzas have crisp bases and generous toppings featuring mainly seasonal British ingredients: our favourite heaved with wafer-thin strips of courgette, feta, pine nuts, and garlic; inventive specials include cured pig’s cheek, smoked Lincolnshire Poacher cheese and sweetcorn. These go brilliantly with a citrussy Pilsner from Fourpure, one of nine craft beers provided. For dessert, build your own posh sundae – and unless you’re on a date, bag a spot at the communal table, in the thick of the action.

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Santa Maria Ealing

Santa Maria Ealing

Under £30
Pizza
Italian

15 St Mary's Road, London, W5 5RA

Opened on Valentine’s Day 2010, Santa Maria is the real deal for lovers of pizza – complete with congenial young Neapolitan owners and a traditional Italian wood-fired oven. It’s a tiny place and queues are common (there’s a no-bookings policy), but provenance is important here – from the Caputo flour used for making the crisp pizza bases to the La Donzelletta mozzarella in the toppings, and the Gelati Oddono ices for afters. Perhaps start with some garlicky focaccia or aubergine parmigiana, before deliberating on the choice of nine pizzas: the San Mattia with mushrooms and truffle oil is particularly alluring, or you might fancy a calzone stuffed with salame and ricotta. The drinks list is also a concise read, with wine limited to ‘red’ or ‘white’ by the glass, bottle or carafe, plus beer from Peroni.

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Bocconcino

Bocconcino

£50 - £79
Pizza
Italian

19 Berkeley Street, London, W1J 8ED

Moscow-meets-Amalfi at this Russian-backed Italian, which - on the plate at least – does a pretty good job of whisking you away to an Italian trattoria. Cavernous Mayfair-by-numbers interiors (Imposing reception desk? Tick. Plush beige seats? Tick. Columns, muted colour scheme and lots of giant chandeliers? Tick, tick, tick.) are a million miles away from an alfresco table at a piazza, but it’s the quality of ingredients and an expert pasta chef that does the talking here.

We kicked off with a creamy, oozing buratta with cherry tomatoes and some exquisite wafer-thin coppa, before being bowled over by the quality of the freshly made pasta. Bright yellow tagliatelle swimming in a buttery sauce and topped with a decadent, perfumed and nutty black truffle, and a comparatively rustic (but devilishly hard to perfect) pici cacio e pepe – tagiatelle with pecorino Romano and black pepper – were truly bellisimo. The lengthy menu also features a host of trattoria staples – veal Milanese, frittura mista - as well as over a dozen pizzas. For desert, hazelnut semi-freddo is a good pick. This being Mayfair, service is top-notch and there’s a sommelier to help guide you through the Italian wine list, although none of this comes for cheap.

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Osteria Basilico

Osteria Basilico

£50 - £79
Pizza
Italian

29 Kensington Park Road, London, W11 2EU

‘Osteria’ is an apt description of this Notting Hill institution, where diners are treated to unpretentious cooking served by a friendly ‘host’ in a bucolic setting of antique pine dressers, dried flowers & scrubbed wooden tables, that hasn’t changed since the early 90s. Pile your plate with appetising morsels from the antipasti buffet, or opt for starters ranging from deep-fried calamari to smoked mozzarella. Pizzas are the real deal with thin crusts & traditional toppings although pasta is the true star: exemplary spaghetti alla vongole with cherry tomatoes makes you realise how good this seafood classic can be. Secondi of char-grilled tuna or lamb cutlets with rosemary sauce are made with prime ingredients, with price tags to match – stick to pasta & a glass of house wine if you want change from £20.

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Pizza Union Spitalfields

Pizza Union Spitalfields

Under £30
Pizza

25 Sandy's Row, London, E1 7HW

Offering super-quick pizzas at prices lower than most City side dishes, this casual and lively canteen-style diner is consistently busy, despite its backstreet location. The open-plan, high-ceiling space takes a no-frills, stripped-back approach to decor, with long wooden communal benches throughout. The draw here is simplicity and great taste: order and pay at the counter, collect a buzzer and sip a beer while you wait. Roman-style, thin and crispy 12 inch pizzas start at £3.95 for a margherita, with the most expensive a mere £6.50. Our Calabria had creamy mozzarella and mascarpone paired with peppy n’duja sausage, the pizza striking a good balance between crisp and gooey. Gluten-free dough is offered for an extra £1, while desserts include dough rings stuffed with Nutella. Frequented by young professionals and students, this has become a local favourite for a fun post-work fill-up.

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Pizza East Shoreditch

Pizza East Shoreditch

£30 - £49
Pizza
Italian

56 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JJ

Always jam-packed, the brilliant Shoreditch branch of the Pizza East mini chain continues to deliver the goods. Funky, ‘attentive’ staff whizz round the outsized, wood-heavy dining room, delivering fine pizzas with full-flavoured toppings such as San Daniele ham with mozzarella, porcini and pecorino or guanciale (pork cheek) with burrata and cipollini onions, while pizza-phobes can seek solace in big boards of charcuterie, osso bucco or sea bass with borlotti beans and peppers. Starters are a step up from your typical pizza joint, too, whether it’s a plate of fritto misto or a bowl of chicken livers on polenta with a spicy calabrese sauce. The Italian-leaning wine list does the job, with plenty of choice under £30. Afterwards, head downstairs to the aptly named Concrete bar for thumping beats – and even a spot of ‘musical bingo’.

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Temper Covent Garden

Temper Covent Garden

£30 - £49
Steak
South American
Barbecue

5 Mercer Walk, Mercers Yard, London, WC2H 9FA

Chef Neil Rankin has decided on Covent Garden as the location for his third Temper site, following branches in Soho and the City. It’s one of a growing number of decent restaurants opening in an area that’s keen to shake off its tourist-trap reputation. Although the decor here follows brand guidelines (note the central counter kitchen), the focus is on small starting plates of pasta followed by giant sharing pizzas for mains.

The pasta, especially, impresses: we enjoyed golden, nugget-like fried tortellini filled with melted St-Marcellin cheese and a stream of honey; and were also taken by the stringy lardo carbonara, a creamy delight that dissolves on the tongue. Next, Temper’s pizzas are all in good fun – even if they occasionally seem to favour appearance over flavour. We tried the Detroit, a rectangular sharing pizza with puffed-up dough, and opted for half-and-half toppings: the sinfully dirty ‘cheeseburger’ option mixes tender aged-beef ragu with a mouth-puckering combination of sharp pickles, tangy burger sauce and fiery yellow mustard, while the goat ragu choice is like posh spag Bol on a pizza: as homey and comforting as it sounds.

The calorific theme continues for afters, via desserts such as the indulgent, gooey deep-dish Nutella cookie. Keenly priced and plenty of fun – and with a well-stocked bar to boot (tuck into Vermouth, Negronis or Aperol Spritz) – Covent Garden’s Temper is a solid option for a night of ‘screw the diet’ feasting and drinking.

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Zia Lucia Holloway

Zia Lucia Holloway

Under £30
Pizza
Italian

157 Holloway Road, London, N7 8LX

‘How do you solve a problem like pizzeria?’ – or more aptly, the lack thereof in Holloway? By opening one, of course, and serving charcoal-dough bases so delicious the hungry hordes flock there. Zia Lucia is a respectable little outfit, with a rustic-inspired interior, an authentic wood-fired oven and even a little counter for a Spritzer and a dollop of burrata. But the star draw, aside from the warm service, is the pizzas themselves. Try the Arianna (mozzarella, fresh sausage, Taleggio, pecorino and truffle honey) for something different, and match your topping to your lifestyle: health-conscious diners are catered for with both wholemeal and gluten-free bases. The charcoal variety has a subtle hint of smoke, without any bitterness. Drinks are cheap (£5.50 for a Spritzer) and generously portioned, as are starters and salads (the roasted butternut squash with sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes and capers is best). A new neighbourhood gem is born.

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Hai Cenato

Hai Cenato

£30 - £49
Italian

2 Sir Simon Milton Square, London, SW1E 5DJ

The buzzing centrepiece of the shiny new Nova development near Victoria station, Jason Atherton’s homage to his favourite New York pizzerias is tricky to locate, but once inside you’ll find a slickly designed, noisy space lined with plate-glass windows and a wall of chef caricatures that’s proving popular with restaurant nerds. The line-up of sourdough pizzas includes plenty of “big hits”, from goats’ cheese and zucchini to a “hearty” combo involving lamb neck and aubergine, but that’s just the beginning. The kitchen also deals in “simple flavoursome food” done to Atherton’s usual high standards: confit guinea fowl and Barolo risotto offset by bitter radicchio; corzetti pasta topped with “decadently sticky” venison ragù; perfectly timed whole gilthead bream stuffed with saffron, lemon and fennel – cooking with real heart and soul. Sides of chilli-kissed cavolo nero almost steal the show, although the dish destined for signature status is salted caramel gelato sandwiched in a warm brioche bun. Sure, it feels a tad corporate, but with seven-day opening and a first-floor cocktail bar (The Drunken Oyster), Hai Cenato is a brilliant all-purpose addition to the Victoria scene. 

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Voodoo Ray

Voodoo Ray's Dalston

Under £30
Pizza

95 Kingsland High Street, London, E8 2PB

There are pizza joints and there are pizza joints. At Voodoo Ray’s you’d have to be very hungry to get through an entire pizza – most people settle for two or three slices. Using imported Caputo flour from Italy to make the base, the chefs here produce giant 22-inch pizzas, New York-style. On top you’ll find proper fior di latte mozzarella and a pizza sauce made from genuine imported San Marzano tomatoes. The various options change regularly, featuring such names as King Tubby (fennel and chilli sausage, cavolo nero, marinated tomatoes, caramelised onions) and Shrooms (wild mushrooms, roast butternut squash, Taleggio, red onions), and as ordering by the slice is the norm, customers get to mix and match as much as they like. Wash down your choice with something from the US-leaning craft beer list, or try one of the house Margaritas. 

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Yard Sale Pizza Clapton

Yard Sale Pizza Clapton

Under £30
Pizza

105 Lower Clapton Road, London, E5 0NP

Established by three friends in an actual back yard, this small chain of lo-fi neighbourhood pizzerias is perhaps most famous for being the random and unannounced venue for the UK debut of Macauley Culkin’s covers band (at the original in Clapton). Luckily, the quality of the (punningly named) pizzas – handmade with double-fermented dough, then stone-baked – has sustained the public’s interest since then. The 12- or 18-inch bases come with a variety of both classic and eccentric toppings, from a simple margherita made with fior di latte, to a flavour punch that mixes smoked pig cheeks with roasted pineapple, pickled pink onions and Pollock-esque spatterings of red and green salsas. Location-specific specials are on offer too, with the Walthamstow branch serving a weekend brunch, for example, featuring the likes of garlicky pizzas with dip-worthy egg and optional Marmite. Can’t get a table? Yard Sale have (equally popular) takeaway counters too.

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Portobello Ristorante Pizzeria

Portobello Ristorante Pizzeria

£30 - £49
Pizza
Italian

7 Ladbroke Road, London, W11 3PA

They take pizzas seriously at this lively venue, which attracts a motley crew of celebrity neighbours, regulars & tourists. The slow-rising sourdough takes 42 hours to prepare before being baked in a custom-built oven to give an airy texture & crisp crust, while toppings tick all the usual Parma ham/mozzarella boxes. If you’re famished – or looking to share – then order by the metre. There’s also a daily selection of fresh seafood such as sea bass, bream & squid, which are simply grilled & doused in olive oil & fresh mint for a taste of southern Italy. The rustic-style dining room can get rammed at weekends, so book ahead or be prepared to give your table back after 90 minutes. A large, heated terrace ensures a regular turnover on fine days.

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Il Bordello

Il Bordello

£30 - £49
Italian

Unit G01, Metropolitan Wharf,79 Wapping Wall , London, E1W 3SS

With their dickie bows & dapper waistcoats, the genial old waiters who work the tables at Il Bordello are dab hands at ‘buona sera’. Their old-fashioned cheer works like a charm on the local families & parties of suited types who use this place as a second home. Though it doesn’t actually have red-checked tablecloths & flasks of Chianti, they’re here in spirit – & the prospect of huge bowlfuls of piping hot spag bol or ginormous pizzas helps things along nicely. A vast menu of retro antipasti, meaty ‘secondi’ & suchlike is supplemented by a blackboard of luxurious specials including fillet steak with porcini, lobster aurora & turbot. Throw in an accessible list of Italian wines with plenty below £20 & you can see why booking is absolutely essential.

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NY Fold

NY Fold

£30 - £49
Pizza

103 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0DT

Tired of always ordering Domino’s since becoming Londoners, New Yorkers Michael and Annabel Wheeler opened this ode to Big Apple-style by-the-slice pizzerias. Teaming up with Bruno DiFabio (13-time Pizza World Championships medallist), the Wheelers have gone for broke in this prime tourist spot on the Charing Cross Road. A case filled with hefty takeaway slices greets you at the door and beyond choose between bench-style, booth or table seating, packaged in grey and yellow utilitarian décor. The brick oven produces dense but crisp crusts, with a myriad of varieties. We recommend The Fabio with spicy salami, olives and mozzarella, with a burst of juicy tomatoes giving a much-needed touch of moisture; we found many of the pizzas here hearty and filling but also too dry. Luckily, sloppy and delicious relief comes from the aubergine focaccia ‘Hero’ (a large stuffed sandwich), which was our highlight. Elsewhere there’s pasta dishes and salads that, along with Prosecco, wines and US beers, proves NY Fold isn’t all about the pizza.

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Homeslice Covent Garden

Homeslice Covent Garden

Under £30
Pizza

13 Neal's Yard, London, WC2H 9DP

Originally a pop-up, Homeslice has found a permanent home for its wood-fired pizza oven among the craft stores, rainbow cafés and natural apothecaries of Neal’s Yard. Weekend shoppers and tourists join a young local crowd in the buzzy whitewashed dining room with its plain wooden tables and vintage industrial vibe. There's only one thing on the menu – although a changing roll call of artisan toppings sets Homeslice apart from your average high-street pizzeria. Creative combinations include moist pork belly with zesty chimichurri and smoked onions or white anchovy with chard, Doddington cheese and a spritz of orange zest. All come with perfectly crisp bases and delicious doughy crusts; order by the slice or get stuck into the magnificent 20-inch version, washed down with crisp Saint lager, Prosecco or house wines delivered in measurable magnums (simply pay for what you drink). Takeaway slices, too.

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The Stable Whitechapel

The Stable Whitechapel

£30 - £49
Pizza

16-18 Whitechapel Road, London, E1 1EW

Named after its first venue located in the stables of the Bull Hotel, Bridport, this indie chain is all about hand-crafted organic sourdough pizzas and West Country ciders – a clever edit of the region’s heritage that regularly draws in crowds of hungry and thirsty punters. Inside, a laid-back, help yourself vibe prevails, while the menu offers cheekily named pizzas loaded with regional specialties.

Otherwise, gorge on one of the hand-crafted pies, followed by chocolate brownie with salted caramel sauce and clotted cream for pudding. As a self-proclaimed ‘cathedral to cider’, The Stable also offers a prodigious line-up of artisan brews and there are cider brandies, perries and local ales too.

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Mulberry Street

Mulberry Street

£30 - £49
Pizza
Italian

47 Moscow Road, London, W2 5RT

Elvis would have loved Mulberry Street, not least because the leather booths are the same colour as his treasured purple Cadillac. Although the menu at this groovy, New York-style pizzeria boasts an assortment of pastas & salads (not to mention sautéed king prawns arrabbiata & ‘Milly’s meatballs’), the real draw is the line-up of 20-inch, thin-crust pizzas ranging from a basic margherita to the ‘chicken parmesan’. Kids are distracted by the vintage Tom & Jerry cartoons on the TV screens, while grown-ups knock back bottles of Brooklyn lager or shots of hard liquor. If your appetite isn’t sated by a New York ‘hot’ with extra pepperoni & jalapeños, you can always make like the King & round things off with a whopping hot fudge sundae or chocolate pizza.

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