London's Best Pizza Restaurants

For a slice of happiness

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Not satisfied with rounding up the best fresh pasta London has to offer, we didn't want Italy's 'other' great culinary export to miss out. 

These days you can't swing a salami without hitting somewhere selling pizza in the capital, but most of them leave you decidedly deluso

To ensure your every slice is one of happiness, head to one of the following fully approved vendors.

Franco Manca

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The sourdough pizza revolution in London is owed, in part at least, to Franco Manca. Long queues have been a regular feature outside their expanding list of locations as people jostle for a taste of their chewy, cheesy masterpieces. The beauty of their restaurant lies in their small simple menu - just 6 regular pizzas and daily vegetarian and meat specials. At around £6 a pizza and similarly cheap starters and alcohol, you'll marvel at how small your bill is. 

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Franco Manca, various locations.

Pizza Pilgrims

The pilgrimage of two brothers around Southern Italy discovering its flavours and secrets inspired them to convert a Piaggio Ape van into a mobile pizza oven. That's how the marketing goes, at least. At any rate, now they have three locations which sell fantastic authentic pizza which sags between your fingers exactly the way a good slice should. Their fresh ingredients include delicious offerings of burrata and nduja and their nutella pizza ring is a wicked and wonderful as it sounds. 

Pizza Pilgrims, 11 Dean St, London, W1D 3RP.

Homeslice

In New York they do pizza a little differently - enormous circular creations are sliced into individual portions to enjoy on plastic plates. Homeslice have bought this idea over the pond. Here, you can order whole pizzas split in half in flavour varieties like salami, rocket & Parmesan or goat shoulder, savoy cabbage & sumac yoghurt if you feel adventurous. And don't worry, if you're watching your weight you can still opt for one slice instead of the 20" monsters - but we'd be a bit disappointed in you.

Homeslice, 13 Neal's Yard, London, WC2H 9DP.

Fundi

Brothers Rory and Charlie built their own wood-fired pizza oven and started selling Neapolitan style pizzas in 2012. With combined experience of bush survival, fire making and running a restaurant with no water or electricity, the pair have a lot of love for the natural art of cooking with fire. 

It certainly shows in their cooking which incoporates bold and authentic flavours from their Strianese tomato sauce to the earthy richness in their chestnut mushrooms. You'll never need more than their concise but exquisite 6 pizza menu. 

Fundi at Dinerama, 19 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3EJ.

Lardo

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Currently riding the foodie wave, Hackney is not short on exciting new places to eat. One such spot is  Lardo, a restaurant centred around a giant disco ball pizza oven for your viewing pleasure. Many of their menu choices are marinara pizzas which focus on rich tomato sauce and herbs without cheese - a healthier and full flavoured option if you can live without mozzarella. Lardo also offer gluten-free bases which are some of the best around. 


Lardo, 197-201 Richmond Rd, London, E8 3NJ.

Pizza East

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Soho House's pizza specialist branch began in a former tea warehouse on Shoreditch High Street. It has since been rolled out to Kentish Town, Portobello and as far afield as their hotel in Istanbul. Their pizzas are crammed with complex and fragrant flavours and the Italian cured meats and cheese available from their in-house Deli are similarly divine. 

Pizza East, 56 Shoreditch High St, London, E1 6JJ.

Crate Brewery

Another popular East London pizza firm is Crate Brewery, which is nestled on the water in Hackney Wick. Wade through hipsters to get a taste of their excellently thin and crispy bases topped with adventurous ingredients such as stilton and walnut, lamb and Kashmiri dahl. 

Crate Brewery, 7, The White Building, Queen's Yard, London E9 5EN.

Princi

Artisan Milan-style bakery, Princi, is a favoured Soho lunch spot. Their pizza from the counter is soft and square shaped (traditionally, Italians only eat circular pizza in the evening as this is when the wood fired ovens are turned on). Although different from your usual order, their cotto and mushroom rectangles are still heavenly and at this size, you won't feel bad having pizza for lunch.

Princi, 135 Wardour St, London, W1F 0UT.

Pizza Union

Serving fire baked roman-style thin crusts, Pizza Union are a great option if you spy one on your travels. Their food is fast but excellent, and with margaritas starting at a bewildering £3.95, you'll be popping down for a fix frequently. Their home-made dips - particularly the aioli - are worth grabbing and liberally dunking each slice in too. 

Pizza Union, 246-250 Pentonville Rd, London, N1 9JY.

Made Of Dough

With a kiosk in Brixton and  a current pop-up at Market Yard in Shepherd's Bush, Made Of Dough is fast becoming popular. They are an authentic, simple pizza restaurant whose burrata and truffle offering is a game changer. Started by two friends, one from Campania the other Andalusia, they make proper Neapolitan pizza influenced by Southern Spain.

Made Of Dough49 Brixton Station Rd, London, SW9 8PQ.

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