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.

Baz & Fred - Flat Iron Square

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Nice story to this one: Baz's godfather, the sculptor and engineer Dan Chadwick, designed an oven that bears his name (and goes 0-500 degrees in 10 mins), inspiring the two young friends to start making pizzas which have rapidly inspired a devoted following in the capital.

Their new spot in the laid back environs of Flat Iron Square is a perfect setting to devour pizzas with all the usual classic toppings and some particularly excellent crusts (with garlic mayo for dipping).

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bazfred.com, Flat Iron Square

Franco Manca

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.

Franco Manca, various locations.

Pizza Pilgrims

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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

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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

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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.

Firezza

Anyone familiar with the pizza ordering scene in London - so everyone in London, then - will know all about Firezza. They've been quietly ferrying proper pizza to the doors of people smart enough to eschew Dominos for years. Now, they've opened a parlour proper in the heart of Soho, and it's brilliant. Fresh and tasty as ever, you can kick back with a beer and enjoy your favourite order in a cool spot on the capital's best people watching street. It's probably the best value option on this list, too.

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firezza.com, 22-25 Dean Street, Soho, London, W1D 3RY

Lardo

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

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.

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

Crate Brewery

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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.

Radio Alice

Brothers Salvatore and Matteo Aloe opened their first pizza place in Bologna back in 2010. Having taken their home country by storm, they opened Radio Alice on Hoxton Square earlier this year and it's gone so well that Clapham now gets to try these special sourdough pizzas too. The USP here is that the toppings are added once the dough is already cooked, so nothing is remotely squishy and all flavours remain perfectly in tact. Toppings are seasonal and artisan-quality, opt for either the 'nduja one, or the white pizza base covered in speck, gorgonzola walnuts and honey.

67 Venn Street, London, SW4 0BD; radioalicepizzeria.co.uk

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 Dough, 49 Brixton Station Rd, London, SW9 8PQ.