From classic toppings to the truly unconventional, here’s where to find the best pizza in the capital
Words Jada De Cinque
Top places to eat pizza in London
Who doesn’t like pizza? Noone. So naturally, we’ve attributed a national day of celebration to the Italian superfood. It all kicks off this weekend on Saturday 9th February, with London’s pizzerias and restaurants going all out to showcase their finest fare. Here is our round-up of where to eat on National Pizza Day in London.
Renowned for its pizza dough varieties and with three locations across London, Zia Lucia is the perfect place to indulge on the Italian classic. We love the Arianna; a delicious pizza bianca topped with mozzarella, fresh Italian sausage, taleggio goat cheese, pecorino cheese and a truffle honey drizzle.
Zia Lucia X The Athenian
Zia Lucia Boxpark Wembley has teamed up with purveyors of exceptional Greek street food, The Athenian, to create a special pizza that blends the flavours of Greece and Italy. Classic Grecian ingredients – halloumi, Kalamata olives and oregano – are combined with traditional Italian ingredients including fresh chopped tomatoes marinated with basil, mozzarella and tomato sauce, to create a fusion food masterpiece.
Harry’s Dolce Vita, Knightsbridge
If it’s a traditional pizza you’re after, you’ll want to head to Harry’s Dolce Vita, an Italian all-day dining restaurant offering all the elegance and the glamour of the 1950s. Harry’s Dolce Vita dough is hand-crafted and blended with a variety of Italian flours to create bases that are truly authentic. Try the Harry’s Dolce Vita favourite, the Bufala & Pesto pizza served on a white base and topped with fresh buffalo mozzarella, sundried tomatoes, Taggiasca olives and a basil and pine nut pesto.
Lost Boys Pizza
Inspired by the cult classic vampire movie ‘The Lost Boy’s’ the eponymous pizza joint has become famous for its black charcoal pizza, killer cocktails and a strictly 80s soundtrack. Menu highlights include Fangs for the Memories: topped with chorizo and bursting with spicy peppers, onion and chilis, and the Frog Brothers Special: a delicious number bedecked with apple-smoked ham, artichokes and pickled mushrooms. Vegans can enjoy a range of dedicated toppings including the Kale all Vampires: a pizza crafted with kale, cherry tomatoes, caramelised shallots, lemon zest and oregano.
Heist Bank in Paddington offers an array of delectable toppings like the mouth-watering radicchio, pears, toasted walnut and gorgonzola creation, or the meaty wild boar sausage, potato, rosemary and chill. Pair your perfect pizza with a local craft beer and settle in for the evening.
Cecconi’s Pizza Bar, Soho
To celebrate National Pizza Day, Cecconi’s Pizza Bar will be dishing out thirty complimentary pizzas to those quick enough to get them. They’ll also be donating £1 to Action Against Hunger for every person served on the day.
From 12pm on Saturday 9 February; cecconipizzabar.com
Pi Pizza Battersea & Winchester
Pi Pizza is going all out for National Pizza Day by offering its diners bottomless pizza and a cocktail. The team of Italian chefs serve delicious artisan pizza using fresh quality produce, with no more than two or three toppings on each pizza. Both the Battersea and the Winchester sites have also teamed up with Foodism’s National Pizza Day initiative to offer 30% off all pizzas – don’t miss out!
Saturday 9 February. Bottomless Pizza for 2 hours from 11.45am – 5pm – no restriction on pizza size; £15 per person; pi-pizza.co.uk
In exciting news for fans of Pizza Pilgrims, the London foodie favourite will launch its first brand new menu since it opened. The famous bases though, are here to stay. Chewy yet soft, flavoursome but with a hint of char, they’re piled high with all manner of creative combinations. The Bread Zepplin is one of the things taking centre stage on the new menu. With this, they’ve reimagined the humble garlic bread as a puffed-up, double fermented dough, dripping in garlic olive oil.
Bobby Fitzpatrick, West Hampstead
The relaxed and retro-in-style Bobby Fitzpatrick’s is the place to go for an old-school American diner pizza. The 1970s-inspired eatery offers classic deep crust pizzas with indulgent toppings such as chicken tikka and lamb doner, as well as retro cocktails.
Radio Alice Pizzeria
Italian pizzaficionados from Bologna, Italy, Matteo and Salvatore Aloe, and Gail’s Bakery co-founder, Emma King, offer delicious and airy sourdough pizza that is perfectly made from it’s crisp edge to it’s heavenly flavoursome slice. Radio Alice Pizzeria exhibits traditional pizza-craft topped with intriguing flavour ingredients and combinations. Named after a pirate radio station from Bologna, they created their own web radio that you can listen to in the pizzerias or online.
Feature Image; radioalicepizzeria.co.uk