With our post-Christmas detox out of the picture for the time being, we’ve developed a sudden craving for the universally satisfying, cheesy goodness that is a good old-fashioned pizza feast.
We once overheard someone say that there’s no such thing as a bad pizza. To be honest, that’s simply not true. However, good pizza is glorious; it’s there to be nurtured, adored and worshipped. Once you find a great pizza place, you can never let it go. Sorry, we got a little carried away there, so without further ado, here are London’s best pizza places, with a somewhat eastward slant.
Housed in a former canal-side print house in Hackney Wick, this is one of the more unique locations to enjoy a hot pizza pie. Featuring a unique wood-inspired décor, Crate serves up the ultimate combination of pizza and beer. Crate offer a vast selection of stouts, bitters and IPAs brewed on site, so you’re bound to find a perfect beer match to complement their wild concoctions, such as the spicy marinated chicken, chestnut mushroom, mozzarella and coriander combination which makes up their Laksa Chicken pizza.
While not strictly a pizzeria, this little neighbourhood eatery has been making a splash in Hackney with its alternative take on Italian classics since opening up in July. Taking a seasonal approach, the menu changes daily, with locally-sourced ingredients generating a wonderfully crafted assortment of pizzas, pastas and cured meats. When it comes to the pizza, we recommend you stick with the charcuterie theme and go for the Lardo pizza, lined with a layer of delightfully creamy cured Mangalitza pig.
There’s no denying that pizza is a street food, and nobody does it better than the guys at Home Slice. This perfectly crafted, Neopolitan-style, wood-fired venue doesn’t mess with the classics, with a simple, yet powerful rotation of options sold by the slice. For the last few months, the Home Slice guys have been traversing the London market circuit and can be spotted outside King’s Cross Filling Station throughout the week, and heading east towards Broadway Market and Ridley Road on the weekends. These days, they’re preparing to take it indoors, with a move to a new location at Neal’s Yard to be finalised in March
With its enigmatic, unmarked exterior on Redchurch Street (Story Deli has no sign outside, save for a mysterious twig above the door), it’s easy to casually stroll right past some of the best pizza London has to offer. With a minimalistic, urban backdrop, diners are seated at giant banquet-like wooden tables. Featuring some of of the city’s most unique pizzas, Story Deli Serve up wafer-thin, yeast-free pizzas on thick wooden cutting boards. Make no mistake, this pizza is all about the toppings.
For those of you who are all about the crust, Franco Manca’s chewy, delicate marvel of a pizza base is a must have. While we’re not fans of waiting for our food (we get grumpy when we’re hungry), we’d gladly make an exception for Franco Manca. Devouring these slow cooked, oven-fired slices of cheesy pleasure feels like you’re eating a little bit of Naples. With four branches throughout the city, you won’t be able to make a reservation, but trust us, it’ll be worth it.