If you travel to Naples and have been lucky enough to taste an authentic Neapolitan pizza, you probably are aware that the vast majority of fast-food pizzas knocked out by high street takeaways don’t deliver the same experience. In Naples, there is even a society that governs what a pizza can be made out of, including the dough, the cheese, the tomatoes, and what type of toppings can be put on. However, many Italians have made their way to London to show the rest of the pizza makers just how to perfect the best pizza, and here are some of the very best.
The highly successful restaurateur and Michelin Star chef, Jason Atherton has nine restaurants in London and Hai Cenato is his homage to pizza. Only British milled flour is used for the base, which automatically rules these pizzas out from being authentic Italian. However, the handmade ovens used to cook the pizzas where built by Neapolitan craftsmen. So, there is a fusion between the Italian and the British in these pizza pies. Every month Hai Cenato hosts a guest pizza maker, who displays their skill in this ancient form of food.
Da Michele is a branch of the world famous L’Antica Pizzeria in Naples, which has been plying its trade since 1906. This restaurant located in Stoke Newington was so popular that it was soon followed by a sister site in Baker Street. Because of its popularity and tourist value, expect long delays and queues, but if you persevere and wait patiently then expect a slice of thin and crusty pizza with toppings hanging over the plate.
Moving down to Fulham we encounter another really interesting pizzeria called Picky Wops. If you are a meat eater than perhaps you should avoid this interesting pizza restaurant as it is a hundred percent vegan. The only one hundred percent vegan pizza restaurant in the whole of London. After picking what you would like your base to be made from that includes buckwheat you can then move on to a selection of really healthy toppings. It is a sort of create-your-own pizza place with the addition of BYOB (bring your own booze) to keep the price down.
Pizza Pilgrims made their name from their highly popular food truck, and it became so popular it opened its own proper restaurant. The story goes further, and this popular chain now has nine London restaurants. A new menu has just been released including their favorite classics with some new additions such as double pepperoni and spicy honey. Well worth a try is the Bread Zeppelin, which is a type of garlic bread that is made from double fermented dough dripping in garlic and olive oil. Other notable pizza restaurants in London include Santa Maria, Franco Manca, and Mimmo La Bufala, which all offer their own individually crafted pizzas that are a far cry from the large pizza chains. The success of all these restaurants is offering seasonal produce in their food, and by being creative with their toppings.