We’ve rounded up seven of the best restaurants in London for a bloody nice slice.
Ah, pizza. It’s helped us through a lot. Hangovers, break ups, everyday carb-cravings. Here are some of the very best in the city, according to us:
1. Zia Lucia
Okay, I’m just going to say it: Zia Lucia has the best pizza in all of London. (Please don’t @ me.) With branches in Islington, Hammersmith and, more recently, Wembley’s BoxPark, you are never too far away from that delicious dough. There are four types to choose from: vegetable charcoal, wholemeal, gluten free or traditional. Their charcoal base is full of flavour, and boasts digestive gas-absorbing capacities (so, er, less post-pizza wind). It’s a winner.
All of their doughs are fermented for 48 hours and baked inside hand-crafted wood-fired ovens – and you can really taste the special treatment. Never before has a margherita been so tempting – especially if you add buffalo mozzarella or, better still, their especially creamy burrata. Other options include ‘La Vegana’ topped with butternut squash cream, fresh tomatoes, asparagus and sun-dried tomatoes, or the ‘Arianna’ with mozzarella, fresh sausage, goat’s cheese, pecorino and truffle honey.
Honestly – and you really have to trust me when I say this – after just one trip to Zia Lucia, you’ll be dreaming about it forever. Find your nearest Zia Lucia here.
2. Lost Boys Pizza
Inspired by the 1987 cult classic The Lost Boys, this oxymoronically (self five for the excellent word) friendly pizzeria boasts a killer 80s soundtrack, a vampire-themed cocktail menu, and some seriously spooky black dough pizzas. If you’re asking me, I’d recommend the ‘Paps Goes To’ pizza, topped with sausage, broccoli and parmesan – and, actually, if you ask the staff too, they’d say the same thing. It’s a bloody great pizza, to be fair. I can vouch for their incredibly tasty charcoal dough, which is best dipped into their spicy pineapple relish (don’t knock it till you’ve tried it).
Their cocktail menu is also pretty damn excellent. Go for the Wild Kidz Old Fashioned, a twist on the classic made with a Cherry Cola reduction, amaro, bitters and Four Roses bourbon whiskey. Or, for something a bit fruitier, try the Lychee and Grapefruit Sling. What’s more, their Mornington Crescent restaurant has a quirky Absinthe Bar hidden beneath it – and there’s also a super-cute secret garden out the back (and we’ve heard rumours of some pretty exciting summer plans ?) Find your nearest Lost Boys here.
Manifesto doesn’t try to be too out-there with their toppings and, instead, they focus on sourcing all the very best, very classic ingredients. Our friends at Fever have a winning offer for a pizza and a drink (including wine and beer) for just £10. Alternatively, gather a group of friends and get four pizzas and a bottle of wine for just £35. Find Manifesto at 148 Northcote Road, SW11 6RD.
4. Pizza Union
Pizza Union is the perfect place to go if you’re craving pizza, but you’re a little strapped for cash. A proper, human-sized margarita costs just £3.95, but, if I were you, I’d opt for the Romana for a modest £6.50, topped with goat’s cheese, pancetta and wild broccoli. If you like it spicy, go for the Calabria with mascarpone, n’duja sausage and rocket. Whatever you choose, you’ll never spend more than £7 (unless you pile your pie with extra toppings). It’s proper Italian pizza for proper cheap prices.
To whom it may concern, they also do a cracking gluten free pizza. It’s a pound extra (obviously), but well worth it if you’re avoiding the nasty G-word. Find your nearest Pizza Union here.
This almighty pizza joint allows you to buy pizza by the slice but, also, you can get a whomping great 20″ pizza for £20. Their flavours are so diverse – for example, kimchi, porcini cream and basil or aubergine, cauliflower cheese, spinach and harissa – so you’re bound to want to mix and match. Their branch in Neal’s Yard is especially cute, but they have a load of restaurants across London. Find your nearest Homeslice here.
6. Crust Bros
Crust Bros is, unsurprisingly, all about that perfect crust. Their dough is left to rise for up to 48 hours before being cooked in the 500 degree wood-fired oven for just 60 seconds. Topped with ingredients that have been handpicked from Italy, the result is a delizioso pizza Straight Outta Naples. The menu works on a build your own basis, where you can pick your sauce, protein, cheese, and any extra veg. Top tip: follow them on Instagram (@crustbros) to discover their daily special, which they’ll sell you for only £5. Find Crust Bros at 113 Waterloo Road, SE1 8UL.
7. Yard Sale Pizza
Yard Sale is far too under the radar for my liking: these guys are bloody kings. Their stone baked pizzas started off as a little project in one of the founders’ back gardens, which has since turned into four restaurants across London. When they launched their first in 2014, they had Macaulay Culkin’s band, The Pizza Underground, play an unannounced UK debut in the kitchen (watch it here). It’s worth trying everything on the menu, but I’d especially recommend the TSB with tender stem broccoli, manchego, pine nuts and garlic. Look out for their regular collaborations, too! Find your nearest Yard Sale here.