L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele comes to Soho.
Proclaiming anything ‘the world’s best’ is fraught with peril, particularly when it comes to a dish which inspires such tribal loyalties as pizza. It’s a landscape littered with arguments, even before you get to the Big Debates like pineapples on pizza (nope), or the whole deep dish debacle (good, but will never compare to the classic). Still, the general consensus has bestowed the accolade upon Naples’ L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele, and they’re just about to open a second London spot.
Yes, that does mean there’s already a site in London reportedly serving the world’s best pizza, and somehow you haven’t been to it yet (it’s on Baker Street, just FYI). Happy news means they’ll be arriving in Soho rather soon, taking over the site of the original Patisserie Valerie.
Though there’s no word on an opening date, we do know the menu will feature L’Antica’s heavy hitters. The legendary marinara and margherita pizzas are both present and correct – you can also have them combined in the ‘marita’ – whilst more exotic fare comes in the form of O’Cazone, topped with pressed pork, salami, and ricotta. The very extra amongst you can even get that fried, which sounds a glorious descent into a food coma.
L’Antica’s position atop the global pizza tree – helped massively by an oft-referenced appearance in Eat Pray Love – is something you’d obviously be wise to decide for yourself. Might I suggest a rigorous taste test conducted over multiple courses, perhaps?
Exactly opening date is TBC, but you’ll find it at 44 Old Compton Street, Soho, W1D 4TY sometime later this year.
Featured image: @anticapizzeriadamicheleuk
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