Sacro Cuore, Kensal Rise

The team from Santa Maria are on form in their second home              

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Following in the footsteps of London’s best pizzeria is no easy task, even if the feet in question are your own.  We were eager to see how the team from Ealing’s Santa Maria were settling into their second home, in Kensal Rise, so we braved the cold and headed over to Sacro Cuore to see how it measures up. Continue reading

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PING, Earls Court

Party pizzeria serves up a good slice with music, cocktails and ping-pong

It’s not often you find a pizza joint that notifies patrons about its strict policy on drugs, and the sign inside the doorway of PING is much more reminiscent of something you’d expect to find in a bar or club. But the new addition to Earls Court Road is no ordinary pizza restaurant. Continue reading

Saporitalia, Notting Hill

Saporitalia is set to be a hit with its large, unpretentious and authentic pizzas

Booking a table at the last minute in London is challenging at the best of times. Trying to secure a spot for nine people on a Friday evening at a new and already well-reviewed restaurant on fashionable Portobello Road would seem to be a fool’s errand. You can imagine our surprise, then, that this turned out not to be the case at Saporitalia, whose easy-going staff informed us that seating our group that evening would be no problem at all. Continue reading

Pizza East, Portobello

The Shoreditch success story repeats the trick in its new Western home

When the achingly hip Soho House Group announced plans for a Shoreditch-based pizza restaurant back in 2010, we must confess to harbouring doubts. Creating a network of exclusive members’ clubs is all well and good, but how would that initiative translate to the fashioning of a competent pizza?

Happily, our fears were thoroughly confounded by Nick Jones and his team, as Pizza East proved itself well capable of serving up delicious, authentic pizzas to match the see-and-be-seen atmosphere of its trendy, East London setting. Continue reading