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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B-Soho, Soho

A welcome new addition to a former pizza wasteland

BSoho 1It’s surprising, given the concentration of restaurants catering to practically every cuisine under the sun, that Soho isn’t exactly overburdened with great pizza. Taking aside the ubiquitous Pizza Express and the pleasant but workmanlike Soho Joe, the humble pizza seems to be woefully underrepresented in the area. Continue reading

Bounce, Holborn

Pizza and ping-pong are clearly here to stay…

Bounce 2Typical. You wait years on end for one pizza and ping-pong joint to open in London… okay, so we’d never previously found ourselves pining for the combo until now, but it seems as though table tennis is the new bar trend du jour and some higher power has decided that pizza is its perfect partner. Continue reading

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

Crate Brewery & Pizzeria, Hackney Wick

Craft beer and stone-baked pizzas on the waterfront

After a gold-tinted summer in which the Eastern corner of the capital has revelled in the spotlight of the Olympic and Paralympic games, attention is beginning to turn to the much-trumpeted “legacy” project that plans to continue the regeneration of this neglected part of London. While nearby Shoreditch has long been packed with heaving restaurants and bars, Hackney Wick is still in its relative infancy as a foodie destination. However, things already seem to be moving in the right direction. Continue reading

Forza Win, Bethnal Green

The Forza Win team seem right at home in their second rooftop pizza supperclub

“Don’t be alarmed,” we said to our friends as we turned off Hackney Road and into a grim industrial estate in search of Forza Win’s new rooftop venue. “It’s definitely around here somewhere.” We soon spotted a lonely and somewhat incongruous figure sporting a Forza Win t-shirt and clipboard who turned out to be the venture’s co-founder Bash. He directed us off the street, through an empty garage, up a fire escape, past some barbed wire and out onto the Forza Win roof terrace. Which is lovely. Continue reading

Franco Manca, Brixton

The original branch of this expanding Neapolitan chain remains a cut above the rest

Brixton Market and neighbouring Brixton Village have gradually become a Mecca for South London foodies over the past couple of years. The place is regularly jam packed at weekends, with salivating punters eager to sample the latest pop-up taco stand, mouthwatering burger joint or authentic Thai curry house. However, one of the finest restaurants in the whole operation was one of the earliest to set up shop, with Franco Manca continuing to draw a crowd of dedicated pizza-lovers week in week out. Continue reading

London Pizza Blog at the Forza Win launch

London’s newest supper club puts pizza in the spotlight

The upside of dinner at a supper club is the promise of an intimate setting with restaurant quality food. The downside is the occasionally cramped surroundings into which wannabe restauranteurs cram their “guests” like sardines. Happily, Forza Win provides all the allure of the former while dodging the pitfalls of the latter by staging their newly opened supper club on the spacious roof terrace of an East London office block. 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

Strada, Royal Festival Hall

The high street contender serves up reliably tasty pizzas in a prime riverside location

When it comes to high street pizza, the ubiquitous Pizza Express has done its best to corner the market. With 400 restaurants in the UK alone, the black and white stripes can be found on every major high street, with stablemates Zizzi and ASK (they all come under the umbrella of Gondola Holdings) mopping up any stray customers. Tricky then for another contender to operate in such a crowded market, but Strada has managed to carve its own niche nonetheless. Continue reading