Mayfair Pizza Co., Mayfair

_DSC7543blendAs a general rule, we’re a little suspicious of restaurants professing to offer “gourmet pizzas”. The South Bank’s Gourmet Pizza Co. for example, is notorious for serving up anything but, while attempts to pimp the humble Margherita with luxe ingredients like lobster or salmon have a tendency to arrive as Fire & Stone-esque monstrosities. Continue reading

Earlham Street Clubhouse, Covent Garden

Frat-boy fun masks some underwhelming pizza at this ode to Americana

Earlham Street Clubhouse

Having been something of a pizza wilderness in years gone by, Covent Garden has become increasingly well-served in that department of late, with nearby Sartori recently joined by the first permanent outpost of by-the-slice specialists, Homeslice. Earlham Street Clubhouse is the latest name to add to the list, having opened at the back end of last year amid much fanfare. Continue reading

Princi, Soho

Classy pizza and a buzzing atmosphere in this sprawling Soho bakery

PrinciThe prospective diner taking a glance through some online reviews of Princi could be forgiven for feeling baffled as to what exactly the Soho venue is offering, pizza-wise. While half the write-ups we perused before our visit waxed lyrical about wood-fired Neapolitan delights, at least as many again displayed pictures of an unappetising range of doughy, door-stop pizza-breads. Continue reading

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