Pi Shop, Bristol

After a gloriously sunny and rather boozy #GrillStock2017 (a weekend-long festival in Bristol dedicated to smoked and barbecued meat) we thought it only appropriate to make the most of being harbour-side and head to Pi Shop. It’s right next to, arguably, one of the country’s finest restaurants, Michelin-starred Casamia and at the helm is the same chap, Peter Sanchez. I had the pleasure of meeting … Continue reading Pi Shop, Bristol

Yard Sale Pizza, Walthamstow

It’s not an area I frequent often I’ll be honest, but Walthamstow is surprisingly easy to get to. A short 16 minute train ride from Liverpool Street and we’re there – you can even use your Oyster card too! The reason for my visit is a new restaurant opening in the form of Yard Sale. These guys have pizza shops in Finsbury Park and Clapton, … Continue reading Yard Sale Pizza, Walthamstow

Radio Alice, Shoreditch

I first tried brothers Matteo and Salvatore Aloe’s pizzas in Florence, when they flew a small group of us “press” out to one of their 5 pizzerias in Italy. Named Berbere out there, their pizzas are unique in the fact they bake the dough first, then add the toppings. The result is a crisper base, with a crust similar to ciabatta. It’s lush stuff. They’ve … Continue reading Radio Alice, Shoreditch

‘O Ver, Southwark Street

There’s one very big problem with this new Italian restaurant cum pizzeria which has opened on Southwark Street SE1 – it’s worryingly close to my flat. The authentic Neapolitan pizzas are that good (and available to takeaway) I’ve had more than my belly cares to remember in just a couple of weeks. It’s a glass fronted corner spot with a stone floor and white walls … Continue reading ‘O Ver, Southwark Street

Pizza Locadeli, Islington

Pizza Locadeli is a new pop up on Islington’s Upper Street by Michelin starred restaurateur Giorgio Locatelli. The move into a more affordable, every day option makes sense – and it doesn’t get much more affordable than pizza – it’s just a shame it wasn’t any good! On our Friday evening visit the place was packed but a table quickly became available after a short … Continue reading Pizza Locadeli, Islington

Pizza Pilgrims, Kingly Court

I loved Pizza Pilgrims’ first bricks and mortar restaurant in Soho. Before that they used to sell their Neapolitan inspired pizzas out of a tiny van with an oven on the back. So when I heard they were opening another one, a ‘Friggitoria’ in fact (I’m still none the wiser how you pronounce it), I was rather excited. It’s based in Kingly Court in the … Continue reading Pizza Pilgrims, Kingly Court

GB Pizza Co, Margate

I’ve been to Margate a few times and it’s not exactly known for its food offerings; that was until GB Pizza Co came along. We went to their restaurant on Exmouth Market and really loved it so on a sunny Sunday trip to the seaside we couldn’t resist popping into their original. Based on the seafront, it was a simple space with shared tables and … Continue reading GB Pizza Co, Margate

Ticino, Bermondsey Street

  Bermondsey Street isn’t short of great places to fill your gut, what with the likes of Jose, Pizzaro, Casse-Croรปte and Zucca, but one thing the street has certainly been missing is pizza – until now. The Gianelli family have opened an Italian restaurant (complete with pizza oven) called Ticino right opposite their wholesale bakery that they’ve owned for over thirty years. The ground floor … Continue reading Ticino, Bermondsey Street

Pizza Union, Spitalfields

I’ve become a bit addicted to pizza recently and it’s for a good reason; there’s Princi, Pizza Pilgrims, Homeslice, Earlham Street Clubhouse and the new Franco Manca on Tottenham Court Road. There’s even a pizzeria opening on Bermondsey Street – hoorah! When I heard a new place just opened near Spitalfields Market called Pizza Union, I knew I had to try it out. It was … Continue reading Pizza Union, Spitalfields

Earlham Street Clubhouse

Earlham Street Clubhouse is a newly opened bar that serves wood fired thin crust pizzas on Earlham Street in Covent Garden (the same road as Flesh and Buns). I was invited down to give it a whirl and as I’ve recently become addicted to pizzas thanks to the likes of Homeslice and Pizza Pilgrims I was a touch excited. It was quite an unusual layout … Continue reading Earlham Street Clubhouse

Franco Manca, Tottenham Court Road

We first visited Franco Manca at their restaurantย in Chiswick and loved their pizzas and the prices – it’s seriously good value. There’s plans to open quite a few more around London so when I heard they’d set up shop on Tottenham Court Road I hurried myself along there. After a short wait in the cramped doorway (they don’t take reservations) we were taken to a … Continue reading Franco Manca, Tottenham Court Road

Homeslice, Covent Garden

Homeslice originally started out selling pizzas from a homebuilt wood fired oven in the courtyard of London Fields Brewery. After two very popular years it’s finally found itself a bricks and mortar home at Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden. They don’t take reservations so the six of us had a lengthy hour long wait for a table – we could at least wander off and … Continue reading Homeslice, Covent Garden

Pizza Pilgrims

Pizza Pilgrims started out serving pizzas from a tiny green van with an oven stuck on the back in Berwick Street in Soho and it was a hit; everybody loved their Napoli inspired street food. So much so that they’ve decided to open a permanent pizzeria slap bang opposite a Pizza Express on Dean Street. On the ground floor there’s the pizza oven and a … Continue reading Pizza Pilgrims

Princi, Soho

On the left hand side of Princi there’s a restaurant serving pizzas cooked in a wood-fire oven and on the right a cafe which is always absolutely packed. This Italian cafe was originally created by Rocco Princi who already has a successful chain of cafes in Milan but was brought over here by Alan Yaou who owns Hakkasan, Yauatcha and Busaba Eathai to name but … Continue reading Princi, Soho

Franco Manca

I’ve heard good things about the sourdough pizza bases at Franco Manca so my gentleman companion and I finally thought we’d see for ourselves. The original restaurant in Brixton doesn’t take reservations, so as we’ve had just about enough of queueing for our dinner recently, we booked a table at their Chiswick branch. We arrived on a Saturday evening and it was packed and very … Continue reading Franco Manca