When life gets tough, there's always pizza. And when life is great, pizza works then too.
The best part is you don't have to fly south to get your hands on the good stuff – irresistible pizzas can be found right here in the capital. They're the real deal Italian fare, fast-cooked for maximum authenticity. For the best slice this side of Rome, give these London-based pizza places a go.
1. Santa Bufalina, Santa Maria Pizzeria
Is pizza really pizza unless it's cooked up Napoli style? At Santa Maria, each slice is authentic Neapolitan, hand crafted with true Italian passion and baked in a wood fired oven direct from the motherland. Notable favourites include the Santa Bufalina, made with proper buffalo mozzarella.
Where: Santa Maria Pizzeria, Ealing
2. Number 5, Franco Manca
Serving up creative topping combinations on a sourdough base, Franco Manca are a surefire success. With a modest menu, each dish is crafted with care. Take their Number 5 Pizza. Their signature tomato, garlic and mozzarella topped sourdough is dressed with briny olives, anchovies and capers and a sprinkling of oregano for a down-by-the-sea Mediterranean taste.
Where: Franco Manca, multiple London locations
3. GF Queen Vegan, Voodoo Ray's
At Voodoo Ray's, bigger is always better. Whether you want a feast for friends, or a little something for yourself, your pizza cravings are covered. Flavour wise, the the gluten-free Queen Vegan makes sure everyone can get in on the fun – topped with artichoke hearts, green olives, tomato sauce and basil pesto.
Where: Voodoo Ray's, Shoreditch
4. Margherita, Crust Bros
You can't beat a classic. At Crust Bros, time-honoured is done effortlessly. Taking simple, elegant ingredients and making basic dough, cheese and tomato sauce taste that good is an art form. As is their margherita. With a dash of extra virgin olive oil and beautiful basil leaves for that little aromatic hit, could it get any better?
5. 'Nduja, Pizza Pilgrims
Pizza Pilgrims stemmed from foodie friends wanting to live life on their own terms. With a map of Italy, a pizza pilgrimage and a three-wheeled pizza oven, the concept was born. Serving up incredible eats across London, it's a must-stop on your very own pizza pilgrimage. And to get you started, the Margherita base topped with spicy nduja is bellissimo.
Where: Pizza Pilgrims, Covent Garden and Shoreditch
6. Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella and Parma Ham, Princi
A highly popular choice with locals, you know you're in good hands with Princi. With fresh seasonal ingredients and a pizza menu that follows suit, you're given the perfect excuse to try something new every single time. But first, try the Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella and Parma Ham – its lavishly draped smoked pancetta and sweet onion is a reliable crowd-pleaser.
Where: Princi, Soho
7. Veal Meatballs, Cream, Prosciutto and Sage, Pizza East
Rustic pizza is always a winner. At Pizza East, it comes hot out of the wood oven and topped with the freshest local ingredients. Using sourdough to get that crispy, crunchy base, popular orders include the classic Buffalo mozzarella, tomato and basil combination – but our favourite is the white-based prosciutto pizza, topped with sage and authentically Italian polpette veal meatballs.
Where: Pizza East, Kentish Town
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