It’s not how big it is: it’s what you do with it. Take this new joint in Neal’s Yard’s, which is serving pizzas that wouldn’t be out of place on ‘Man v. Food’.
Served fresh from the wood-fired oven, most of these thin crusts are available by the slice (£4). Or, you can order a whole 20-incher (£20), which is enough to feed you and two of your pals. They’ll even let you have more than one choice of the topping selections if you ask nicely.
A well-put-together margherita can be a little slice of heaven, as can other classic pizzas. But if it’s done right (no chicken, no sweet chilli sauce, no pineapple etc), a bit of innovation doesn’t go amiss. And here they have a couple of ingredient combos that wouldn’t get the green light in Naples, but taste pretty good.
On one, slivers of bone marrow are melted over the tomato base, imparting a meaty savouriness. Scattered with watercress and roasted whole spring onions, the pizza was oozy and delicious with a chewy cornicione (crust). A white anchovy, chard and Doddington cheese pizza also had a good balance; finished with a twist of orange zest it was filled with sweet, bitter and salty notes.
Service was impeccably attentive and chummy, and there are craft beers and even prosecco on draught. The pizzas here are certainly good quality, but it’s hard to achieve a crisp, puffy base when you’re turning out cartwheels. Maybe they should just stop worrying about size…
By Celia Plender
13 Neal's Yard
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Average User Rating
4.3 / 5
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First had this the morning after the Christmas party (much-needed) and absolutely loved it. Would definitely be my first choice for pizza in the area, especially considering the value for money!
This is a gem within the gem of Neal's Yard, bookings are not possible so expect to wait a little while, it's worth it. Once inside, if you look around and judge the 20" to be too much for you and your pizza buddy, think again. Something in the base even makes you want to eat it right to the edge. The toppings are well curated with lovely fresh produce, and the drinks are simple (one choice of either white/red wine or beer) to keep the focus where it should be, on the delicious food. I only work around the corner and this is one of the best eateries I have ever found in Covent Garden.
I have to agree with the more recent reviews below. This place is awesome! It's tucked away in the most amazing location in Neal's Yard near Seven Dials, and the atmosphere inside is great. Think New York pizzeria in the heart of Little Italy. Huge open pizza ovens and even bigger pizzas to share (or have to yourself if you are feeling particularly glutenous!). The pizzas are genuinely of a great standard, and that is hard to come by in London (Pizza East and Franco Manca excepted, of course). There are a variety of toppings, and enough choice to satisfy everyone, even the fussiest of eaters. Give this place a try and I guarantee you'll be trying to organise a group of your friends to go back!
LOVE THIS PLACE. It does what it says on the tin. Simple concept, delicious pizza, good menu, great atmosphere. The only criticism I have is that the venue is a little too small for the demand they've now created - they're too popular for the number of tables they have (although take-away is also a really good option...especially if you work just down the road). If they do expand they'd need to sort out a couple of things.
One - they currently won't seat you unless your whole party is there (they understandably don't take bookings). This is probably because they're so popular, but it's annoying when you're hungry and want to order for you and whoever you're waiting for. Two - they don't do cutlery, but the napkins are rubbish and you end up in a bit of a mess. Actually, they should fix that anyway, regardless of any expansion plans (there aren't any as far as I know btw). If you're not going to invest in knives and forks, at least give us something other than tracing paper to remove the tasty mess!
But other than that, the pizza toppings are really good and the vegetarian options aren't bad at all - i'm not a veggie, but have ordered vegetarian several times because it's super-tasty. Oh, and the pizza either comes in slices or on a 20 inch base - so good for sharing (maybe a bit much for 2, unless you're really hungry, but perfect for 3 people).
Relaxed, sociable environment and simple, tasty food :)
You'd have to be really jaded not to get a kick out of Homeslice. First off, there's the name. If there's no one handing out awards for the most impressively/amusingly/cringe-ily named eateries in London, there should be. I can only assume that if such an organization does exist, Homeslice took home a bunch of trophies at some point.
Then of course, there's the venue. I never had the chance to check out Homeslice when it was a pop-up, so the bricks and mortar are all I know, but I've eaten in and had take-out, and it was an enjoyable experience both ways. I'd definitely recommend grabbing a table if you have the opportunity - it's a cool space inside, and the fact that it's tucked away in Neal's Yard (one of Covent Garden's great little nooks that has you feeling like you should be wand-shopping) makes it feel even more special.
Finally, there's the pizza itself, which is great. Homeslice is one of those places where you walk in and wish you could eat the smell in the air you're greeted with. I'm partial to deep pan myself (which I'm well aware is sacrilegious to pizza aficionados), but the pizza here is almost, ALMOST enough to convert me. They're massive, too.
Things I didn't know before checking out the Time Out User Reviews:
- It's owned by Terry Wogan's son.
- It was once a popular pop-up.
- The menu changes frequently. Guess this is a good reason to revisit.
After being told we’d have to wait around 45 minutes to be seated (luckily Seven Dials isn’t short of watering holes to pass the time), we arrived back at a bustling Home Slice with whistles wetted and suitably peckish.
From the outside this joint looks unremarkable, even dingy in the twilight. But on closer inspection, the confined candle-lit interior is the perfect backdrop in which to devour authentic wood-fired pizza, cooked just metres away in a large dome oven.
Given its humble pop-up beginnings however – Homeslice started life with two guys building their own mobile oven before pitching it in the courtyard of an east-London brewery – the new fixed surroundings sporting basic, canteen-like wooden tables are positively regal.
The pizza is illuminating too and a sociable size to say the
least.All served at a whopping 20”, though
a few staples such as margherita are available by the slice.
Three diners are adequately catered for by a single crusty wheel – though a couple of ravenous blokes would be about spot on.
A 50/50 option is also offered on toppings to mix things up. Although the menu is not expansive it contains some innovative, very-much Anglicised combinations the average pizza punter would not be expecting, as well as a smattering of Italian classics.
Toppings include; cauliflower cheese, aubergine, spinach and harrisa for veggies and shoulder of pork, radish, mint and walnut pesto for the carnivorous diner.
We played the half-and-half card and were not disappointed. Soft chunks of pork and crunchy radish made for a tongue bristling combo in a textural paradise of a pizza.
The other half – a more familiar caprese – was admittedly a little less dazzling.
As there are no bookings though, a criticism which can be fairly levelled on a busy evening is the feeling that your seat is very much hot property, so getting comfortable with a glass of prosecco isn’t on the agenda.
The emphasis at Homeslice is unmistakably on quality over
quantity so creating a relaxed atmosphere should be something the owners
work on to make this work-in-progress a real gem.
Bottom Line: Tidy pizza, but slow.it.down
Have you been to this place before? If not, you haven’t lived!
We went to Homeslice last Friday on a work related team bonding session. Even though it was very busy, the service was quick and we didn’t have to wait long for our food to arrive. The Pizzas were delicious and very good value for money. We are all self-proclaimed pizza snobs and always spend the first ten minutes of our first bite commenting and criticising food. We immediately concurred that the Homeslice pizza was the best we’ve ever had – hands down!
The staff were all very friendly and welcoming, ingredients were fresh and the restaurant was quaint, cosy and full of life. Homeslice will definitely be our regular haunt before we embark on our Friday night shenanigans in the West End.
Not usually one for writing reviews but I cannot recommend this place enough – it would be unjust of me not to share this with you all.
The trade mark team!
I much preferred Homeslice when they were at the Filling Station in Kings Cross but the pizza is by far the best I have had in the UK. The margarita is amazing and all the pizza's I have tried perfectly seasoned which seems to be hard to achieve based on the vast number of overpriced very average pizza's I have had in the past. My only hope would be that they don't expand too much as loose the quality and care put into the pizza's. Homeslice, if you read this, please bring back the amazing pizza you did with the Jersaleum artichoke and fig!!
The menu changes frequently and although might seem obscure initially, every pizza I've tried has been phenomenol! I would highliy recommend this place, it has a relaxed chilled out vibe and great service. Prosseco on top helps too :)
I ate here last night, the main hostess was awfully rude several times and the other two waiters who spoke with us were confused about positively everything. We ended up deciding to get take away - lucky the pizza was nice! I would say the service was by far the worst I have seen in a long time.
Went here excited on a thursday night after some rave reviews but sadly, we left disappointed. The pizza toppings were fine (mushrooom was particularly good, but the salami pizza felt a bit light on salami). At £20 for a giant pizza the meal was good value, cant argue with that. Unfortunately the base of our pizza was completely burnt leaving every mouthful tasting like charcoal. When the waiter asked how everything was I said it was OK aside from being burnt and showed him the base of the pizza and all he said was a quick, "oh, sorry about that mate" and spun on his heel to not pay us further attention for the remainder of the evening! There is also a continuous sense of being rushed out the door. They were taking the plates away while I was still eating my last slice then a few minutes later we were deep in a conversation, with one of the 3 of us getting right into telling a story, this was obvious and we were then interrupted mid sentence with a "I'm so sorry to interrupt, but I was wondering if you were OK for drinks or if you needed anything else?", translation = "you've eaten, gather your things and leave". All in all, got the sense this place is complacent and living off the hype. I won't go back of my own accord when there are so many other good pizza shops in London...
It’s becoming an ever-familiar story; set up a stall, gain a cult following, open a restaurant. Yes, you’ve guessed it – another pop-up’s gone permanent. This time it’s street-pizza heroes Home Slice who have found themselves a bricks and mortar residence in central London. The concept: affordable (and bloody humongous) pizzas and Prosecco. Chef Ry Jessup and his business partner Mark Wogan (that’s son of Terry) have transformed a little unit in Neal’s Yard to a small but perfectly formed pizza den. The place itself is intimate and the décor is simple. Long wooden benches ensure cosy but not uncomfortable conditions (us Londoners have become accustomed to elbow rubbing) and an open kitchen with a wood-fired oven fills the room with a garlicy, toasty aroma. Chalkboard menus hang from the walls and dictate the daily changing 5 choices of pizza, the only constant being Margarita for the boring souls. A whopping 20’’ is only £20 or if you’re watching the waistline, a slice is only £4. Drinks prices are equally straightforward, wine and beer are priced at a reasonable £4 and a glass of Prosecco is £6 – can’t argue with that. Wine is served by the magnum and a ‘pay for what you drink’ system is in place – a dangerous feat for a thirsty wino but a clever trick from them. My glass of Prosecco and a friend’s beer arrive flat, flat as pancakes, flatter than flat things. Now, as hard as it might be to believe I don’t actually like to voice my complaints in restaurants however this couldn’t go unmentioned. An apologetic and frankly rather embarrassed waiter brought us replacements no less than three times, each none the fizzier. They clearly had an issue with the pumps as both were served from taps, so with no spirits on offer and experiencing a slight aversion to wine, I had little other option but to sip the unpleasantly bubbleless liquid. Yum… Pizzas were thankfully better than the drinks, but only slightly. All of the pork-belly had gone by the time we ordered which; to be honest, was by far the most exciting option on offer. So between four we shared a bone marrow, spring onion and watercress, and a white anchovy, Doddington chesse and chard. The hand-kneaded bases were deliciously thin and the crusts hefty and doughy but sparse toppings let them down. The kitchen particularly scrimped on the bone marrow with only a few meagre dollops of the sweet, buttery substance on each slice – thus after a while it became rather bland. I don’t know about you, but I like my pizzas to collapse in the middle with the weight of toppings and be folded over like a floppy envelope ready to be gobbled up – Home Slice’s weren’t so malleable. The anchovy was significantly more flavoursome but an overpowering taste of lemon became a little too sweet for my taste buds after a slice or two – a full one I can image would be rather sickly. Although sparing with the toppings, they’re certainly generous with sizes and for twenty quid you have to pick your battles. Home Slice has all the right ingredients to be a success; the prices are low, the place is cool and location is spot on – but a flat beer and a frugal pizza isn’t going to keep the punters coming through the door. Londoners have never been so food-savvy and competition for their custom has never been higher. Therefore, with establishments such as Pizza East serving (in my personal opinion) hands-down better versions of the Italian classic and fellow street-vendors Pizza Pilgrims cooking up a storm in the food markets it seems Home Slice are going to have to seriously up their game, and until then, I won’t be rushing back.