London's best restaurants for pizza

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This Italian staple has been elevated far beyond its humble roots. We’ve tried and tested the very best pizza and give you our top ten of London pizzerias. Do you agree with the choices? Use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions.

Franco Manca

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

With its top-notch, UK-sourced (when possible) ingredients, speedy and friendly service, and rapid turnover, the original Brixton branch of Franco Manca remains, for our money, the best pizza joint in London. Both indoor and outdoor seating overlooks the bustling market arcade. Here you can sate a craving for genuine, Neapolitan-style pizza, with a flavourful slow-rise sourdough crust and a variety of traditional and innovative toppings. Purists will prefer either the tomato,

  1. 4 Market Row, Electric Lane, SW9 8LD
  2. Main courses £5-£7.50
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Princi

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Introduced to London by Alan Yau in 2008, this smart outpost of a Milanese bakery chain remains a popular all-day option. It’s an airy, good-looking room, with a sandstone interior, long black marble counters and a (slightly odd) water feature that runs the length of one wall. The food is varied enough to keep diners coming back for more: as well as cakes, pastries and breads, there’s a choice of filled focaccia (parma ham, say, or mortadella), hot dishes (lasagne, aubergine

  1. 135 Wardour Street, W1F 0UT
  2. Main courses £7.50-£11.50
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Mimmo La Bufala

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

It’s just as well portions are large here, as we enjoyed every last flavoursome bite of our meal. Mimmo La Bufala specialises in southern Italian food, with a bias towards mozzarella (of course) and fish. Daily specials might include classics such as osso buco. A starter of sautéed king prawns was deliciously fresh and juicy. Then followed a memorable pasta dish of orecchiette with fresh spinach, creamy ricotta and tangy sun-dried tomatoes – a perfect mix of complementary

  1. 45A South End Road, NW3 2QB
  2. Main courses £8-£29. Set lunch (Fri) £9.50 2...
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Gowlett

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4

The Gowlett still looks like a proper boozer, albeit an antique wood-panelled, minimalist boozer – which is something of an achievement round here. The clue to its popularity is in the dough-scented air as you approach. This place sells the best pizza for miles around. The floury bases, pleasingly thin, taste sensational, and a special mention must go to the nutty organic spelt version, for gluten-free people and those who just love spelt – try it for £1.50 more and a

  1. 62 Gowlett Road, SE15 4HY
  2. Main courses £8-£10
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Pizza East Shoreditch

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The popularity of Pizza East, one of the first bastions of Shoreditch gentrification, hasn’t waned. This Soho House operation still packs out the landmark Tea Building, with hipsters and City boys arriving to eat well past 9pm during the week. The huge warehouse space features sharing benches, industrial decor and more bare brick and concrete than your average multistorey car park. It’s busy, noisy and dark: a formula some people justifiably love to hate. The regularly

  1. 56 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JJ
  2. Main courses £8-£17
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Santa Maria

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Next door to Ealing Studios’ watering hole, the Red Lion, this pocket-sized pizzeria puts real heart into its offerings. Owners Angelo and Pasquale, finding nowhere in London to match the pizza of their upbringing, set about recreating an authentic slice of Naples in W5. Authentic, it doubtless is. Everything from the wood-fired oven to the Caputo flour and parmigiano reggiano is imported; the lightly salted dough is given a 24-hour rise; the tomatoes crushed by hand; the

  1. 15 St Mary's Road, W5 5RA
  2. Main courses £5.45-£10.55
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Il Bordello

  • Rated as: 4/5

Attracting Wapping residents as well as tourists over the years, Il Bordello often sees queues out of the door during the week. Despite its position at the bottom of one of Wapping’s modernised brick wharfs, you could be taking a step back into the 1990s here – complete with tables covered in plastic cloths, and napkins carefully curled into wine glasses. The food, complemented by an all-Italian wine list, is similarly straightforward. A starter of parma ham and melon was

  1. 81 Wapping High Street, E1W 2YN
  2. Main courses £8.95-£29.95
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Al Parco

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4

Walkers coming off Hampstead Heath could do worse than pop in here for a generously portioned, thin-crust pizza fresh from the oven. Al Parco is a small, unassuming outfit turning a decent trade amid a clutter of books and bendy lamps, and walls dotted with old photos of Italian screen legends. The back section is an odd extension that feels like someone’s conservatory, and overlooks a triangle of turf between the Heath and nearby houses. The pizzas are numerous – including a

  1. 2 Highgate West Hill, N6 6JS
  2. Main courses £3.10-£3.20. Set tea (Mon, Sat,...
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Due Sardi

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4

This tiny takeaway kitchen (just a couple of counter seats) serves pizza plus a few Sardinian specialities – spaghetti bottarga (mullet roe), crespelle Due Sardi (ricotta and spinach pancakes) – to the barflies of the cool, dressed-down bar next door, Dreambagsjaguarshoes, between noon and 10pm. Slightly sour, chewy dough provides great contrast to intensely tomatoey passata in the margherita, and we were pleased to taste the finely chopped basil before we saw it– a scatter

  1. Dreambagsjaguarshoes, 32 Kingsland Road, E2 8DA
  2. Pizza: around £7.50
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Pizza East Portobello

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

The former Fat Badger pub has transformed into a swan under the wing of the achingly fashionable Soho House Group, a company that seems to specialise in charging more than its cooking is worth, but compensates diners with fabulous interiors and a feeling of being in with the in-crowd. Refreshingly, this branch of the Pizza East concept doesn’t imitate the hit Shoreditch original. Barring a predilection for white porcelain tiles and the option of bar seating, the two are like

  1. 310 Portobello Road, W10 5TA
  2. Main courses £7-£17
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Eugenio
Eugenio

Born and bred in Naples, I can only think that the 5 stars given to Franco Manca are the result of a Time Out critic who has never actually tasted a real Neapolitan pizza (and I'm talking Sorbillo - http://www.sorbillo.it; Starita a Materdei - http://www.pizzeriastarita.it and Cafasso, to give a few illustrious examples). There is no doubt that Franco Manca's pizze are aesthetically very pleasing. And I can almost forgive the clammy Somerset mozzarella (but not the freezer-cold mozzarella and burrata starters), but the soul of any pizza is in the dough - and Franco Manca's dough is chewy and gummy. Each to his own, of course, but any self-respecting Neapolitan would steer clear. Surprisingly, the best pizza I've had in London is at Rosso Pomodoro in Camden. No contest.

Rick
Rick

This is a good list, you didn't miss Franco Manca and Santa Maria, well done :) Check out this top 5 list written by us, a group of italian friends who's trying to test all the pizzerias in London!

Joe
Joe

Visiting Notting Hill from New Haven, CT (look up our pizza credentials) in the US. Been to Italy 9 times and studied there for a year. Also, tried great pizza in NYC, SF bay area, and Minneapolis (yes, there's excellent Neopolitan & New Haven style pizza there). Read about the London pizza trend so tried East which is interesting but over priced and mediocre. Saporitalia is worlds better, and love that they serve traditional breaded anchovies, which I only ever found at my girlfriend's mom's kitchen! BTW, Otto & Homeslice deserve a visit bc they're so unique.

Anna Ifanti
Anna Ifanti

The not-so-off-the-beaten-track-anymore Hackney Wick based Crate Brewery is our new favourite bar-pizza restaurant that does it all: proper thin crust pizza and a fantastic selection of locally brewed beers, alongside with prosecco on tap a vast selection of imported bottled beers from Belgium, the US and beyond. The pizzas come sizzling hot from a wood fired over (you can even see them being prepared through a semi open plan kitchenette) which are topped with some of the most original and moreish combinations: sweetpotato and gorgonzola with walnuts, laksa chicken, potato sage and truffle oil and the most kick ass pizza margherita, this side of Napoli, amongst others. The hipsterish staff is a laid back group, eager to help out in making beer suggestions at the bar. The surroundings are clearly DIY, boho chick and arty project (re-used mattress springs doubling up as pendants, anyone?) and there are long communal pic nic style tables overlooking Heredford Union canal. Oh and they are open from 9am with breakfast and brunch options too (I'd still get a pizza for breakfast!) The whole experience is very easy going, good beer, good tunes and some of the best pizzas this city has to offer. It's a good thing they're located in Hackney Wick and not in Shoreditch, otherwise it would be near impossible to find a spot. Def worth making the trek on the Orange line. It can get incredibly busy on Friday and Saturday evenings so best to arrive there a bit earlier.

Hannah
Hannah

For me, the best pizza I've eaten in London is Pizzeria Pappagone on Stroud Green Road, London. I would probably go as far to say its, not only the best pizza, but the best Italian in London! If you go you must try the 'pizza parmigiana'- deep fried aubergine pizza! A hit with veggies and carnivores alike.

Giorgio
Giorgio

The Best Pizza in London is at Sapore Vero www.saporevero.com just outside london. They use real ingridients and fresh dough. Simply fantastic and authentic like in Italy or even more.

william gray
william gray

if you wanna work in any big restaurant in London or UK mail williamclark420@yahoo.com , a work that will earn you less more than 2230 us dollar every two weeks

Dewan Mohammed Mustafa
Dewan Mohammed Mustafa

Dear Sir, I am a pizza technician, I worked 15 years in Italy, Now I am in London. I am looking for a job in restaurant. If you have any opportunity please write me on my email. I am waiting for your kind reply soon. Thanks, Best regards Mustafa

Federico Rocca
Federico Rocca

I am mad about pizza, I have tried almost every single pizzeria in London, and I have to admit that Da Spago, Pizza metro and Sacro Cuore are the definitely the best... My personal taste... hey this is food and not Mathematics Federico

Hannah
Hannah

Time Out you must try the delicious homemade pizza at The Shakespeare, 2 Goswell Road, The Barbican. It definitely deserves a place on your 'Best Pizza' List. I popped in after a show at the Barbican the other day and had the best pizza I've had in my life! Delicious, authentic Italian hand made pizza. The Shakespeare is an Italian-run stylish and friendly pub, 2 minutes walk from the Barbican Centre. On Saturdays they do a half-price 'Pizza Fever' evening. You'll be amazed at the quality of food and service at this place.

Mim
Mim

The best pizza reviews I've found are at: pizzandevelopment.wordpress.com/category/pizza/. There's a lot of pretty average pizza listed in TimeOut's article, but all the pizza recommended by this blog is superb. You should check out its 'generations theory of pizza'.

Salvatore
Salvatore

Santa Maria is the definitely the best pizza in uk. Only for the real conoisseurs, this is the real thing! Grazie di esistere, la vostra pizza mi fa sentire a casa!

bobbyD
bobbyD

Trattoria Sapori know how to make pizza, trust me, their mozz is Frior di latte and thats telling you something.. give them a try...

Federica
Federica

MADE IN ITALY GROUP RESTAURANTS ARE THE BEST .... I ESPECIALLY LOVE THE KINGS' ROAD BRACH, PERFECT FOR EVERY OCCASION AND DEFINETLY THE BEST PIZZA YOU CAN EAT IN LONDON.

Tommaso
Tommaso

Fair point Pizzalover :) I think i'm perhaps getting too bogged down in the semantics. I suppose the inclusion (or lack thereof) of the term "authentic" is important. Point in case, i lived in NY for a while, and a NY pizza is an entirely different beast to traditional neapolitan pizza, but on occasion i had cravings for a NY pizza rather than a neapolitan one. One point on which i agree with you 100% is that taste should axiomatically be the most important of the criteria. I'm not however, sure that i agree that my objectivity remark is as tenuous as you would purport me to believe. While tastes are by their very nature subjective, in order to evaluate objectively the prowess of a pizza, i would think that some sort of authority on the subject should be involved in the decision process, akin to an expert witness at a trial. All i was saying was that in furtherance to this, there are few people who can attest to the merits of a pizza better than someone who grew up surrounded by it :)

Pizza lover
Pizza lover

Tommaso - I think the reviewers were off in feeling the need to use the word authentic throughout the reviews. However, authentic does not a good pizza make. Creativity, taste, etc. should be the higher bar, so no, I don't think a British person would be best placed to judge the best fish and chips in New York, nor should a Neapolitan with all their local baggage be the best person to judge pizza in London. And your point on objectivity and Neapolitans is a stretch AT BEST! That said, La Donna Margherita is a yummy, beautiful treat.

Reza
Reza

Gary, plz shut up. you have no clue and best for you is to do your pub food with the least quality. i ve been there and you pizza is all over the place. dough, tomato sauce, etc were the worst fix up yourself, then start with other prople

Tommaso
Tommaso

haha, Gary no offence taken mate. i'm guessing your tongue is a little bit in your cheek there re the right-wing comments about london jobs for londoners. For the record, i didnt come to London, i'm a londer born and bread, my parents chose to come here. I had little choice as to where I was born. As for the "understanding" of pizze being for everyone, i agree 100%, and the promulgation of pizza across the world is something that neapolitans are very proud of. However when it comes to judging whether and item is "authentic", surely logic would dictate that those responsible for having created that item should be the authority, no? For instance a native italian speaker would be in a better position to decide what was correct usage of the italian language than a frenchman who learned italian at school. Would u not agree? The same can be said about many cultural products. To put it another way, would an Englishman in New York not be in a better position to judge what is "authentic" british fish 'n chips, than an American? Or an Indian curry etc...? PS - they also have awesome pizza in Tokyo, they send all their pizzaioli to Naples to learn from the master pizze makers.

Tommaso Esposito
Tommaso Esposito

not to be controversial, but i find it nigh on offensive to have a cohort of judges charged with rating the best pizzeria in london, none of whom is italian, let alone neapolitan. Surely the people who gifted the world with the creation of pizze deserve a voice in the matter, particularly if it is to be done with a degree of objectivity! On behalf of myself and many fellow neapolitans in london, one of the few authentic (if not the only) verace pizza napuletan' is La Donna Margherita, lavendar hill, clapham junction. This place does honest to god neapolitan cuisine, with a veritable cornucopia of dishes, but topping the menu is pizza as good as any street vendor in naples. It's hard not to view the judges nominations as derisible when they fail to mention a place like donna margherita and instead nominate some fancy schmancy, mickey mouse pizzeria like Rocket.

Christina
Christina

Has any of you tried that small place in Crouch End called Tomo restaurant. For me the best pizza ever! Highly recommended!

Nicola
Nicola

Best pizza in london at Franco Manca! Brixton or Chiswick is the same! Very nice service!!! Now with out service charge!!!! And amazing pizza. Thatz it.

genaro
genaro

try Trattoria Sapori in newington green, its the north of london, but they do some really good pizza' and they do it the old fashion way.

tony
tony

Try the silver dollar in Rayners lane, been there over 50 years very very unpretentious cafe, visited by Sinatra, jagger et al, has stacks of history, and very good pizzas, a proper time warp .

Aby Bell
Aby Bell

I agree Chiccos, Camden High Street is the best pizza in London for taste and price

Dave Shlingas
Dave Shlingas

Chiccos is the best pizza in London for taste and price

Roger the Dodger
Roger the Dodger

Chiswick has Franco Manca & Canta Napoli for authentic Italian Pizzas BUT it is the branch Firezza which gets my vote, partly because they have a better range of toppings. All three make it in woodfired stone ovens. Outside of the W4 area Pizza Metro's fairly new second branch in Notting Hill is my fave.

Lucio
Lucio

I just received a email notification regarding the post that I did last night regarding a pizza place. To be fair, should say that people like you Gary with inappropriate language should be banned from such a websites. I don’t know you and I don’t know the chef which you have mentioned he is a pizza maker at the store. I just ordered a food for delivery and I really enjoyed. If you know any place which is not s*** around Camden, I can give it a go. By the way, are you running a pizzeria or just a big mouth?

Luccio
Luccio

i just received a notification that someone has replied to my post. what a crap! not sure how a inappropriate message can easily posted in such a place. i am going to forward the message to owner of pizza Spinaci and make sure he is defending his pride at least. what a crap! get a life! we can meet up to prove that i am not pizza make and my name is Luccio. recommand a place that you admire at least and i can get my pizzas from there.

gary
gary

IF you knew lucio come io know Lucio oh oh oh what a liar

Lucio
Lucio

Unbelievable! There is a new take away restaurant named Spinaci around the corner (Camden High Street) and i am quite impressed with the quality food they offered! I am from Italy and never imagined i can feel home with this authentic pizza. I recommend it to anyone.

Lucio
Lucio

Unbelievable! There is a new take away restaurant named Spinaci around the corner and i am quite impressed with the quality food they offered! I am from Italy and never imagined i can feel home with this authentic pizza. I recommend it to anyone.

Pizza East is poor.
Pizza East is poor.

I've been to Pizza East twice. Hugely disappointed both times. Antipasti was very good and crust on pizza excellent but, on a whole EXTREMELY bland. Its as though they didn't even season the pizza sauce. It just tasted like plain passata. Also, if the menu doesn't specifically express "cheese" there is -no- cheese. Lastly, I requested articokes to be added to my pizza. I was then served a pizza without articokes. I asked again, if I could have articokes and that I was happy to pay extra. The waiter left then came back a few minutes later and said "Sorry, the chef says it can't be done". How can it "not be done"? We won't be going back and I wouldn't recommend this place.

Ace
Ace

Honestly I have to wonder about the credibility of the entire list since Nonna's is on it. It was absolutely hideous. Raw dough, coooked in a too cold oven by the waiter/cashier/prep cook/ pizzaiolo....seriously. where they kidding? oh, and I also didn't appreciate the addition of parmigiano on my pizza without letting me know first.

Sabrina
Sabrina

Pizza East is terrible. Too salty and greasy, the service is always lousy, been there a few times, not just the once. Much better more authentic pizzas at Francos near Curtain Road. It's a small cafe, but the pizzas are the best!

Sandro VItale
Sandro VItale

thanks for the comment but i do not work in to s. maria from the begin of may

Karoline S.
Karoline S.

Pizzeria Pappagone Restaurant. 131 Stroud Green Road in Finsbury Park is great! Wonderful food, great service, and with a real family atmosphere! The guys working there is so friendly and attentive, and always greet you with a handshake, which is really lovely! The ingredients are fresh and the food is all made with such love! The Americana Pizza is amazing, and they do some mean Gnocchi, bruschetta and Ice cream too : D Highly Recommended!

Angela
Angela

I wonder why Pizza East in the T building in Shoreditch didn't make it into the list. Not only is it the best pizza in London, it's possibly the best pizza I've had anywhere (including Italy).

Ciro
Ciro

Gary, not all neapolitans are the same. I was at the west ham game and I felt ashamed of being neapolitan that day...

mc
mc

Pizza East is by far the worst pizza i've eaten. Pizza consisting of 70% crust/dough and a tiny centre for the toppings.

Amir
Amir

Firezza is the place to eat a proper italian pizza

gary.
gary.

ciro is right but in italy a lot of pizza is burnt cos it just gets bunged in and lots of it is blackened on the bottom but ciro hit it on the nail. italians dont use sourdough by the way except in the salento

Ermanno Nuonno di Agnone
Ermanno Nuonno di Agnone

Most readers forget that pizza should be crafted from a special base, with as little as possible on top and baked at the highest possible temperature. In London, only one (yes, one) operator follows these principles: Franco Manca, with a branch in brixton and one in Chiswick. The sourdough they use is phenomenal and the specially brick ovens (made in Naples) reach a temperature of +600C. To cook a pizza it takes 90 seconds: try one of the only 6 types they make and you will never eat anything else. Ermanno Nuonno di Agnone, 100% Italian.

gary
gary

deej i havent eaten pizzas anywhere is that ok?

aeyal
aeyal

Pixxa in Farringdon is so good it has to be on this list

emma
emma

Please will someone at Time Out take note - East London does not just cover Shoreditch/Whitechapel/Hoxton

Deej
Deej

Hey Gazza, Nah, not from London bruv-from up norf innit-Leeds or summit. I love the pride you have in the fact you have eaten pizzas all over Italy-i've eaten sandwiches from Newcastle to Barnstaple but I imagine that the majority of people on this page couldn't care less and would agree that is lends me little authority. Enjoy your toasted bread, with tomatoes cheese and whatever and try out the restaurant in Nunhead

FB
FB

Il Bacio in Stoke Newington - thin, crunchy, great toppings and reasonable prices. Bella Vita on Broadway Market... don't know why I read these best of things. They never seem to research properly, would be much better if they had a vote system for locals then visited the most popular - how can one editor cover every pizza place between islington and maida vale?!