Homeslice Neal's Yard
Time Out says
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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Users say (74)
Average User Rating
4.5 / 5
- 5 star:42
- 4 star:27
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:2
- 1 star:1
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!
If there is a better pizza in London I will eat my 20 inch hat.... Great flavours cool atmosphere, we found Homeslice thanks to google and went on a whim, we will not be looking for any other pizza place in London....
I really love this place! ❤️ For the staff and specially the food... Those pizzas sure are amazing! Big Kiss for everyone there! x
Pizza bigger than your head and prosecco! A great place to go and share a slice or two with friends.
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.
Absolutely one of the best pizza places in London. I won't repeat all of the wonderful things other reviewers said, but I will add that when you arrive you can put your name on the list and they will call you when your table is ready. Sometimes the wait can be almost 2 hours on a busy night, but there are tons of pubs/bars nearby that you can have a drink at while you wait. Definitely worth it!
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.