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Pizza Pilgrims

Restaurants, Pizza Soho
4 out of 5 stars
(59user reviews)
Pizza Pilgrims (Rob Greig/ Time Out)
Rob Greig/ Time Out

Time Out says

Having built a loyal following for its three-wheeler food van (usually found in Berwick Street Market), PP opened on this busy corner in summer 2013. You can see the kitchen and pizza oven (also servicing the takeaway trade) through the ground-floor windows. The main basement dining area feels intimate, the seating and tables compact. Wipe-clean green checked tablecloths and 1960s Italian film posters help create the feel of a retro Soho trattoria. The friendly, slightly trendy mood is helped by an alcove for table football.

The menu, printed on Polpo-style manila paper, lists ten pizzas. Chewy and soft in the Neapolitan style, the appealing, thick bases are layered with on-trend toppings. ’Nduja, a spicy Calabrian sausage, is paired well with a simple marinara sauce. Salsiccia e friarielli (fennel sausage and a type of brassica leaf), and calzone with prosciutto cotto, ricotta, mushrooms and fior di latte are other enticing combos.

Desserts include ice-creams and sorbets from Gelupo, either in unadulterated form or embellished – for example, vanilla with extra virgin olive oil and sea salt. Wine is served by the carafe, adding to the 1960s feel; alternative tipples include prosecco and trendy Venetian cocktails such as negroni or spritz. Note: bookings aren’t taken.



Address: 11 Dean St
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Court Road
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The original Review from time out critic Nick Amato was not far off from the correct one. With all the respect to the two brothers that from nothing and from just selling pizza from an Ape 50 have created marketing machine selling "just pizza" that it is second to none. Nobody else could have made a better job selling what has already been sold for last 30 years by "real" Italians. I have all the respect, but having just visited the restaurant in Dean Street for the sake of finding out what it was all about it, I must say that it is "Tutto fumo a niente arrosto". Have it translate it. Maybe I should not say anything, but I must say that the Dean Street Restaurant has nothing of "Italian" apart that they are selling Pizza that is “Italian invention” and a few posters from the 70s Italian Trattoria. Pizza Napoletana Verace is made from Wood Fired Oven. Not from GAS oven. You might say: What do we care? Nothing, just protecting the trade mark. Did you know that there is a trade mark for the Pizza Napoletana Verace? The Mozzarella that they say it is "Fior Di Latte", it is "cumetti di mozzarella” nothing to do with the original Fiore di Latte that it is like a ball and cut into pieces but hand there and then. If “cubetti” of fior di latte are used, it is not the same “fior di latte”, it loses the a bit, that’s why is a little cheaper. The Mozzarella di Bufala, it is made in UK as you are saying in your website, it is in big ball just like the fior di latte should be but it is "just like selling Parma Ham made in Belgium "cost half of the price" and it doesn’t tastes the same. What do we care you might say? Well it is not Neapolitan any more. Call it British Pizza. The pizza dough is left too much outside for fermentation, (this is a tip) "troppo lievitata" means that it becomes too soft, just like too a sponge: too much soft or maybe the oven should be hotter. I bet many of your customers don’t care, but that is beside the point. As long as you are concern, they will be coming back and that it is good enough for you. Overall, I do apologise, and I hope that you have all the success for the future openings like this one that it is already a success. But do not pass off your pizza for “Original Pizza Napoletana Verace” Just call it British Neapolitan style Pizza. Good Luck


This is definitely in my top 5 pizza places in London! The pizzas are always so tasty and fresh! The price is great for what you get and the service is always fast! Great place for groups too as nobody will be disappointed with the food! :)


Pizza Pilgrims is cheap and cheerful. Bases are really good, toppings are standard fare but fresh and delicious. There's so many pizza places in London, but this is up there in my top 5. 


Imagine, a busy Saturday lunchtime in Soho, hangry husband, wanting something hot and delicious- I was dreading life! We were lucky enough to come across Pizza Pilgrims and something inside my head remembered this was a place I’d been meaning to check out!

Luckily it was dry, so we could have a seat outside, service was extremely quick and friendly and the waiter couldn’t do enough to help us choose the right pizzas for use! The risotto balls were to die for- and so was the carafe of wine we shared!

The pizza was delicious, fresh and hot! It was so filling (could have been the risotto balls!) that they were quick enough to get me a takeaway box and the food was still delicious later on!


This place often makes the list of best pizza places in London and it is a worthy inclusion.  It is a cute establishment with good pizzas at good prices.  The staff are lovely too.  It's a bit annoying that you can't reserve tables unless part of a group, but the litre wine carafes go some way to make up for that!


Simple, tasty, fresh and thoroughly enjoyed. Food came out quick making it a great choice for a pre-theatre dinner!


Can't go wrong with pizza from here, quick simple easy food that arrives fresh out the oven. Highly recommended! 


I just love the Pizza here and the overall atmosphere really adds to the experience. From seeing the pizza being made as you walk in to getting your wine in small glasses.The pizza is always delicious but be careful to ordering a pizza each and then a garlic bread as it comes the same size as a pizza! Lesson learnt!I would go as far to say it’s my favourite pizza in London! 


I am simply never disappointed with my visit at Pizza Pilgrims, because their pizzas are always tasty without a failure. We usually have some olives as a starter and then often go with margarita, because when pizza is made properly, margarita is the best.
Despite being a simple place, we usually end up hanging out there for a while, because they have very good wine, waiters are friendly and place is just very cosy in general.

One of the best pizzas in London, for sure!

I love Pizza Pilgrim, but this was my first time to this restaurant and to try the courgette/Gorgonzola pizza. I've never tried a red sauce pizza here. I wasn't a fan of this pizza. It was very bland but I love the Mushroom/truffle oil one!


I decided to try Pizza Pilgrims out after a glowing recommendation from my Italian Uber driver (who said this is the only place in London worth getting a pizza, and he's from Naples so he should know  ;)) and I am now hooked. I find myself craving this pizza and will find any excuse to go back for more. I ordered the Nduja with spicy pork and my husband ordered the special of the day which included honey. The crust was the perfect consistency and was chewy and warm (literally drooling as I write this). It was quite busy when we first arrived but we were sat immediately and received really quick and efficient service, but to be honest I would still come here all the time even if the service was terrible. I can not recommend this place more. My new favorite spot in London!


Calling all pizza lovers, I have found the one and only pizza place you need.

Thankfully London has a few branches so you will not be caught short.

I opted for Pizza Pilgrims Dean Street branch.

I love the menu options! I was torn between 3 but I opted for the Salsiccia & Friarielli which is a white pizza (no tomato sauce) with sausage, chilli and long stem broccoli. I did add the tomato sauce though.

I saw on Instagram the new crust dips so I also added the chilli jam & mascarpone dip at £2.

For drinks I opted for a delicious limoncello tonic drink, I'm not a massive tonic water fan but I loved this cocktail.

The pizza itself has plenty of topping (see picture) and the base was soft just how I personally prefer it. It does mean it's a knife & fork job not a slice and grab style.

Service was fine and speedy.

My only part I have a negative on is the toilets, pretty grim and tiny. They could do with a refurb.

Overall I can honestly say this is my favourite pizza place in London now. I have reviewed plenty of pizza places too.

Don't delay and slice over immediately.

You can't go wrong with Pizza Pilgrims if you are looking for a quick, simple bite to eat with the added bonus of authentic tasting italian food. Price and quality are both winners here - definitely would recommend to all. Service is fairly quick so it is a good place for a quick dinner before the movies, theatre etc


Pizza Pilgrims consistently serve up excellent pizzas at refreshingly low prices.

Their toppings are inventive – though I normally revert to the classic Naples with fresh anchovies and capers the perfect accompaniment to their fresh, herby tomato sauce. I know it’s more authentic this way, but they are somewhat light on the cheese. However their dough more than makes up for it – everything a pizza dough should be. Crispy and dark on the edges and light in the middle, and all satisfyingly not perfectly round.

The service can occasionally be a little non-attentive but their dishes more than make up for it. Pizza Pilgrims is fast becoming a behemoth on the London pizza scene, but for now it isn’t losing out in terms of quality.

So delicious - a simple menu of really excellent pizzas and Italian nibbles. I'd recommend the aubergine (adding buffalo mozzarella and prosciutto) - the base was a little soggy, but it was full of all the right flavours. It's not a fancy restaurant: tablecloths are wipe-clean vinyl and wine comes served in glass tumblers, but it does pizza well and doesn't charge London prices. If you're feeling adventurous, you could also opt for the vanilla ice-cream with olive oil and sea salt - works surprisingly well!


A funky little space that looks pretty tiny from the outside but manages to pack a lot of seating into its cellar. It's cheap and cheerful and the staff are chipper and informal. As the crave for these types of pizza places hits fever point in London, I can't say that Pizza Pilgrim is one of the best. You certainly get what you pay for but there are other pizza places out there that offer far higher quality for not much more money.  


I love pizza pilgrims. Simple, tasty pizza's and reasonably priced. There is always a great atmosphere at Pizza Pilgrims. Try out their Nutella pizza ring!!

Very delicious pizza, cool atmosphere but always a long wait. Good doughy base if you're a fan of that style. Not as good value as Franco Manca. Calzone is particularly good


The base was the best bit. I do like a good dough, if you're looking for something more Italian, however, this is not the place to head. The toppings are also delicious, my friend had the nduja pizza and honestly didn't talk about a single other thing for the rest of the night. 


I've wanted to try Pizza Pilgrims for aaaaages but just never end up choosing pizza if I'm going out for dinner.

My bf and I had just finished a round of crazy golf at Swingers and were starving! The two pop ups Swingers had in the venue for that month were The Bowler or Pizza Pilgrims (resident)
Now I also really wanted to try the bowler however pizza or meatballs wins for me so my bf and I both shared a pizza!
The choice was of only two unlike the soho restaurants
We went for the nduja sausage one and myyyy was it good! Dough good sauce good cheese good sausage good! Yum! 
I hear they do takeaway so will pick this over dominoes any day!

Had a pizza with spicy nduja sausage and it was as good a pizza as I've had in London, cheese was great, base was light, tap water was free, seats were comfy, great place for a spot of lunch, cost me nine quid..


I've been to Pizza Pilgrims last Saturday for the first time. I'm Italian and I often miss good quality pizza (despite the fact that I'm also a big fan of American style pizza like Dominos). Pizza Pilgrims' one is definitely one of the best I've had so far in here, it truly reminded me of home.

My choice was a classic, Margherita with buffalo mozzarella, which I then topped up with their delicious chilli olive oil. The pizza was light, genuine, delicious with a thin centre and a fluffy crust. My mouth is watering just thinking about it! You could just taste the quality of the ingredients, even just the tomato sauce was delicious.

They don't have many different toppings, mainly classics, my friend had the mushroom/truffle white pizza which was also amazing, and the smell was mesmerizing...believe me you have to go there!!

The restaurant itself is a bit small and claustrophobic, without windows, and that's the only thing I didn't like. The furniture/decorations are very similar to the traditional Italian ones, with some cute/funny extras, like the instructions on how to eat pizza when you walk down the stairs. 

It's a very great place to eat a good pizza in Soho, and staff is lovely too!

One of my first time I know I wanted to settle in London was at a street food festival where I tried pizza pilgrims. This was back before they had a place of their own and were operating from a van turned pizza oven (which I think they still have!), but it was a revelation! Having grown up with oven pizzas & pizzas from places that on first glance would be though of as a chinese takeaways… the soft dough, fresh basil & spicy nduja from this pizza pilgrims’ pizza made me float to heaven. I’ve followed them ever since and delight to see them doing so well!


My friends and I stopped randomly at Pizza Pilgrim for a quick lunch last Saturday...and we were not disappointed! We went for the Portobello Mushroom & Truffle, the Salami and the Carbonara pizzas. All of them were absolutely delicious and made with fresh products. The staff was really friendly....and you could see that they were all having fun working together. I would definitely go back to this place for more pizzas...still need to try their dessert one. 


Always eating a this chain. The waiter Marc at the Soho branch was just fab, such a decent guy. Service faultless, food is perfection over and over - I will long stay a returning customer (and I only go back to somewhere in exceptional circumstances) If you like fresh, authentic Italian pizza, come here. Bases are great, tomato sauce is so fresh and juicy, the nduja is the best I have eaten and much as I try I can't help but order it every time! 7 of us had a great time. 


I really like this place.

My favourite is the calzone but I've tried other pizzas that are great too.

Love the decorations and the staff is always very friendly.

We were lucky to be seated straight away the Friday lunch time we visited and the service was generally pretty quick. If you are looking for a menu with a vast range of toppings then this is not the place for you but if you are looking for a decent wood fired oven pizza then head on in. It was nice but I wasn't completely blown away, with so many pizza places in London coveting for that top spot this one just didn't tick all the boxes for me.


Portobello mushroom and truffle pizza! Simply the best. I really like the pizza and the friendly atmosphere in Pizza Pilgrims. The calzone are a must try as well! We've been there for official and unofficial team lunches and everyone seemed to love it. I am not sure if I prefer sourdough pizza from thin "original" one but definitely this is the place if you are up for sourdough pizza! The prices are not bad either!


 I absolutely hate it when people ask me where they should go for the best pizza in London. Is it Franco Manca, is it Homeslice, is it Voodoo Rays - I can't decide! But if anything, Pizza Pilgrims is definitely in my top 5, it is consistently good (unlike Franco Manca) and the crust is exactly as it should be. The Nduja and Portobello Mushroom/truffle Pizza's are to be recommended. Oh and you absolutely must try the Arancini balls as a starter! 

One of my absolute fave pizza places in London. I'm a big fan of Arancini balls and Pizza Pilgrims do some delicious ones which go by the name of Arancini Rosso - tomato risotto balls with smoked mozzarella. The pizza is authentic and super thin on the base which is how I like it. My fave is the Margherita with nduja - BE WARNED, this is for those who like it hot! 

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Went for lunch on came away very happy. I had a margherita and (free) sparkling water, sitting outside for £6.50, which is pretty good for Soho. The dough was outstanding and the mozzarella cooked to perfection (ie melted but not burnt). Gave it a 4 instead of a 5 star because the tomato sauce was on the bitter side. In summary: very authentic and excellent value for money. 

Calling something on-trend is so on-trend right now, so please sympathise with Mr Amato! He was a budding young journalist under pressure, it wasn't his fault. Now that Timeout's independence and quality have gone the way of Mr Amato's summer internship, this sort of 'zeitgeist-by-numbers' gobbledygook should be what we expect from TimeOut. I'm jumping ship to the Shortlist next time I step off the Tube. My pizza was perfectly cooked through and delicious, and stylistically identical to the best pizzas I have had in Italy. The pizza pilgrims are a hardworking and unpretentious bunch who make good, fast, reasonably-priced pizza in an area of London where getting anything good,fast and reasonably priced is next to impossible. I would recommend this place to anyone.

Pizza Pilgrims provide some inspiration for all aspiring chefs, young and old. Quit school/work, go to Italy, learn all about pizza in Naples, get back and start making Pizzas and create a great following. On from here, use the buzz and the success to open up your first restaurant in the busy area of Soho -sorted love! Sounds easy enough but what is needed to succeed is quality. Pizza pilgrims provides this and at a good price you can understand the buzz and the following. I've always believed that by having a queue and creating the illusion that something is limited will lead to a demand. The notion of the queue and people waiting makes others question this and ask themselves, "if they are waiting then it must be good". Pizza pilgrims did this by popping up at places and then going, this alongside great simple pizzas meant that they had the ability to go full time. The pizza you see is a margherita with black pepper salami. The mozzarella, basil and tomato sauce accompany and bring the package altogether and at a good portion size is a delight. My friend had the spicy sausage and this too was really good. The base was slightly charred but this is to be expected in a wood oven. This is one of my favourite pizzas but I have to put homeslice as my favourite. I will definitely be back to pizza pilgrims and want to try the truffle pizza. I feel that this place is a step up from pizza express or any other chain and therefore better quality. You could tell that they had recently opened as the service could have been better. Very friendly but very busy meant a bit of neglect but when prompted we were seen to immediately. Try it and love it. Good pizza.

I first tried Pizza Pilgrims in Fulham when they were starting up and opening pop up restaurants. I have to say, they gave me one of the most delicious pizzas that I have ever had. Now that they have established themselves, I will be frequenting their restaurant alot! Wonderful food.

Haha, watch out Time Out, no opinions allowed or the Food bloggers (who desperately want your job) will be up in arms!

Calling something on-trend is so on-trend right now, so please sympathise with Mr Amato! He was a budding young journalist under pressure, it wasn't his fault. Now that Timeout's independence and quality have gone the way of Mr Amato's summer internship, this sort of 'zeitgeist-by-numbers' gobbledygook should in any case be accepted as the new norm. Next time I get out of the Tube I'm picking up a City AM, or maybe even a Shortlist. My pizza was perfectly cooked through and delicious, and stylistically identical to the best pizzas I have had in Italy. The pizza pilgrims are a hardworking and unpretentious bunch who make good, fast, reasonably-priced pizza in an area of London where getting anything good,fast and reasonably priced is next to impossible. I would recommend this place to anyone.

Haha....Relax every one, it's nick's first job. I don't see a big future for this boy, unlike the wonderful, authentic and delicious Pizza that the pilgrims knock out. I will be back again this week, well done men, keep up the good work. Nduja rocks!!!!!

The Pizza Pilgrims went on a pilgrimage around Italy to learn how to make authentic Neapolitan pizzas, from traditional pizzerias. While the writer may prefer a crisper base, I'd suggest he could have done some research of his own - this feels a little like a sushi review where the critic might suggest "the sashimi could have done with a few seconds in a pan". We agree on one thing, the atmosphere is friendly. I revelled in the soft, home-made, freshly stretched dough bases and the cushioned crusts - hopefully the next visitor will write about the quality of ingredients and the attention to detail the Pilgrims have, rather than his own adversion to 'nduja.

"Naan-bread like" pizza bases? I grew up in Italy and can confirm that the pizza bases at Pizza Pilgrims are "authentic-like", unlike this review.

This is one of the most baffling reviews I've ever seen in Timeout. Aside from the reviewer's clear lack of understanding (describing anything these days as "on-trend", much less a specialty ingredient they've been serving for years, is decidedly, well, out-of-trend?), the writing is downright laughable. This reads like a school report! Pizza Pilgrims is brilliant, the guys have always made the most addictive and mouth-wateringly delicious food at Berwick market, and now the mere idea of having a place to sit an relax whilst scarfing down their fare is like a gift from the pizza gods. This review is a slap in the face to all of the Londoners who have supported great indie food over the years. I remember when we used to be able to rely on Timeout for decent, thoughtful reviews, but that era has clearly passed.

I think the reviewer has no idea of what a proper pizza is. It's not a matter of taste but a matter of food knowledge. If you don't have it you should not be writing restaurant reviews.

This is a very strange Time Out review, considering their comments usually hit the nail on the head. I visited Pizza Pilgrims a week ago and found the place to be worthy of a four-star status, at least. The service, as the review above states, was friendly and efficient, and the pizza was tasty with imaginative toppings. The drinks served are the perfect accompaniment to the hearty dough-based dishes on the menu – the spritz and prosecco were light and refreshing. I hope that Time Out reassesses its two-star rating for Pizza Pilgrims. It's a misleading star rating and only reflects poor judgement by critics.

Wow, so this is odd. I couldn't disagree more. I have been going to Pizza Pilgrims on Berwick Street for a while now and found the new Dean Street premises provided more of the same great genuinely Neapolitan Pizza. "Fans of a firm pizza base and crisp cornicione around the perimeter may be disappointed." - and they should be, if they wanted Pizza Romana (crispy) then they shouldn't have gone to a Neapolitan (tender) pizza restaurant. I have always found Pizza Pilgrims to be sticklers for quality and for being obsessive about the food values they learned in Naples. I've occasionally talked to the guys on the berwick street stand and learned a lot from them. All i've learned here is that you like their decors and don't know much about pizza.

"On-trend toppings are used, such as ’nduja." Pizza Pilgrims have, from the earliest days on Berwick St, always used njuda. That they're now sneered at as "on-trend" is hardly their fault. "Fans of a firm pizza base and crisp cornicione around the perimeter may be disappointed." Fans of where, Pizza Express? Proper Neopolitan pizza shouldn't be crispy otherwise you wouldn't be able to roll it to eat. "the cooked bases on our plates were floppy" exactly as they should be. As for the "naan bread" comment, it must have been a long time since you've eaten Indian food. "The customer sitting next to sent his pizza back for further cooking" Sitting next to what? "Wine is served by the carafe adding to the ’60s feel." Jesus wept, this makes no sense at all. "Trendy Venetian cocktails such as negroni or spritz and the increasingly ubiquitous prosecco feel more contemporary." Trendy Aperol spritz? Increasingly ubiquitous prosecco?? It's an Italian restaurant FFS! "...the naan-like bases may be better suited to being served with chicken tikka masala" Ahh, I think I know where this reviewer would feel more at home - The Pizza Pilgrims guys are friends of mine, so I'm not pretending to be completely unbiased. I just object to a review written by someone who went in expecting Domino's and was annoyed when he didn't get it. They're lovely, authentic Neopolitan pizzas made fresh to order for £8 each. How on earth that justifies a two star review is beyond me.

Naan bread? Surely you jest? For the benefit of the reviewer, Pizza Pilgrims went on a pizza pilgrimage (see what I did there) around Italy in a quest to find the best recipe. It was made into a TV show on Food Network and I'd say they've nailed it. The Nduja is one of the best pizzas in town. 2 stars, oh my. TimeOut, TimeOut, what has become of you?

This pizza joint is off the chain, I stumbled across it last night with four of my friends. We loved every second from the super cool ambiance, to my mouth watering napoli salami pizza. The ice cream with olive oil and sea salt is also a real must. I will definitely be back soon.

Strange review; seems rather mean-spirited especially since they visited right at the opening. Besides which, wasn't it the Pizza Pilgrims the ones who made 'nduja 'on-trend'? I very much enjoyed my meal there; the pizzas were great, the atmosphere fun and all with change from £20.

I totally agree with your description of the slightly cool and trendy feel to the place. I visited Pizza Pilgrims' Dean Street restaurant yesterday for the first time, having been fans of the ape. I loved the look and feel of the place and found the staff friendly and helpful. I am notoriously difficult to please and feed - being every chef and waiter's nightmare. I ordered the margherita but being me, I removed the parmesan and mozzarella and added prosciutto and riccotta cheese instead. The staff were very accommodating. I didn't have to wait long and when it arrived it was utterly delicious and not greasy in the slightest. I didn't find the dough nan like at all, maybe that was just teething problems! I am a big fan and will be returning.

I used to go to the stall frequently when working nearby and I think that the pizzas are the best I have had in Ldn and anywhere else in the world for that matter. I have lived and worked as a chef in Italy for 4 years and have had my share of pizzas! I went to the new Restaurant on Dean st and I loved the way they have done up the restaurant, it feels intimate and well thought out. The food was fantastic and I was so pleased that the product did not change from stall to restaurant. I highly recommend this place to any pizza fans and anyone looking for a chilled non pretentious meal in Soho

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