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.
|Venue name:||Pizza Pilgrims||Contact:|
11 Dean St
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-3pm, dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Sat.|
|Transport:||Tube: Tottenham Court Road|
|Price:||Main courses £7-£11.|
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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
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
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..
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!
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.
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!
So delicious! (Maybe not quite as good as Neapolitan pizza, but that's a high standard.) It's always a good sign when you walk into a pizza place and the stone oven is fired up and working for all to see. Very nice service, as well. Definitely the best pizza I've had in London.
Having lived in Italy for nearly 2 years, I've tasted a lot of phenomenal Pizza's and I think Pizza Pilgrim is possibly the best authentic tasting pizza in London. The service is great, the food is simple but really good and it's very affordable. No complaints - highly recommended.
I can see how marketing works well in this country. Two noone-public school-well connected-rich boys, with no experience whatsoever, decide to make pizza. After few days spent in Naples, they self convince that they can make pizza, neapolitan pizza. So after buying a van, they decide to open up a shop (with the money of the pizza sold from the van? don't think so...) in Dean Street. Do they learned how to make pizza? Definitely not. But marketing magics works well. See the previous reviews of their friends, or of some communication agency and then you'll understand, that it's all fake. Like their neapolitan pizza, which is not neapolitan.
You must be joking if you consider this a proper neapolitan pizza. Heavy, full of yeast, cheap mozzarella. Lucky enough to be in London, where people don't know what pizza is. In Naples they wouldnt last 2 days. If you want a proper neapolitan pizza you need to go to Santa Maria, Sartori or the freshly opened Bravi ragazzi. Franco Manca is just acceptable. Please guys, respect the name and the culture of Naples.
The spritz may be Venetian, but the Negroni isn't (it's from Florence) and the Sbagliato is from Milan. I was particularly pleased to see the Sbagliato here. Also great pizza of course.
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. www.lifeofshayan.com
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 - http://fireandstone.com/ 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