Sodo Pizza Cafe

Restaurants, Pizza Upper Clapton
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Sodo Pizza Cafe

A high quality, pared-back Clapton pizzeria.

Sodo started as a pop­up at the E5 Bakehouse before setting up shop just up the road, with success spawning sister sites in Hoxton and Walthamstow. I’ve been to this branch a few times now and only once has it not been heaving with typically hairy east London sorts.

They’re not here for the decor. Describing Sodo as ‘rough around the edges’ would be harsh on rough edges. It’s brightened up no end by Italian staff with accents as thick as bricks – plus there’s a nice little garden out the back – but Sodo’s certainly not a looker. The pizza, of course, is the draw.

Margheritas never have a lot to hide behind and ours here was superb: the Neapolitan­-style sourdough (Sodo, geddit?) base was thin, crisp, delicious, and topped with good­ quality tomato, mozzarella and fresh basil. The ‘winter goat’ was even better, with goat’s cheese, walnuts, caramelised onions and olives scattered liberally but judiciously for a balanced and brilliant combo. Craft beer from the likes of Beavertown and Fourpure keep the beards fluffed.

By: Stephen Farmer

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Venue name: Sodo Pizza Cafe
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Address: 126 Upper Clapton Rd
Hackney
London
E5 9JY
Transport: Clapton rail
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £55.
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Anaelle
Tastemaker

A great address to have in the books.


The place itself is quite small, so you might want to book in advance – especially if you’re a big group. Minimally decorated but with a nice relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff, it’s easy to get settled here.

As for the food, it is simply amazing. Menu is limited but changes frequently and offers a good selection of starters and specials. The pizzas are incredibly tasty and the desserts are out of this world (if you’re a chocolate lover, try the brownie).


If you have any allergy however, you might be disappointed. They do offer a gluten-free option, but it is no pizza; instead they replace the dough with a platter of bean. You end up with a sort of stew – tasty but not quite what you’d hope for from a pizza place really.

Kate K

Great pizzas, fabulous staff. Love my Sodo pizzas especially the Jon Bon Chovy

Rosie B

This is the best pizza in London in my opinion - delicious toppings and on gorgeous sourdough bread. The place is small but so cozy and the atmosphere is always buzzing. It's my favourite place ever.

brit g

Not only is the pizza great, everyone in there is lovely and always super helpful.

Benedict W

Love this place, GREAT pizza and interesting drinks. Nice and intimate, what more do you want.

Neil C

Best pizza in London, great atmosphere, passionate and friendly staff and brilliant ethos (check out their delivery runners)

John H

Best Pizza in Hackney, crunchy, thin crust, delicious. Service with a smile.

Laura Richards
Staff Writer

Can't find fault with these sourdough pizzas with authentic Italian toppings, and the rustic setting is great in summer months.

Leanne P

Incredible pizzas, delicious wine, fantastic service and a great play list. One of my favour restaurants in London.


Guy C

Incredible pizza and excellent service, will go again in a heartbeat.