Have tried most of their thin crust crispy pizzas which are all pretty rad and somewhat off beat, toppings wise. A bit out of the way in Hackney Wick, if you don’t live in those endz. Pretty woeful service & horribly crowded in the summer but if you are after a casual drinking spot that serves nice pizzas, this is the place for you. No reservations.
Right, so I haven’t actually eating in at a Franco Manca but I’ve had takeaway from here and enjoyed it. I remember when there were one or two spots but now it’s a full blown chain, serving up sourdough Neapolitan pizzas. I’ve walked past Franco Manca many times and they’re always busy, so must be doing summat right. Walk ins + reservations.
Tasty Neapolitan style pizzas. WARNING, they are super sloppy. Served by the slice or opt for the 20″ pizzas. A few classics on the menu but it’s mostly seasonal interesting options like aubergine, cauliflower cheese, spinach & harissa. The house prosecco at a fiver is drinkable. Branches in Covent G, Fitzrovia & Old St. Mostly walk in but accept some reservations.
Tasty thin crust crispy pizzas served in a modest setting in Stoke Newington. What it lacks in fanciness, it makes up in portion sizes which is all good with me. I wouldn’t go out of my way to visit here but if in the area and in the mood for some Italian carb action, I would deffo come back here. Walk ins + reservations.
Shopping in Carnaby and absolutely famished, I popped into Pizza Pilgrim. It’s a basic space and intentionally so (they started life as a street food truck after all). The dudes behind this have had quite a bit of hype over the last few years and deservedly so. Super friendly service + tasty Neapolitan pizzas = simple winning formula. No reservations except Dean St branch (8+ people)
I came across Sodo Pizza Cafe and I mentioned it to one of my good friends who lives in Clapton and she was shocked that I’d never heard of it and more worryingly that I hadn’t tried it; she remedied this swiftly and made a reservation for us. They have branches in Walthamstow, Hoxton and Clapton (the original). The Clapton branch we went to was so cozy and one of the best spots I’ve been to recently for the ambience, super chilled and just a cool bitesize spot. I ordered a goat’s cheese pizza which was very good. Sodo is now firmly on my London pizza map.
They do pizzas by the slice, NY style, wahey! If you’re the greedy sort, it’s perfect coz you can sample 2/3 different pizzas. I was starving on the way back from a talk one Wed eve and walked past Box Park in Shoreditch, where they have a pop up store. It was party vibes all night in there, staff were friendly and a little bit out there but not in annoying over the top way. I opted for the margarita which I had no complaints about. I’d def go back. Incidentally they’ve got a bar – Ray’s Bar in Dalston and you can get your pizza upstairs and take it to the basement to munch away with your cocktails. Boom.
Yard Sale Pizzas are all kinds of buff. Stone baked awesomness. The ‘TSB’ (tender stem broccoli, manchego, pine nuts, garlic & olive oil) is way tasty – def order that one. They started off life in Clapton and have since added Walthamstow and Finsbury Park to the familia. I’ve only ever been to the latter and the staff there are SOOOO nice – they even let me park my bike indoors, so extra brownie points; the spot itself has a cool aesthetic and is generally just super chill. Big fan.