There are rules to making pizza. Well that’s what a pizza regulatory body from Napoli say. To start with the base should be soft and easy enough to fold, while the cheese, either mozzarella di bufala or fior di latte should be spread evenly. With this in mind, Marie Teather has risen to the challenge of finding the top 5 pizzerias in London.
1 La Caricatura
With sleek, cozy booths, a cocktail bar, and fun celebrity charactures hanging on the walls (hence the name), it’s easy to feel like you’re in a downtown, Manhattan Italian joint. La Caricatura`s lively and family run atmosphere keeps the regulars going back for after-work dinner and also serves as a great spot for business lunches. All of the restaurant’s pizzas are made in a wood burning oven for that authentic Neapolitan flavour, and there’s a pizza chef on hand if you want to create your own.
33 North Audley Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 6ZQ
2 Portobello Ristorante
This popular, family-run pizzeria is often packed with the Notting Hill locals as well as those who travel from further a field for the signature pizzametro (pizza by the metre). Served on long wooden racks with various toppings such as sliced aubergine, porcini mushroom, or pork sausage. The restaurant also serving up great Italian dishes such as the grilled prawns, calzone, and linguine pasta.
7 Ladbroke Rd, Notting Hill, London, W11 3PA
020 7221 1373
3 Serpentine Bar and Kitchen
Few of London’s pizzerias can offer such a picturesque view as the Serpentine Bar and Kitchen that sits prettily on the waterside in Hyde Park. Pizzas are served from a huge brickwood, wood-fired oven with traditional offerings such as the tomato, mozzarella, and oregano pizza and the spinach, anchovy, and baked egg pizza as well as few more unique toppings such as the courgette, ham, and Cashel Blue cheese.
Serpentine Rd, Hyde Park, W2 2UH
4 The Oak
The Oak in Notting Hill is a charmingly, stylish restaurant that offers a wide choice of wood-fired pizzas as well as other Mediterranean dishes. Taking inspiration from Italy, Spain. and Southern France expect seasonal toppings and plenty of fresh vegetables. The rustic and wooden interior makes this a cozy place to head to after work while the second floor lounge serves tapas and some delicious old world wines.
137 Westbourne Park Road, Notting Hill, London, W2 5QL
020 7221 3355
Strada has built up quite the reputation for serving great quality, simple, and freshly prepared pizzas. Although part of a nationwide chain of stores, the two-floored, Marylebone pizzeria pulls in trendy boutique workers, professionals, and stylish shoppers. The eatery offers a whole host of comforting Italians dishes from the risotto zucca made with pumpkin and butternut squash, spinach, and pine nuts to the panzerotti porcini and a whole selection of meat dishes such as the 10oz rosemary-marinated chargrilled rib-eye steaks. Of course pizza is the main attraction and all traditional toppings such as funghi, fiorentina, rustica, and bufala are catered for.
31 Marylebone High Street London, W1U 4PP
020 7935 1004