Want a slice of la dolce vita? Here’s where to find the best pizzas in town…
This new arrival to Haymarket’s eating out scene, serves a selection of sensational smaller plates (think squid and mango salad) along with a range of pizzetines (aka mini pizzas), meaning model types and calorie counters can enjoy a guilt free taste of Italy. Each dish is accompanied by a carefully selected wine or beer, and served in a 3,500 square metre interior featuring a stunning Phillips & Wood glass chandelier.
2 Eco Restaurant
Eco Restaurant is the upmarket sister of Eco in Clapham which proved an instant hit when it opened its doors back in 1994, thanks to its fantastic pizzas. Sami Wasif’s west London outpost boasts a 22 strong pizza list but, the highlight is arguably the marinara – a crispy base overflowing with king prawn, cuttlefish, mussels, squid, monkfish, swordfish, white wine, mozzarella, lobster bisque sauce and fresh herbs. Phew! It’s a little off the beaten track, being out in the salubrious surroundings of Chiswick, but if there was ever a pizza place worth travelling to, Eco is it.
Nopi – the new restaurant from chef-restaurateur and Guardian columnist, Yotam Ottolenghi, opened to critical acclaim earlier this year. And rightly so. There are many reasons to adore Nopi from the super glam loos (expect a room made of mirrors) to the dazzling white décor and last, but by no means least, the dishes. The rabbit pastille gets rave reviews, but the pizzas are pretty awesome too. Whatever you do, don’t skip dessert: the coffee pecan financier is the perfect end, to an always memorable meal.
4 Pizza East Portobello
The Shoreditch branch of Pizza East has been packing in the punters since it opened in 2009 and now owner Nick Jones (of Soho House), is giving west London a pizza the action. Pizza East Portobello is smaller (but no less gorgeous) than the original, but serves all the same delicious 10 inch wood fired pizzas. You’ll also find a few new offerings such as smoked herring, green eggs and ham, and duck eggs on the menu. Factor in friendly service, and you’ve got a pizzeria that looks certain to rake in the dough.
5 Pizza Metro
Claphamites flock here in their droves for the fabulous rectangular pizzas, that are served on metre long metal plinths straight from the wood fired oven. In terms of toppings, all the usual suspects feature but the cicciobomba (mouth-watering own made pork sausage aubergine, Napoli salami and buffalo ricotta), gets our vote. There’s also a branch in Notting Hill for yummy mummies who don’t want to schlepp south of the river.