Passionate about pizza? Haute Living lets you in on five restaurants serving up seriously good sour dough pizzas that rival the best in Italy
This upscale Haymarket venue 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.
71 HAYMARKET, W1
2 Eco Restaurant
Eco proved an instant hit when it opened its doors back in 1994, thanks to its fantastic, sour dough pizzas. Sami Wasif’s restaurant boasts an extensive pizza list covering the classics (Fiorentina and American) as well as more unusual options such as a giant pizza sandwich. It’s a little off the beaten track if you're not based south of the river, but if there was ever a pizza place worth travelling to, Eco is it.
162 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UG
Nopi – brought to us by chef-restaurateur and Guardian columnist, Yotam Ottolenghi, opened to critical acclaim back in 2012. 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 Chocolate, creme fraiche, spiced hazelnuts and orange soil is the perfect end, to an always memorable meal.
21-22 WARWICK STREET, W1
4 Pizza East Portobello
The Shoreditch branch of Pizza East has been packing in the punters for years and now owner Nick Jones (of Soho House), is giving west London a pizza - pardon the pun - 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 plus a few west London specials. Factor in friendly service, and you’ve got a pizzeria raking in the dough.
310 PORTOBELLO ROAD, W1
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 (Mozzarella, tomato, ham, salame, black olives, mushrooms, meatballs and sausage), gets our vote and is worth the schlep south of the river.
64 BATTERSEA RISE, SW1