Spread over two floors of a restored Georgian pub in the middle of Portobello Market, Pizza East Portobello serves wood oven pizzas, antipasti and daily specials in buzzing modern surroundings. Italian cured meats and cheeses are available to buy at the Deli. Upstairs, you’ll find a laid-back dining room and terrace, providing a little green haven to enjoy some of the best pizza in the capital.
What to order: Prosciutto cotto, wild mushrooms, tomato, thyme
Using Neapolitan soft bases, Franco Manca has several outlets throughout London and works on efficient simplicity. Serving just seven different pizzas – with varying meat and vegetarian specials – this sourdough pizza business is not only delicious, but it won’t break the bank.
What to order: The Number 4: Gloucester Old Spot Ham, Mozzarella, Buffalo Ricotta, Wild Mushrooms
Found in both Rome and London, and loved for their particular style of artisan hand-stretched, hand-topped rectangular pizza, the classic Arancina pizza has a crisp outer crust and a lighter, airy, textured bite. Rustic yet modern, there are branches in Notting Hill and Westbourne Grove – well worth a visit.
What to order: The Paletta – a medium-sized pizza upon which you can choose two different halves of toppings
After travelling across Italy to find the best pizza in the world, the Pizza Pilgrims returned to London to open their now-seven strong franchise of pizza restaurants. From West India Quay to Shoreditch, the establishments are all incredibly different, but the pizza remains the same quality throughout.
What to order: Gianfranco Gorgonzola: White pizza with fior di latte, gorgonzola, ribboned courgette, basil & oregano.
Founded in 1992, this local restaurant has made a name for itself all across the capital. The chef changes the menu depending on the season, changing the ingredients he uses with the months to ensure the freshest final pizza possible. The establishment does have sister restaurants – the also brilliant Mediterraneo and Essenza – but for the best pizza, nothing beats the original.
What to order: Pizza Capricciosa: A real taste of everything – tomato, mozzarella, artichokes, anchovies, sweet peppers, ham and egg