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Franco Manca £

Organic ingredients. Wood-burning oven made in Naples. Neapolitan chef. Maybe that is all you need to know about this South London pizzeria.  It’s a simple formula: cheap premises, no compromises anywhere else on serving pizza as good as in Naples. London’s best pizza?

Market Row, Electric Lane SW9
Tel: +44 (0)20 7738 3021
Tube: Brixton
www.francomanca.co.uk

Bread, tomato, cheese - how hard can it be to make a good pizza? Well, judging by the number of bad ones around, harder than it looks. Here is a selection of some the best, hopefully just like someone’s mama’s local pizzeria in Naples used to make.

Any comments - or a suggestion for a London secret? Please e-mail me.

Best Pizza

Pizza East ££

An old warehouse given the standard industrial chic make-over promises much and the staff are great. The food tries a bit too hard and bases are small and toppings mean. Still, it packs in the trendy Shoreditch media crowd so it is doing something right.

56 Shoreditch High Street E1
Tel: +44 (0)20 7729 1888
Tube/Rail: Liverpool Street
www.pizzaeast.com

Osteria Basilico ££

Great atmosphere and good food makes this a popular local restaurant – the sort of place that put Notting Hill on the map. It offers a full range of Italian cuisine and wine – and waiters – and the pizza is just as good as everything else on the menu.

29 Kensington Park Rd W11
Tel: +44 (0)20 7727 9372
Tube: Notting Hill
www.osteriabasilico.co.uk

Portobello Pizzeria    ££

Impossibly romantic looking at night, this pizzeria serves up pizza by the metre (call it  a yard) in true Sorrento style. That means thin base, hot, fresh ingredients – simple food that has to be done well to work. It works here and no surprise the  locals love it.

7 Ladbroke Road W11
Tel: +44 (0)20 7221 1373
Tube: Notting Hill
www.portobellolondon.co.uk

The Soho Pizzeria ££

A bit of jazz to help your appetite in this popular and buzzy eaterie. It has been turning out pizzas for 25 years and you are in for few surprises – good or bad. Small bases mean prices are OK for Soho, but you might go away still hungry.

16-18 Beak Street W1
Tel: +44 (0)20 7434 2480
Tube: Oxford Circus
www.sohopizzeria.co.uk

La Caricatura ££

The clue is in the name here and you can even order a caricature of yourself, but no guarantees it will go on the walls alongside the more famous faces. Serving ‘home-made food in family surroundings’ all the traditional toppings are here.

33 North Audley Street W1
Tel: +44 (0)20 7629 7070
Tube: Green Park
www.lacaricaturapizza.com

Mulberry Street ££

Named after the main street in New York’s Little Italy, this pizzeria shouts ‘Big Apple’ at you, from the ‘Walk, Don’t Walk’ sign at the door to the very large portions. Packed with Americans homesick for ‘proper’ pizza, others might find the taste a bit bland.

84 Westbourne Grove W2
Tel: +44 (0)20 7313 6789
Tube: Notting Hill
www.mulberrystreet.co.uk

Adagio Pizza al Taglio    ££

This tiny place is popular at lunchtime. Adagio means ‘slow’, as in the Slow Food Movement. ‘Al Taglio’ means ‘cut’ as in a slice from a square pizza. Using flour from Italy, pizzas are baked in large portions that you can order slices from, allowing you to mix and match.

10 Greek Street W1
Tel: +44 (0)20 7434 1255
Tube: Leicester Square
www.adagio-pizza.com

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