Who knew Pizza could be so good?
There’s pizza, and then there’s pizza. The kind of pizza with a deliciously gooey yet just-the-right-amount-of-crispiness base, the kind of pizza that makes you gasp when it’s brought from the kitchen, where toppings are thrown on in abundance, in that kind of thoughtless yet with-love way. And we have just the place. Pizza Pilgrims.
The menu is simple, offering eleven mouth-watering pizzas, five frigitorias (deep fried dishes) and then a half dozen sides. The pizzas aren’t your regulars either- you’ll be finding no plain pepperoni or ham & pineapple here. Flavours include the Portobello mushroom & Truffle; (white pizza with portobello mushrooms, fior di latte, parmesan, basil & truffle oil) and Aubergine Parmigiana (Margherita with roasted aubergine, parmesan, baby plum tomatoes & garlic.)
I chose Salsiccia e FriariellI which is a white pizza with fresh fennel sausage, chilli, wild broccoli, fior di latte, parmesan, basil and olive oil. I had never before tried white pizza (pizza without the tomato base- I know what you’re thinking, ‘that’s not pizza!’) however it was delicious, flavoursome, and not dry and I pondered if it might be without the tomato sauce. The flavours were beautifully succulent and there was no scrimping on the toppings.
The restaurant itself is modern and fresh, with a hint of hipster vibe emanating from the eclectic decor. Pizza boxes of all variety line one of the walls and neon signs signalling the ice cream cabinets add a hint of the 80s.
The food is utterly delicious- and there is so much! I struggled to finish mine (to the delight of my partner who managed to demolish his calzone ( Folded pizza stuffed with black pepper salami, ricotta & mushroom, topped with tomato, fior di latte, parmesan, basil & olive oil) and still have room to squeeze in the rest of mine.
Desserts are very simple- a choice of gelato’s or a sweet pizza. We both opted for the ice cream, I in a caramel flavour, and my partner vanilla. You can choose either cup or a cone but we decided to stick with cups. The ice cream was heaped on- again, their portions were more than generous, and truly delicious- creamy, light and full of flavour, with chunks of caramel hidden in too.
With mains ranging from £5-£10, pudding at about £3 and drinks at your average restaurant prices, this restaurant is one to visit for an affordable yet delicious meal. For somewhere, new, atmospheric and easy, where you don’t have to worry about pretentious staff or diners, where you can put the fun back in dining, look no further than Pizza Pilgrims.
11 Kingly St
London, W1B 5PW
TEL: 0207 287 2200