Pizza Pilgrims – Covent Giardino

On the poster in the window The Telegraph declares Pizza Pilgrims as serving one of the top ten pizzas in the world. I can’t recall having eaten much pizza outside the UK, except for maybe Italy and New York, so whether this is true I cannot confirm.

However what I can confirm is that both myself and my self-confessed pizza addict friend agree this is pretty excellent stuff, and on a par with other top pizza outlets in the Capital including Homeslice just five mins away.

This relatively new branch sits on the site that Sesame briefly stood, a fantastic but short-lived venture that served middle eastern fast food launched by an ex Ottolenghi founder Noam Bar.

The Pizza Pilgrims are two chaps who jacked in their day jobs – spent six weeks travelling though Italy meeting top pizza experts, and came back with a three-wheeled pizza oven van. Their empire was born and now they have five outposts plus the van at Berwick St Market. Read the full story………..

Working in the area it’s always good to find inexpensive places where you can get a seat and will be served quickly when short on time.

Tiles on floor and walls and jolly green and white tablecloths make the place bright and airy. The look is industrial mixed with a bit of fun. A mural on the wall (above) depicts two people wrestling atop a pizza, and an “In Crust We Trust” motto is displayed above the counter.

You want to know about the pizza right? Some similar ventures in London have just a few pizzas to choose from but Pizza Pilgrims have a good selection, plus sides, and desserts including Gelupo ice-cream. There’s a few cocktails too, wine available by the carafe plus some interesting looking beers from Brixton and Limoncello from Soho. Yes Soho.

Pizza prices range from £5.50 to £10 and the ingredients are top-notch such as Calabrian pork sausage. There are lots of veggie options too, a few white pizzas (no toms) and one with no cheese for the non-dairy gang. I go for a white pizza with fennel sausage and wild broccoli and delicate red chillis. My friend chooses a calzone with Napoli salami, resembling nothing like the cornish-pasty esque calzones you sometimes see. Both are fabulous.

This place certainly isn’t limited to a lunchtime only venue – for the price and quality this is a great choice for pre-flicks/theatre or relaxed catch up with friends. You can’t book so just turn up and enjoy……

Baci xxx






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