After living in New York, with amazing pizza shops on almost every street corner, we had basically accepted the fact that pizza just wouldn’t be as good anywhere else. Much to our relief, Pizza Pilgrims proved us wrong.
The name, Pizza Pilgrims, stems from the ‘pilgrimage’ that led to the creation of the restaurant. The founders flew to Reggio Calabria in southern Italy, where they bought a little van, and drove up the coast, stopping along the way to discover the secrets of the local ingredients (the dough, the tomatoes, the cheese, the toppings) and recipes, and ultimately made it back to London. They still serve pizzas out of the back of the van they used for their journey at the Berwick Street Market (Tuesday – Friday, noon – 3:00 pm). They now have locations all over London, but we decided to check out their original pizzeria in Soho.
The restaurant serves traditional Neapolitan pizzas, using ingredients sourced from Naples and its surrounding region. They focus on using the best ingredients to give the best possible flavors and experience, and they did just that. They’ve got a bar-area at the top, facing the street, and a bigger room with tables downstairs.
The pizzas were ready in a matter of minutes and we could instantly tell we would be in for a treat. They were cooked to perfection, topped with delicious ingredients and surrounded by a crust that felt like you were chewing on a cloud. We opted for a traditional margherita and a portobello mushroom & truffle white pizza (no tomato sauce). They were incredible!
Both having a (very) sweet tooth, we had already spotted our dessert: the Nutella pizza ring… Filled to the brim with a homemade mixture of ricotta cheese and Nutella, topped with powdered sugar, it was devoured in seconds. I’m surprised we managed to take so many pictures of it. I mean just look at the warm Nutella oozing out of it…
We ended up paying a meager £22 for our lunch (2 pizzas and a dessert), which made it a quick and cheap meal.
Pros: Very fast service, cheap prices, high quality ingredients
Cons: Can’t really think of any to be honest. Maybe the lack of windows/daylight if you eat downstairs.
11 Dean St
Soho W1D 3RP
Open from Monday to Saturday from 11:30 am to 10:30 pm, and Sunday from 12 pm to 9:30 pm