A short walk from Tottenham Court road, on the edge of Soho, Pizza Pilgrims – specialising in ‘Napoli street food’ – has recently opened its doors. Upon first entering it seems like a small restaurant, mainly taken over by an open kitchen, where busy hands kneed dough and friendly waiters prepare drinks. There are window seats with wooden stools, where you can watch passers-by or, if you sit on the corner seat like I did, watch the pizzas be made.
But downstairs offers many more tables, so it is bigger than you think. And if you don’t want to eat in, take away is no problem at all (and very popular).
A friend of mine, Amber, and I went on a Tuesday evening. We arrived just before 7:30 and bagged a window seat upstairs as downstairs was already full. About 5 minutes later the crowds flooded in. This is, like all the recent Soho additions, a no booking restaurant. So be warned.
The menu is succinct, offering a range of pizzas with your standard toppings like buffalo mozzarella or sausage. We ordered a Napoli Salami and a Nduja. They came quickly. While a good size, we found the the toppings rather stingey. The dough was really good though, soft without being soggy.
Since I have been trying to eat healthily recently this pizza was already a mega treat. But we were enjoying our evening and not ready to leave, so pudding was next. We looked at the options. The Nutella Pizza Ring jumped out. After a short discussion the pizza chef gave his input. ‘You have to try it’, he said encouragingly. ‘What is it though?’, we asked. ‘Pizza dough, rolled into a strip, with salted ricotta and nutella added and then twisted into a doughnut shape’, came the answer. We were sold.
And then we saw it be made. And any notion of being healthy was thrown in the pizza oven as he added half a pot of nutella. And then a bit more for good measure. We winced and braced ourselves.
It arrived, intimidating and tempting at the same time. One cut into the solid ring, the chocolate came oozing out and there was no going back. The ricotta complemented the nutella well, but to be honest, nutella is all we really tasted.
So we rolled out of Pizza Pilgrims – good pizzas, but the Nutella ring was definitely the highlight.
11 Dean St, London W1D 3RP ?