Top 3 Italian style pizza restaurants in London
Franco Manca is a chain of pizzerias around London that are definitely a foodie’s haven. Their menu is simple, just a few pies to choose from that cost between £5 and £7 and run medium to small in size. They offer simple pizzas with fresh ingredients, and then go off the deep end in terms of topping options. For example, they offer a pizza with basil, tomato, and mozzarella (basic) and then offer a pizza where you choose between dried or semi dried chorizo—both being organically cured, of course.
Regardless, the pizza is deliciously fresh and will you feel well classy while spending less than a tenner for the whole meal. They don’t accept reservations, so you may have a bit of a wait, but with 15 locations around London, you’re sure to find the perfect spot for you!
Amici Miei is the classic Italian pizzeria, with a much fuller menu than Franco Manca, more closely resembling a pizzeria back in Rome than East End London. They offer other dishes as well, but their speciality is definitely pizza, with nearly 20 different topping combinations on the standard menu. Their pies are considerably larger than the other pies on this list, but it also the most expensive option, pizza ranging from £8 to £10. Although it is a pricey option, it also offers take away and delivery, so if Shoreditch is too far for you, you can enjoy in the comfort of your hostel’s kitchen!
Finally, there is Sud Italia, the food truck that is a hidden gem tucked away in Spitalfields Market. Their wood fired pies are small and decidedly a lunch treat more than a full supper option—seriously, they are only open from 11:30 to 3 in the afternoon most days—but they are cooked fresh in front of you and melt in your mouth quality. The topping options are limited and basic, but more than cover the standard Italian pizza options, for £5 or £6 for a small lunch sized portion. It’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon, exploring Spitalfields market before stopping for a small and delicious personal pizza.