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Feb 11, 2009 02:04 PM

Best pizza in London

There have to be some hidden gems..?

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  1. My favourite place is L'Artista. There are three of them, one in Hendon, another in Golders Green and the one I always visit which is on Edgware Road, near Marble Arch. The pizzas are huge, well priced and very, very good. Nearest thing to actual New York style I've experienced in London.

    Franco Manca, of course, is good for Neopolitan.

    Icco/Ecco is good for dirt-cheap pizzas in a loud cafe type setting, surrounded by UCL students. The pizzas are ok.

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    1. re: Ibrahim.Salha

      can't call pizza the one from artista, poor ingrediants!!! maybe is fine for turists

    2. Franco Manca's going to be the standard answer right now, but I do know of a very good place run by Albanians. I can't remember the name, but I'll post it when I do.

      ICCO's pizza is disgusting. It's not even dirt cheap (they raised their prices) and the quality should make the Italians that work there ashamed of themselves. Avoid at all costs.

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      1. re: JFores

        You think it's "disgusting"? Perhaps you're exaggerating, but it is in no way disgusting. You can pay more for a worse pizza in a lot of places. It's fine.

        1. re: Ibrahim.Salha

          'Disgusting'? That's way too harsh - I dont' mind their pizzas at all. I used to work nearby and they were the perfect hangover cure for Friday lunch.

          1. re: pj26

            Really? I think their ingredients are terrible, the dough is among the worst I've ever had, etc. Pizza Express is almost inedible, but it's actually better than ICCO (and more expensive.)

            1. re: JFores

              I think we might need to agree to disagree on this one!

              1. re: JFores

                pizza express inedible? Ecco disgusting?


                1. re: JFores

                  Pizza Express isn't great, but inedible? That's probably pushing it a bit. I've had quite satisfactory lunches there.

                  1. re: JFores

                    I do agree with you!!! bad quality and high price

            2. Try Oliveto, on Elizabeth Street. I have not been there in a few years, but I have thought their pizza (and almost all their other food) is pretty good.


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              1. re: DavidT

                Oliveto - that brings back memories! I used to go there all the time in the mid nineties when I worked around the corner. Good place for celeb watching - we saw Ralph Fiennes in there once, and Joan Collins! No idea if it's still good.

                I vote Franco Manca - it's ruined me for any other pizzas.

              2. These are all new to me save Franco Manca, heard lots, never been, (shameful admission as Mrs Manners works nearby) but my goodness that's going to change!

                Ibrahim, top tip. Decent pizza near Marble Arch? After the dreck on offer in Oxford St? Has to be done.

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                1. re: MrManners

                  I hope you enjoy it if you pay them a visit. I really like it but a couple of times they have been a bit too greasy, though usually they are on the money.

                  Another place near Oxford St which I've enjoyed in the past is Italian Graffiti, on Wardour St. It's a nice little Italian place, the pizzas are good.

                2. Franco Manca is definately a winner but i like the Globe pub at the end of cloumbia rd and the Lansdown in Primrose Hill.

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                  1. re: beckypoostchi

                    I agree with the Globe/Stringray on Columbia Road - their pizzas are the best I have had in London (but to be fair I havent been to Franco Manca and it's about 100 metres from my front door)