Of all the foods loved by students, there are few more popular than pizza, and rightly so. Even aside from its delicious combination of flavours, pizza has numerous advantages for students:
- It cooks quickly
- It's ideal for sharing with friends
- It's good both hot and cold, so it provides handy leftovers
- It's perfectly acceptable to eat at any time of day (yes, even at breakfast time – some might say especially at breakfast time)
- It's widely available
Although it's fair to say that most pizzas are somewhere on the delicious scale (or at least not far off), it is nice to go out and have a real pizza in a sit-down restaurant, so here are some of our suggestions for London students.
Before we get started, as a general rule of thumb, any place that advertises its pizza as "Neapolitan-style" is usually a safe bet, as this should mean that it's cooked in a genuine pizza oven. Anyway, without further ado, here are four places to check out first...
- 11 Dean St, Soho (W1D 3RP)
- 11 Kingly St, Carnaby (W1B 5PW)
Both Pizza Pilgrims restaurants are a five-minute walk from each other. So if you're ever shopping in the Soho area and your stomach starts growling, you know where to go! And if you'd rather take your pizza out, you can do that – you don't have to sit in. Check out the Pizza Pilgrims website for full details.
- 59-61 Exmouth Market, Farringdon (EC1R 4QL)
As well as serving award-winning Neapolitan pizza, Santore has a wider menu that's just as expertly constructed – serving Italian specialities like calamari (deep-fried quid), veal Milanese, and a whole host of delicious pasta dishes. It's only half a mile from Pure City, so if you're staying there, pizza perfection is just a 10-minute walk away. Take a look at the Santore restaurant image gallery – that should convince you if you're not already on your way there.
- 131 Stroud Green Road, Finsbury Park (N4 3PX)
Famed for their wood-fire oven, the family-run Pizzeria Pappagone has long been a favourite with native Londonders and tourists alike. To date it has 145 Google reviews, resulting in an average rating of 4.4 stars out of 5 – which we think gives you a pretty clear indication of how reliable it is. If you're staying in Pure Highbury, you'll be pleased to know it's only a short stroll away, just past Nando's on Stroud Green.
- 56 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch (E1 6JJ)
Probably the "swankiest" restaurant in this list, Pizza East is typically Shoreditch – very distinctive and stylish-looking. It's about a mile from Pure Aldgate, so it's certainly worth a look if you're an Aldgater, or if you just happen to be in the area.
With 11 different winning pizza combinations to choose from, you can keep it simple with the trusty combination of mozzarella, tomato and basil, or you can go a bit more complex (i.e. veal meatballs, prosciutto, cream). Take a look at the Pizza East menu for details.