Joel Porter got fired up for figgatoria at the new Pizza Pilgrims on Kingly Court
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If you live in London and you like pizza then Pizza Pilgrims is a name you should already be well familiar with. Whether you sought out their tiny pizza van on Brewer Street market, queued for a table at the Dean St restaurant or even grabbed a couple of slices at Street Feast, you’ll know that these guys do seriously good pizza.
If for some insane reason you haven’t already experienced Pizza Pilgrims, however, then now would be an excellent time to rectify this, as the team have just opened their second restaurant on Kingly St, Soho.
With an entrance on Kingly St itself and one on Kingly Court (where you can sit outside in summer), the restaurant is split across two fairly spacious levels which is a big improvement on the rather cramped Dean St outpost. Much like the original, the new restaurant is decked out like a casual Italian café, with green and white chequered table clothes and plenty of tongue-in-cheek cultural references including some Mario Bros murals downstairs. It’s a fun place to be and it doesn’t take itself too seriously.
The food, however, is seriously good indeed. An amazing addition the menu, exclusive to Kingly Court, is the Friggatoria dishes, meaning ‘from the fryer’ – I’d go back for these alone. Pizza Fritta are deep fried mini calzones, stuffed with porchetta, ricotta, smoked mozzarella, parmesan and basil and are supremely delicious, as are the deep fried artichoke hearts and arancini balls. Star of the show, however, are the deep fried macaroni balls with ragu and mozzarella – whatever you do, make sure you order these.
Pizzas are every bit as good as you’d expect, with soft sourdough bases cooked in a wood fired oven, Napolitan-style. Toppings range from the simple margarita to a beautiful portobello mushroom and truffle; we went for the Ndjua, generously topped with the spicy crumbled Italian sausage and the Salsicca e Friarielli – a bianca base with fresh fennel sausage, wild broccoli and parmesan. Simple but effective flavour combinations are the key here, just as all italian cooking should be.
Pizza Pilgrims have been top of the London pizza game for some time now and with this new Kingly St restaurant (and the bonus of those deep fried beauties) their status looks assured for some time.
For more information visit pizzapilgrims.co.uk
Joel Porter is a London based food writer and PR. He is tweeting @joelwporter