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Pretty much perfectly timed for a week in which we're all waiting for the hammer of lockdown to drop, comes news from Big Mamma. The team who opened the big-hitting OTT restaurants Gloria and Circolo Popolare are launching their first delivery-only restaurant.
Napoli Gang starts delivering this Wednesday, kicking off from a kitchen in Shoreditch. Kentish Town comes on board next week and they're
The news is bleak. We know that. So, frankly, we're going to take the wins where we can find them and over the past week or so London has done rather well on that front. We may be an international laughing stock over our response to Covid, but at least when it comes to pizzas and cocktails we're world-beating.
Pizzas first. The 50 Top Pizza Europe 2020 list came out just before the weekend and London
You may be wondering does Hackney really need another pizza place? Certainly, the team behind Nebula, which opened at the weekend, are very much hoping it does.
This new pizza, beer and cocktail joint has taken over the space on Hackney Road where ABQ used to be. It's a large site - with room for 200 pizza lovers. And the fact that it also has a large courtyard won't hurt it at all in the current times.
The team behind it are Nate Brown (owner
Dalston has itself a new pizza parlour and it looks like this might be a bit special. Gordo's comes from Jesse Elias, who has previously been the senior GM at Yard Sale in Clapton before going it alone, so he should have a fair bit of pizza know-how under his belt.
We caught up with him to find out a little bit more. "At Gordo's, we wanted to be a more traditional pizzeria on the menu but more vibey late-night space, so with the help of
Gizzi Erskine and Professor Green unite post lockdown for this deep pan pizza takeover of Passo in Old Street. We head down for the cheesy, carby goodness.
It's certainly starting to look as though 2020 is the summer of the deep pan pizza in London. First, we had Gizzi and Professor Green's popular pop-up at Old Street and now, down in Brixton, a new Detroit-style pizzeria has opened its doors.
Party Store Pizza at Market House on Coldharbour Lane is all about the "Detroit style" pizza. That means it's baked in bespoke deep rectangular steel pans
Over the many, boring weeks of lockdown, we spent a lot of time on our daily prescribed walk going past the old Dear Pizza spot on Highbury Barn, wondering what new restaurant was opening there.
Now we know - it's Donna Sofia - an Italian restaurant and pizzeria from the folk next door at Da Mario deli. They're serving up a range of antipasti, pasta, mains and pizzas.
On the menu you'll find:
A new pizza company about to hit London are claiming that their pizzas are devised specifically to relieve that bloated post-pizza feeling. Gallio are using only ancient grains to make their pizza bases. Apparently those olde grains are high in protein and antioxidants and more easily digestible than newer flours.
Just as interesting as the pizza dough itself is the pizzeria's decision to bring in Norma chef Ben Tish for some of the menu as a
During the lockdown, Gizzi Erskine and Professor Green had been teaming up for "‘Giz & Green’s Monday Night Fakeaway" where they recreated their favourite takeaways from McDonald's to Wagamama. Now they're teaming up in real life, kicking off a pop-up at Passo.
It's all based around one of the most popular dishes from the series - their take on the deep dish pizza. Pizzas, made from
Restaurants, bars and pubs are coming back - but what about the festivals? Looks like they're going to be mainly virtual for the foreseeable, which is forcing a lot of folk to be particularly inventive about how they do just that.
The 2020 London Pizza Festival is one such bash. Run by Daniel Young of Young & Foodish, it's spent the last five years bringing in the crowds at Borough Market. Now that that's not possible the new event will be
Before lockdown, the Pembury Tavern in Hackney had built up quite the reputation for its pizzas. Now, they're back and post-lockdown are launching as their own delivery pizza brand, Ace Pizza. It'll still be based in the pub, but the menu has been given something of an overhaul while the team have been away.
All the pizzas will be from 48hr cold-fermented dough and the menu includes:
If you've ever been stuck wondering whether you fancied a pizza or a kebab more - then the answer is simple. You need Yard Sale's latest collaboration which allows you to have both at the same time!
The pizza group have teamed up with Dalston institution Mangal II for The Mangoal II. As the name suggests, the collaboration was going to be to celebrate Euro 2020 - but now it's celebrating the return of the Premier League instead.
Big Mamma has had two huge hits with Gloria and Circolo Popolare. But how will their very extra approach translate to delivery? We find out.
Updated 11/6/20 with more menu details
They've just reopened Flor in Borough and now the team behind that restaurant, as well as the Michelin-starred Lyle's, are getting into the pizza business (running from the same kitchen as Flor).
They're launching ASAP Pizza, which will be all about sourdough pizzas made with heritage British wheats. In charge of things is Pam
In today's "I'm sorry - what?" news we have intel on a brand new Santa Maria outlet - which has opened in a car showroom. Yes, they've set up their Brentford Pizzeria right in the heart of Duke of London which sells classic and luxury cars. Don't fancy a Jaguar E-Type? Can we interest you in a margherita instead?
At the moment, it's for delivery only, but there will be seating for up to 30 inside once regulations relax.
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