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The Best Pizza Places in Covent Garden

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Updated: 4 September 2017
Whether you’re after a quick slice or an entire pizza, you’re spoiled for choice in Covent Garden. From classic Neapolitan to inventive toppings, these are the best places to eat pizza in the area.

Homeslice

Pizzaria, Italian, $$$
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Ry Jessup started built Homeslice up from a mobile wood oven that roamed festivals and street food markets into one of the best pizza joints in London (there are branches in Shoreditch and Fitzrovia) when he set up shop in Neal’s Yard in 2013. With an emphasis on simplicity and quality, Homeslice serves up a mix of classic pizzas and less traditional flavour combos, like spiced lamb with savoy cabbage, sumac yoghurt and chorizo and corn and coriander. Some come by the slice but this place is famous for the monster 20-inch pies, and when you can split the toppings half and half, you really should go big.

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Sun - Mon:
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual

Franco Manca

Pizzaria, Italian, $$$
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Franco Manca Pizza | © lilivanili/Flickr
Franco Manca Pizza | © lilivanili/Flickr

It may be a big chain now with over 25 London locations but Franco Manca is still famous for its crust – a result of a slow rising sourdough and blast cooking in a wood oven – meaning these pizzas are soft and easily digestible. The toppings are more traditional too, with only six varieties (plus a few specials) of pizzas available. The Franco Manca team has taken great care when it comes to sourcing their ingredients, with many of the cheeses being made in the UK and tomatoes and cured meats coming from Italy. Similar care has been taken with the drinks list, which features organic and biodynamic wines.

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Mon - Sat:
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sun:
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual

Ecco

Pizzaria, Italian, $$$
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For quick, hot and fresh pizza that’s kind on your wallet, head to Ecco on Drury Lane. The Neapolitan-style thin crust pizzas are exceptionally good value for money, especially for a Central London location – you can get a 12-inch pizza for under a fiver. The place is fairly basic, with a simple seating area in the back but at these prices, it’s the perfect place for pit-stop.

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Mon - Tue:
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wed - Sat:
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sun:
8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual

Pizza Pilgrims

Pizzaria, Italian, $$$
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After going on a pizza pilgrimage through Italy and a stint serving slices from their green Piaggio Ape van, Thom and James Eliot have grown Pizza Pilgrims into a seven-strong chain. Like their other locations, the Covent Garden branch is decked out with their signature green and white checked tablecloths and it serves up their much-loved sourdough pizzas. The Nduja has become a favourite but they are also well known for their white pizzas, like the Salsiccia & Friarielli (fennel sausage, chilli and wild broccoli) and the Portobello & Truffle.

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Mon - Sat:
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sun:
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual

Rossopomodoro

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Rossopomodoro started life back in Naples and maintains strong links with its home by only using ingredients sourced from the region. As well as serving bruschetta, polpette and Neapolitan street food, Rossopomodoro has tried to be as inclusive as possible by offering red, white and gluten-free pizzas as well as a handful of whole wheat and multigrain options. They also have a range of traditional Italian soft drinks on top of your standard juices and sodas, another thoughtful touch.

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Mon - Thu:
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Sun:
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual

Wildwood

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Although not a dedicated pizzeria or strictly Italian (Wildwood also serves pasta and grill dishes), they have ten pizzas on the menu, ranging from the classic Margherita to sausage and caramelised onion and Hoi Sin duck versions. It may not be one for purists, but the pizzas are all stonebaked and come in two sizes or as a calzone.

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Mon - Thu:
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Sun:
11:30 am - 10:30 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual

The Escapologist

Bar, Italian, $$$
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Cocktails and pizzas is a pretty potent combination and it’s exactly what The Escapologist does. It was inspired by the story of Victorian rascal Baron Von Took, who allegedly escaped the noose after having a drink in a Covent Garden brew house. Styled like a 19th-century men’s club, the basement bar is best known for its fun drinks, but they offer up nine 12-inch pizzas to help soak up the booze. They loosely draw on the flavours of Italy, aside from the Texan Chicken, the Hawaiian and their six-inch ‘Sweetzzas’, which come with Nutella and chocolate or marshmallow and berries. These last two are definitely not authentic but you can bet they taste great.

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Mon - Sat:
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sun:
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Meal service:

Dinner

Atmosphere:

Casual

Bunga Bunga Covent Garden

Bar, Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Battersea’s Bunga Bunga is beloved by locals and now there is a central branch of the quirky Italian restaurant. Bunga Bunga Covent Garden is even bigger, bolder and brasher than its big sister, with a speedboat table, a Berlusconi-themed burlesque show and a bar hidden behind a meat locker. BungaTINI, the pizzeria part of the whole extravaganza, serves up surprisingly restrained wood fired pizzas for a place that has a Mario Balotelli cocktail that comes in a glass shaped like his head. Having said that, you can get an English Breakfast pizza at the weekend. So wrong it’s right.

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Wed - Sat:
7:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sat:
11:30 am - 4:30 pm

Meal service:

Dinner, Late Night

Atmosphere:

Quirky

Vico

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Taking up a prime spot on the intersection of Shaftesbury Avenue and Charing Cross Road, Vico is a buzzing trattoria-style restaurant that turns out seasonal southern Italian food. Given that it’s run by the same people as Bocca di Lupo and Gelupo, the quality of the food is high but the prices are not, meaning you can squeeze in a satisfying pre-theatre dinner for under £25. There are eight pizzas, all classic and familiar, on a menu that also includes antipasti, pasta and secondi, and service is efficient for those on a schedule.

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Mon - Tue:
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon - Tue:
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wed - Fri:
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wed - Fri:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat:
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sun:
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual

Cafe Mode

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Tucked away at the top end of Covent Garden, Café Mode is an unassuming little place that turns out comforting Italian favourites. The pizza toppings are all traditional – Spicy Pepperoni, Four Seasons, Ai Fungi – and the wine list is largely Italian too, perfect if you’re after something tasty and reliable. If you’d rather not end your evening after dinner, you can pop into their comedy club, which has been graced by a few famous faces over the years.

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Mon - Sun:
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual

Prima Sapori d’Italia

Cafe, Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Jubilee Market might not be the first place that springs to mind when you think of good Italian food in Covent Garden, but that’s exactly where Prima Sapori d’Italia is hidden. Formerly a café, the space was given an upgrade in 2000 with more seats and a bar. They are famous for their lasagne but with twenty pizzas, calzones, a whole host of additional toppings on the menu and with all dough made fresh every day, it’s worth straying from the pasta.

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Sun - Tue:
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wed - Sat:
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual

Sartori

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Although Sartori serves up a varied menu of Southern Italian food, pizza is the real star of the show. Not only do the pizza chefs hail from Naples but the flour is imported from Italy, the dough is aged on site and then baked in a wood fired oven for a light, crispy finish. Sartori also dishes up classic Neapolitan I Panuozzi, which is pizza dough stuffed like a sandwich if you can’t face tucking into an entire metre of pizza.

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Mon - Sun:
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual