London has some great pizza. 

You doubtless already know this to be true – when did you last order a sublime slice? Last month? Last night? For us it was last week, and we’re pretty sure we’ll be doing it again extremely soon.  

The National Pizza Awards are also more than aware that some of the best pizza in the UK can be found in the capital. Out of 16 finalists for this year’s awards, a whopping eight are London-based. Breadstall Pizza, Franco Manca, Homeslice, Mamma Dough, Pizza Pilgrims, SALT Deptford, Voodoo Ray’s and Zia Lucia all make the cut. 

The winner will be decided next month at a live cooking showdown on November 21 at Walthamstow’s Big Penny Social. 

This year drew stellar entries from businesses all over the UK, the sheer scale and quality of which we’ve never seen before, says Genna Ash-Brown, editor of Dine Out Magazine, who are behind the annual event. Last year’s winner was London’s Bad Boy Pizza Society and their Pepperoni Alla Vodka pizza. 

Choosing just 16 from such a high calibre of entries was no mean feat, but we have our 2023 competitors at last – and the line-up is certainly impressive. The mix of up-and-coming and well-established names is sure to result in a nail-biting final. We can’t wait for them to step up to the ovens and see who comes out on top!’

Each pizzeria had to submit a signature recipe for consideration in the final, with Breadstall Pizza’s Cheesy Rider, Franco Manca’s Finta Diavola, Homeslice’s Wagyu, Mamma Dough’s John O Goat, SALT Deptford’s Oh Honey!, Voodoo Ray’s Margherita and Zia Lucia’s Porky Slowdown all in the running. 

Time Out’s take

This is a bit like asking us to choose our favourite child, but we’ll be backing Homeslice’s indulgent Wagyu pizza, which comes with air-dried wagyu beef, truffle creme fraiche, cipollini onions and salsa verde. The most decadent pizza in London? It might well be. 

London fish and chips isn’t as lucky – only one local chippy has made it to the final of the National Fish & Chips Awards 2023.

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