Pizza Pilgrims Soho | Dean Street Restaurant
Two years ago the Elliot brothers were fed up.
So they quit their jobs, bought a three-wheeled ‘Piaggio Ape’ van and travelled around Italy at 32 MPH, getting drunk and eating as much pizza as possible.
Since returning from their impromptu Gap Year they’ve turned that van into one of the most popular food trucks in Soho; become the poster boys for London street food; published a book; starred in their own TV series; and, have now opened the doors to the first Pizza Pilgrims restaurant.
And they’ve achieved all of this without any sort of discernible plan, or ever stopping having fun.
Which, we can all agree, is a really annoying story.
Making the situation even worse (for everyone who isn’t them) is the fact that they’re both extremely likeable and nervous about opening a proper restaurant – which they’ve gamely decided to open right next door to Pizza Express in Soho.
So you’re going to have to go, because:
A) Their pizzas are great,
B) You’ll have fun,
C) Supporting the underdog is a very British thing to do, and
D) They’re serving wine on tap.
From the outside the restaurant looks like a little takeaway kiosk. The real action, however, is underground: descend the spiral staircase and you’ll find a bustling pizzeria decked out in green and white; a bespoke Pizza Pilgrims fussball table; a selection of Lambrusco (which they firmly believe shouldn’t only be drunk in bus shelters); plus Negronis and homemade limoncello accompanying those famous pizzas – topped with everything from spicy Calabrian sausage to black pepper salami from Naples – and desserts like mini ice-cream cones and Nutella pizza rings.
And you definitely wanna pizza that.
NOTE: Pizza Pilgrims Soho does not accept reservations: just turn up whenever you fancy.
Pizza Pilgrims Soho | 11 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D 3RP
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