Pizza Pilgrims are nestled amongst the other traders of Berwick street market in Soho, clearly standing out from the crowd with their green van packed with a piping hot oven to incinerate the little beauties of what they call Neapolitan Pizzas. It’s great that they are here in Soho along with others such as Banhmi and the newly joined Tounge & Cheek which add so much to this market, which used to sell pretty much nothing more than fruit and Veg.
The guys behind Pizza Pilgrims are obviously very passionate about what they do, on the times I have been, come rain or shine, they are bursting with energy and the pizzas come out just as good every time. The dough is rolled out, spun to order, topped with delicious toppings and a fantastic tomato base, which has a lively acidity. Quality is undoubtedly key to their ingredients which provide so much flavour.
The first time I spotted them I started with a Margarita, a crisp thin crusty base, delicious sauce topped with a creamy mozzarella that oozes flavour. I then worked my way through the menu, depending on what they were serving (not on the same day, obviously). My favourite was the Nduja, the delicious margarita topped with an Italian sausage. If you haven’t heard of Nduja before it’s a spreadable pork sausage paste infused with pepperoncino (an Italian pepper/chilli) which is also used to stain the paste/sausage red. Quite frankly, it’s delicious. Some basil leaves are chucked on the top before being placed in the oven which seep out into the pizza and add even more flavour (if that’s even possible).
Maybe one day they will hopefully settle down and open up a permanent home in London (Soho would be nice), but please don’t try and be cool by making us Queue, Britain is too cold for that.
I hate to compare but with the rise of street food in London it’s difficult not to being so many other traders around, but obviously few as good as these guys. I do sometimes find myself torn between the pizzas of Homeslice, but deep down I’m a Pizza Pilgrims follower! Keep up the work guys and don’t disappear from Berwick Street anytime soon.