June 2, 2012

Pizza Pilgrims

After a heavy night blurred by copious amounts of rumpunch the last thing I wanted to do was trek out to Soho to get some food. But Luke guaranteed the best pizza of my life made by one of his best friends - those of you who know me well know that pizza is one of my all time favourite foods so the pressure was on. 

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The adorable dark-green Piaggio Ape parked in one of the stallholders' spots in Soho's Berwick Street market is pretty unique. It has a custom-built pizza oven in the back in which the boys cook the best pizzas in Soho. Before it became a portable pizza oven, the Ape was used by the James and his brother to drive around Italy for six weeks learning how to make the perfect Neapolitan pizza and which ingredients make a pizza authentic. The knowledge they built up from visits to restaurants, such as the renowned Pizzeria Da Michele, in Naples, has subsequently been brought back to the UK and used for the launch of the brothers' first food venture, Pizza Pilgrims. James and Louis are the heart, soul and smiley faces of the Pizza Pilgrims brand and keep the crowds coming with their friendly service and delicious smelling pizza.


The boys left their office jobs and managed to set off across Italy to sample the creme de la creme of pizza ingredients with some of the top chefs in the restaurant industry. This was backed by the prospect of a documentary and a book on their unique journey - perfect for convincing top chefs to let these English boys have a peek into their worlds.

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 They brought the idea of simple Neopolitan pizza back with them and added in some subtle ingredients of their own - like the amazing barbecue sauce we sampled. The first, and most important, ingredient is the flour. They use Caputo 00 "pizzeria" flour, which is milled in Italy, but uses grains from around the world. The high gluten content adds the stretchy property that allows the bases to be pulled into shape by hand. The cheese is fior de latte – cow's milk mozzarella from Latteria Sorrentina – and the sauce is from San Marzano plum tomatoes from Campania. 


Let me tell ya, this pizza was a.m.a.z.i.n.g! It tasted honest and simple, you could make out each ingredient and the crust was just perfect with the right amount of crunch.
Make sure to stop by Berwick Street next time you're in the area around lunch time {And if you're not in London, check out their Facebook Page to read more  about them} They sold 125 pizzas within 2 hours today! With pizza this yummy and a TV documentary on its way, who knows how long it'll be before the Pizza Pilgrims become the next big thing to hit London. 

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2 comments

  1. Do you not know I love pizza (just most things Italian really)?! Why didn't we go HERE when we were lost on Berwick St during the now infamous Moroccan food hunt? :( x

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  2. ohhh yum! Definitely will go here!

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