Princess and the Pizza

Hi eaters!

I completely forgot what day of the week it was today. I blame that on work.

When I’m a regular college student and taking classes I always know what day it is because my classes vary each day. But this whole being in an office thing is throwing me off.

But now that I know what day it is, I’m going to celebrate in style.

St Peter's Golden Ale.

Yup, with only a couple of weeks before I’m back in college-land I’m trying to get back into college-mode. And what goes better with beer than pizza!

Unfortunately the English don’t know a damn thing about pizza.

Really, you would think that with them being closer to Italy than America, they would have the upper hand. And while I’m certainly not saying that American-style pizza is authentic, I am saying that I’ve been to Italy and the English aren’t any more authentic.

Luckily, though, through my relentless searching for a quality slice, I found a couple of gems.

Da Mario is right around the corner from the Gloucester Road Tube stop and it’s not a secret that this was a favorite of Princess Diana and the boys. (FYI — “The boys” is what people over here call Harry and William.)

After splitting a bottle of wine over pizza with two of my lady friends, it might just be a favorite of mine.

Between the three of us we ran the gamut of pizza varieties.

American Hot: Tomato sauce, pepperoni, sausage, mild green chilies, mozzarella, fresh basil

We had the American Classic.

Mushroom pizza.

We had the actual classic.

Boscaiola: tomato sauce, sun dried tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, roasted sweet pepper, broccoli, fontana cheese, and fresh basil

And we had my usual, an “I want to get as close to a salad while still eating pizza” pizza.

Now, there were fork-and-knife pizzas. There was no hands or folding going on here. But it was so freaking tasty and the sauce was perfectly, naturally sweet that I let it go.

The other gem I found, the prettier gem, was Sandy’s (by Marble Arch), which I found thanks to Living Social.

Note to everyone — Always sign up for Groupon/Living Social emails for any city you’re visiting or moving to. It is such a great way to (cheaply) do new things.

The house red.

I bought a deal for two pizzas and two glasses of wine, so when my boss gave me a half day before the Easter holiday I decided it was high time to use it.

A glass of red to start and then my friend and I split two pizzas.

Napoleon Bonaparte: tomato, gruyere, ham, mushrooms, olives.

Something with mushrooms and meat.

And something else with mushrooms and meat. This second one, though, was the winner in my book.

Sampieru Corsu: creme frea, gruyere, Corsican sausage, porcini mushrooms, oregano, truffle oil.

And since if we’d left at this point we would have only had to pay the service charge, we decided to split dessert.

Raspberry and white chocolate tarte.

Hands down, Sandy’s won. Not only were the topping combinations better, but I could pick up AND fold their pizza. That’s the first time that’s happened since I left America!

That’s huge, folks.

Sorry, Princess Diana. Better luck next time.

What do you think, eaters:

Do you have a usual kind of pizza?

What makes a good pie/slice in your opinion?

G’night eaters!


  1. Katie S. says:

    I went to London two years ago and we at pizza at a place on Kensington High Street. Not far down from the Whole's food. If you get off the tube on Kensington High Street exit the station. Turn left, Stay on the left hand side of the road. It's on the left side a bit just past all the shops, you'll see a chocolate store, keep going. It was a little Italian restaurant. Just looked it up: Postino Ristorante Pizzeria. Seriously go get it! The second best pizza I've ever had! The first being in Italy! SO GOOD!
    Also, if you like noodles/ Japanese food go to Wagamama. Which is also on K-high street.

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