Made famous by Julia Roberts in the film Eat Pray Love, L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele’s London outpost has had an understandable hype surrounding it since opening on Stoke Newington’s Church Street back in February.
Dating back to 1870, the original L’Antica is an institution in Naples. Attracting pizza pilgrimages from around the world, we were pretty excited to have one practically land on our doorstep!
We were warned to arrive early as the queues wrap around the block with punters hungry to get their hands on a slice. Truth be told, we visited early on a Saturday night and got a seat straight away. Fear not though, staff will take your name and number and give you a text to come back – so no need to wait in the cold.
You’ll probably know by now that the menu is limited. Serving just two options – choose from either a Margherita or a Marinara, or do as we did and order both.
If you’re all about the crazy toppings, this is probably not the pizza joint for you – but there’s no denying this pizza is good. Really good actually. The marinara is topped with fresh juicy tomatoes, plenty of garlic and a liberal sprinkling of oregano. The Margherita is much the same but with a smudge of fior di latte mozzarella & basil. The base is thin, slightly chewy and has delicious charred bubbles all over. We loved the authentic, uneven shape that spilt over the edge of the plate.
It’s also worth mentioning that it’s cheap – prices start at £6.50 so it’s well worth trying for yourself and weighing in on the ‘is-this-the-best-pizza-in-the-world’ debate. Let us know what you think!