I have been on the hunt for a decent Chicago style deep pan pizza in London for the last few months and I keep coming up empty handed (get in touch if you have a secret spot). So failing that I have been getting up to speed on the best pizzas in London. Homeslice has been on the radar for a while but since moving into a new area and exploring it I haven’t had the chance to check out places more central until now.
Homeslice began life on the streets of east London in 2011. In 2013, they found our first permanent home in Neal’s Yard, serving up a seasonal offering of 20″ pizzas, available whole or by the slice, served alongside locally sourced beers, organic wine by the magnum and frizzante prosecco on tap. Their pizza menu evolves seasonally, balancing classics such as Margherita and Caprese with distinctive flavour and texture combinations, which currently include Goat Shoulder, Savoy Cabbage & Sumac Yoghurt and Celeriac, Asparagus, Cows Curd & Hazelnuts.
Heading up the Kitchen is New Zealander Ry Jessup and he seems to have everything down to a fine art. The kitchen is pumping, the hand-build wood-fired oven is blazing and the joint is jumping. Keeping it real, Homeslice produce all their dough in-house while the oven is able to cook a pizza to perfection in ninety seconds flat.
If you like a tipple then like me you’ll appreciate the fact that wine is served in a magnum that you serve yourselves and which you’re charged based on the volume consumed. If that’s not savvy marketing then I don’t know what is. More a crafty beerer? The have The Kernal (almost about to top my favourite drop by Beaverton), Beavertown and Partizan beers by the bottle and Camden Town Brewery on tap.
The room is cosy but the turnover of tables happens at a clip so if it looks like it’s full to the brim it’s worth waiting a few minutes as tables are turned quickly.
The 20″ pizzas are able to be ordered half-and-half style (the only way to order pizza if you ask me) and we settled on the goat shoulder with savoy cabbage and sumac yoghurt matched with the pulled barbecue brisket with pickles and a BBQ sauce base.
As you would imagine – it’s the biggest pizza we had ever seen in our short lives and we got straight to work. You basically have to stand up and slice the pizza before trying to transfer it to your cardboard plate. It was the perfect way to end a very busy day of work and can see it being a place we can celebrate post-deadlines in the future.
Summer 2015 marks an exciting time for the Homeslice team, with the announcement that they are due to open their second site at 52 Wells Street later this year. The second site will have a different look and feel to its Neal’s Yard sister, with the addition of an underground bar, but will maintain the same core offering of pizza, beer and wine.
Contact: Homeslice, Neal’s Yard – 13 Neal’s Yard, London, WC2H 9DP.
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday: 12.00pm – 10.30pm for 20” pizzas. Sunday: 12.00pm – 9.00pm for 20” pizzas. Slices and drinks until late throughout the week.
Opening Summer 2015: Homeslice, Wells Street – 52 Wells Street, London, W1T 3PR.
Then look for them to set up in their spiritual home – Shoreditch – for their third venue.