What makes santa maria pizza so good_ _ london evening standard

When Santa Maria, a pizzeria big enough to seat 16 diners, opened in Ealing back in 2010 it attracted far more attention than anyone would ever have guessed.

It was promptly hailed as the best pizza in London by legions of seasoned eaters, tweeters, critics and publications, and it’s been hard to get a seat ever since.

It’s good news for pizza lovers, then, that the owners — Neapolitans Pasquale Chionchio and Angelo Ambrosio — have addressed that issue by opening a second site.

Located slightly more centrally near Fulham Broadway station, it will serve the same pizzas but accommodate a comparatively whopping 70 diners at a time.


As the team prepares to bring their own brand of perfect pizza to the masses, we spoke to Angelo to find out what makes it so special. Easy parmesan chicken bake Find out in the video above.

This Hackney Central restaurant churns out superlative crisp-based pizzas from its shiny mirror-clad oven, which also acts as a focal point in the industrial-style space. Recipe for chicken cutlet parmesan British-made charcuterie is also a high-point, so why not combine the two – try a pizza topped with spinach, egg and strips of melting lardo.

There are two buzzy Homeslice sites in central London, in Covent Garden and Fitzrovia. Parmesan chicken pasta ruby tuesday Some off-the-wall toppings may put off purists, but clever combos and a blistering hot oven ensure the end results really do work – even a goat shoulder and savoy cabbage number. Baked chicken parmesan recipe easy Devour them whole or by the slice, while working your way through the oversize bottle of red placed on every table (you only pay for what you drink of it).

A hefty proportion of the clientele always seems to be Italian at this old-school Clerkenwell local, and that’s got to be a good sign. Pan fried chicken parmesan The signature order is pizza by the metre, made with varying toppings along the stretch – you might want to bring a couple of friends to help polish it off though. Parmesan chicken legs For something different try the i panuozzi, a ‘pizza sandwich’ that has the same toppings but double the dough.

The sourdough pizzas at this teeny restaurant next to Streatham Hill station boast gloriously squidgy, salty bases and fresh full-flavoured toppings. Chicken breast parmesan recipe Particularly friendly service makes it even more of a draw.

Set within the Lord Morpeth pub, this eatery serves a host of traditional Neapolitan style pizzas, all made with its namesake sourdough that renders the bases exquisitely chewy, springy, salty and savoury tasting. Parmesan crusted chicken baked Purists look away now: on Sundays you can even get a roast dinner pizza.

With two restaurants in different corners of Soho, brothers James and Thom Eliot have come a long way since their days as street food traders. Crispy chicken parmesan The Neapolitan-style pizzas here are soft and doughy with a plumped-up crust and a rich tomato base – try the ‘nudja variety if you’re feeling spicy.

The team behind this bustling neighbourhood pizzeria use traditional Caputo flour imported directly from Naples and ferment their dough for over 24 hours before it goes in the oven. Parmesan crusted chicken longhorn calories The extra air inside means that the bases puff up quickly, making them lighter and airier. Chicken parmesan zucchini boats The pizzas are all named after famous Italians – try the Sofia Loren topped with tomato, mozzarella, artichokes, black olives, courgette, aubergine, parmesan, basil and olive oil.

There are soon to be a whopping seventeen branches of Franco Manca throughout the capital, from Soho to Southfields and Covent Garden to Chiswick. Great chicken parmesan recipe Despite its size, the slightly sour, salty chewy Neapolitan base which made such an impression at the original Brixton Market branch remains, as do the simple but well-sourced toppings. Chicken parmesan recipe baked The original Brixton branch is still the best, hence we’re putting this in the south London category.

If authentic Neapolitan pizza is your thing, then you’ll struggle to find a better spot than Santa Maria this side of an EasyJet flight. Parmesan crusted chicken tgi fridays It’s run by Neapolitans Angelo and Pasquale who are so fanatical about their pizza that they’ve been known to turn away those who just order salad – but why would you do that? Stretchy pizza bases are pleasingly chewy and laden with fine Italian produce. Parmesan crusted chicken with mayo Try the Santa Bufalina topped with tomato, buffalo mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil and fresh basil – a fine example of less is more.

Pizzas that Neapolitans would hold dear to their hearts are served at this small Streatham spot – and it’s all about the base. Parmesan chicken mayo Light and air-filled, it’s crackingly crisp on the outside but chewily moist within. Fried chicken parmesan recipes Simple but could quality toppings complete the package.