It’s not often I respond to an email with a shrill screech, leaping up and scrabbling around in my overstuffed handbag for my diary in order to get a particular date in as quickly as possible before the offer dissipates into thin air. Yet this was the response to the invitation from the lovely Alexandra at Zomato to come along to Pizza Pilgrims in Soho to test out the contenders for October’s Pizza of the Month, with lots of other lovely bloggers. I’ve been a fan of Pizza Pilgrims for ages, brothers James and Thom Elliot make proper Naples-style pizzas with chewy bases and masses of topping – far preferable to the thinner Roman-style in my opinion.
James explained the idea, which was that five members of the Pizza Pilgrims team came up with a concept each, we tried them all and then voted for the winner which was to become the special for October. After some red wine, prosecco and an overdue catch up with Sam The Food Fan, we got cracking.
Pizza Pilgrims #PizzaGods
The Mellow Yellow (by Dario)
Ricotta infused with saffron, fried courgettes, provola & Parmesan bread crumbs
A very strong start by Dario, all the toppings complimented each other perfectly. As it was the first contender and I was starving, I hoovered up about three slices.. not ideal given what was to come.. *it’s a marathon not a sprint*
We were then served a margherita ‘palate cleanser’ before the second round. Never had a palate-cleansing pizza before but it’s a habit I’m looking to get firmly into.
Zucca, I Am Your Father (by Fabio)
Pumpkin puree base, rosemary, provola & pancetta
Wow, a little slice of heaven (ok two slices..) The pumpkin puree was just sweet enough and delicious with the salty pancetta. Rosemary made the whole thing taste autumnal, and everything is good when covered in provola. My favourite so far.
Bumblebee-Tuna (by Giada)
Margherita with tuna, sweetcorn, black olives, sliced red onion, parmesan & basil
This was probably the prettiest pizza, it was very inviting and the colours really stood out. I’m not a fan of tuna or olives though so it wasn’t a winner in my opinion. I’m sure if you like them this one would’ve been delicious!
Sausage & Mash (By Alessio)
White pizza with Italian fennel salsiccia, onion & porcini gravy, mashed potato, basil & parmesan
I was in the bathroom when this one came out, hence it being half gone by the time I took a photo! But it was very good, you could taste the fennel in the sausage, the gravy was rich and the mash was creamy. It’s pretty heavy though so not sure I could eat a whole one – but currently my second favourite.
The P.L.T. (by Matteo)
White pizza with provola & porchetta, dressed with fresh romaine lettuce and sliced beef tomatoes
The sandwich theme with the final contender was great – it was a nice twist, and I love porchetta. It really did taste like a delicious, fresh sandwich, but I think with a pizza you want it hot and the cheese melted. So good but not the champion.
My favourite of the evening was undoubtedly Zucca, I Am Your Father, and I wasn’t alone as it got the most votes overall and will now be on the menu throughout October – hurrah!
We finished off the evening with a shot of Pococello – the limoncello love-child of Pizza Pilgrims and Chase Vodka, and the perfect refreshing digestif.
Go Get It..
Zucca, I am your father is available from Monday 5th October and I’d highly recommend going to try it. Pizza Pilgrims also rustle up a great coffee in the morning (with added rum if you’re hungover) and they do a variety of tipples throughout the day in addition to their lush pizzas. They’re in Kingly Court and Dean Street, both in Soho, and the van moves about – check here for latest locations.