All the pizza deliveries seem to share the same goal of completing a cheese domino. Basically stuff cheese anywhere you can, inside the crust, triple on the top and more as extra toppings. Like the sole aim was to achieve a big fat cheesecake. Don’t get me wrong, I love the mighty meaty pizza from Dominos, especially the cold ones next morning. Who wouldn’t love to over indulge on cheese. But a good pizza shouldn’t be something that I could only eat once every half a year but something light and thin to have everyday, especially when it was never invented to be junk food. Santa Maria and Franco Manca both fit the bill perfectly.
A while ago, I stumbled onto the best pizza in London article by Timeout, which praised Santa Maria’s traditional Neapolitan pizza and gave it a much deserved crown of ‘best pizza in London’. Its a tiny place at Ealing (W5) with only 6 tables that often result in a long queue. Luckily, the 400 degree oven perfects each pizza by the minute so you’ll never need to wait long.
The menu was presented Wagamama style, with everything listed on a landscape A3. Not many options to choose from but you could add extra toppings to your pizza and finish with a three scoop ice bowl of homemade tiramisu.
Santa Anna - tomato sauce, Italian mozzarella, prosciutto cotto ham, artichokes, black olives, extra virgin olive oil, parmesan, fresh basil
The thin crust had the perfect balance between chewiness and softness with a leopard print of charred edges. The ripe and flavoursome tomatoes dominated the overall flavour rather the usual army of cheese, though it was more acidic than I preferred. The 12 inch pizza was easily and quickly demolished, especially when the filling crust was barely noticeable. It was a great pizza, definitely one of the best I’ve had in London.
Compared to Franco Manca's slow raised sourdough crust, Santa Maria's pizza shined more on the tomato front with a more intense flavour. I love both places equally, but if you are a crust person, Franco Manca would be a better choice.
Verdict - 4/5
Food (top London pizza) - Ealing residents are so lucky to have this pizza restaurant as a local. Certainly one of the best Pizzas in London and worth the trek to W5 for.
Service (good) - the problem with Santa Maria is, travel will likely to take over 30 minutes but you’ll only need 15 minutes to order and finish your pizza (without taking into account of potential queue).
Cost (bargain) - the margherita was only £6.50 and even the most expensive pizza with Neapolitan aalame and sausagewas below £10.
15 Saint Mary’s Road, London
W5 5RA , 020 8579 1462