Pizza Pilgrims

Pizza Pilgrims was founded in 2012 by brothers, James and Thom Elliot. Both working other jobs, the idea for the pizza business was dreamt up at a night in the pub, and Thom quit his job the next day. Before the pair began their journey, they knew very little about pizza, and a six week trip through Italy at 19mph changed all that! They visited fantastic pizza hotspots, learning more of Italian food and culture, and visiting restaurants across Calabria, Tuscany and Piedmont (and many more!). They visited producers of everything from mozzarella to basil; learning all the Italian secrets of how to make a great pizza. Here the pilgrimage was born, and the Elliot brothers visited 30 stops around Italy instead of the original five they had already planned. To this day, they still source a great deal of their ingredients from the suppliers they met at the very start of their pilgrimage. The Pizza served today has a double fermented dough topped with the finest ingredients and baked at 500° to give a light, chewy and charred crust – just like in Naples!

On the brothers’ pilgrimage, one thing they fast began to realise is that pizza should be accessible for everyone, and this is something they have worked very hard on. Pizza Pilgrims offers both delicious vegetarian and vegan options, and has also introduced gluten friendly and halal options.

From humble beginnings, Pizza Pilgrims has now been named one of the must-eat pizza places worldwide, and luckily enough Londoners have several to choose from, one of which is right here in Covent Garden. Based on Garrick Street, a minute from Leicester square station, Pizza Pilgrims is the perfect place for a pre or post theatre feast. The Covent Garden restaurant is walk in only so there is no need to worry about booking in advance.