By Maggie Majstrova
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First of all, I would like to preface this piece by saying that although I have a doughy soft spot for a good pizza (sorry – too cheesy?!), my fiancé is the one that drives our love for this dish thanks to being a self-proclaimed Ninja Turtle (something about only eating pizza and wearing red when he was a kid, otherwise he’s completely normal, promise!). With NY Fold and Pizza Pilgrims still firmly on my personal to do list, Homeslice was the pick of the week.
Arriving shortly before 6:30pm on a Tuesday and knowing that Homeslice is way too cool to take a table booking – I think this stems from their days of being a pop up, which has now made permanent, but for me it works – we were told to expect a 45 minute wait. Having visited Homeslice a handful of times before, this was the shortest wait time I’d ever been given and seeing as we were in the heart of Covent Garden, it’s not like there aren’t about a million pubs and bars to wait in. Not to mention our little haven Forbidden Planet.
Anyway, we left our mobile number and having received a call back about 30 minutes later, we made our way to our table (along with two of our friends (first timers at Homeslice) and our newly purchased Carcassonne board game and the first book of Game of Thrones).
The setting is pretty small – probably also an overhang from its pop up days – but actually, I think that adds to the atmosphere. We opted for two 20” pizzas, each a ‘half-and-half’ option and at £20 each an absolute bargain. Homeslice offer a changing menu, which is made up of a combination of toppings but also different bases to suit, meaning you rarely end up having the same thing even if you visit fairly regularly.
In our case, we opted for salami, rocket and parmesan on a tomato base, aubergine, cauliflower cheese (yep, you read it right!), spinach and harissa, braised brisket and pickles on a BBQ base and mushroom, ricotta, pumpkin seed and chilli on a garlic base. Overall, my expectations were totally met – although the pizzas do look absolutely HUGE when they come out (in fact, we had to employ some pretty nifty puzzle solving skills to fit them both on our table for four at the same time), thanks to the thinness of the dough, you manage to finish your half and feel full, but not like you’re about to drift off into a food coma.
The base is slightly salted and the pizza made in a wood fire oven, which I think works really well with the flavours the Homeslice Gods come up with. Though, if I had to point out anything, it would be that the brisket pizza could have done with more BBQ – I really couldn’t taste it much at all. But for me, the clear winner was my own choice – the mushroom, pumpkin seed, ricotta and chilli. The flavours work wonderfully together and the little kick at the end is to die for.
Generally speaking, I think the atmosphere works well (paper plates and all) and I love seeing the new flavours that appear on the menu every few months so Homeslice is firmly on my personal list of best pizzerias in London until the foreseeable future. I mean .. you have to keep testing these things .. right?
By Esin Huseyin
Now we all know there’s one thing I love and that’s burgers, but I’m also pretty fond of a good ol’ pizza. For those of you that keep up to date with my food reviews, you’ll know that Pizza Pilgrims has topped the charts for me over the last couple of months…until now.
Everyone and their mum has been harping on about Homeslice, and unless you’ve been living under a giant rock, you would have seen via social media the seriously huge pizzas that they’re offering.
It’s a pretty
small intimate sized restaurant with dinner hall styled long benches, as well as the conventional individual tables. Luckily for me, the sunshine was out and I got the chance to sit outside – every person that walked past commented on how big…our pizza was. It is a laid back place with your pizza being served with paper plates and a cut your own slices attitude, but it works.
Located in Neal’s Yard, which oddly enough I’ve never been to either, it had a pretty thriving atmosphere. I had been told that I would find myself waiting anywhere between 45 minutes to an hour, by those that had been before. When I turned up, granted inside and out were full – we were asked to leave our number and were given half an hour as an estimated waiting time.
Not even 10 minutes later I received a call to say that there was a table outside if we wanted to nab it – even better. Long story short, after having to hustle people who had just sat down in our seats, we were checking out the menu and excited at the prospect of a large pizza. You’re able to grab a slice of pizza for £4 or grab an entire 20-inch pizza for £20, which is what we did, and we even opted for the half-and-half option.
They had everything from your regular cheese and tomato pizza, through to vegetarian options, as well as the highly anticipated salami & rocket – which was recommended by Zomato. We opted for half salami, rocket & parmesan with pulled BBQ brisket with pickles.
I’ll say it now, and I’ll say it proud, the Salami option was an absolute euphoric experience. Great salami to cheese ratio, and there was just a hint of spice to it. The dry parmesan and bitter rocket was a great addition to the juicy, and yes slightly oily, salami. As my boyfriend put it – “winner winner, salami dinner”.
The BBQ brisket was also pretty nice, you could taste a slight pickled flavour, but it would have been nice if there was a little more BBQ to it. I did however get another recommendation of lamb shoulder next time we come, which we will.
For those of you that don’t know the pizzas are wood-fired, which means there is a little smokiness to the dough – this went pretty well with the flavours we chose. The dough was beautifully cooked, thin based yet just the right thickness for the crusts – well done for salting the crusts as well, shit, I need a clapping emoji for everyday life sitations such as this.
Yes, you can find yourself waiting a while (there was a 2 and a half hour wait when we were leaving) but the pizzas, flavours and service are amazing.