Have you heard it’s National Pizza Day this Sunday 9th February? A firm favourite with both big and little kids, pizza is a classic choice when it comes to family feasting. With oodles of choice across the capital, we’ve whittled it down to the ten best family-friendly pizza emporiums well worth a visit.
If a rustic pizza is something you’re yearning for then Pizza East is just the ticket. With Table Talk guests Lizzie Loves Healthy’s Lizzie King and Mimi’s Table founder Miriam Cooper hailing Pizza East as a family-fave, their soft ciabatta style dough offers up a moorish slice with just the right bite for those who like to tuck in crust first! Meat lovers will adore the veal meatballs pizza licked with cream, prosciutto and sage. Whilst the ingredients hark back to sun-soaked fields of rural Italy, the buzzy restaurant boasts an industrial decor with oodles of bare brick and concrete.
Kentish Town / Portobello / Shoreditch
With family at the heart of the brand, brothers Matteo and Salvatore Aloe set up Radio Alice alongside long-term pal Emma King. Pizza purists can keep it simple with the purists tomato, garlic and parsley pizza or amp up the flavours with a seasonal Cavolo Nero teaming with leek, taleggio, mustard and fiordilatte mozzarella. A mini menu for little peeps includes a mozzarella and basil pizza and an organic apple juice for a fiver, through in a couple more quid and keep the kids happy with a traditional Italian gelato. Parental perks include a fine selection of organic Italian wine from small producers. The Original Black Garlic is teaming up with Radio Alice to serve up a National Pizza Day special – baked squash, mushrooms, black garlic, goat’s cheese and mozzarella. Amp up your slice with salami for a meaty feast you won’t forget! Plus, the first 10 pizzas served on Sunday are completely and utterly FREE!
16 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NT / 67 Venn St, London, SW4 0BD / Unit 24, Jubilee Place, London, E14 5NY.
A firm favourite of mama of two, author and Table Talk guest – Rebecca Seal, Mamma Dough pizza is a South London neighbourhood gem. Serving up half-sized pizza for bambini, charged at half the price, their sourdough bases and seasonal toppings are a treat. The Carbonara special in Honour Oak Park pays homage to a pasta classic layering mozzarella, parmesan, pancetta, egg, black pepper.Spice loving older kids will go crackers for the nduja and chilli spiked ‘The devil’.
Peckham / Honor Oak Park / Ladywell / Brixton
If you’re kids are keen on pizza and as parents you admire Jason Atherton’s empire of eateries, why not combine fan girling with food fixes at Jason’s buzzy Hai Cenato. Meaning ‘have you eaten’ in Italian, we’re certain you won’t be leaving hungry. An homage to Jason’s favourite New York pizza emporiums, sourdough bases are lovingly topped with a little Michelin-starred magic, think confit lamb neck and ras el hanout, creamy taleggio and wild mushrooms and homemade fennel sausage is an all star upgrade on paltry pepperoni slices. Kids eat free Saturday lunchtime and all day Sunday and are served up a purists pick of a classic margherita or macaroni with tomato sauce, beef ragu or a smattering of cheese.
2 Sir Simon Milton Square, Westminster, London SW1E 5DJ
Founded in Brighton in 2015 and now nestled in the heart of Camden, Purezza are the UK’s first vegan pizzeria and winners of VegfestUK’s Best Restaurant award. The Cheesus is a true twist on the Quattro Formaggio and Pesto Manifesto a colourful homage to Italian ingredients. Calzone, lasagne and pesto spaghetti have all been given a pretty impressive plant-based makeover. Parents, need a good excuse to grab good pizza? Here’s one! Children under 10 get a free mini pizza when you order dishes from the main menu. With a huge range of delicious pizzas to choose from, with less fat and more nutritious ingredients than regular pizza. (Sourdough bases can be swapped for hemp flour or gluten-free options).
43 Parkway, Camden, NW1 7PN
As honest as their slow-rising sourdough bases, the pared back menu at Franco Manca offers only six pizzas and a couple of salads to choose from. Whether your kids fly the tricolour – tomato, homemade mozzarella and basil or fancy a grown-up slice of pepperoni – the number six with cured organic chorizo, this no gimmicks menu will not disappoint. Our favourite, number 5 – a salty anchovy, capers and olive combo smattered atop tomato, garlic and mozzarella. If you’re lucky enough to spot the burrata chalked up on daily specials, snap up a plate of this heavenly ball of creamy goodness – you can thank us later!
Across London and the UK
Family-friendly pizza hotspot, Homeslice, may not have a dedicated kids menu but their whopping 20-inch pizzas are guaranteed to delight the whole family! Big enough to feed 2-3 people, flavours can be split 50/50 which means little ones can tuck into toppings they adore whilst Mum and Dad may want to explore flavours including BBQ beef brisket with pickled carrots and celery. Oh and if you fancy going all out this February check out their Waygu Beef slice of the month.
Shoreditch / White City / City / Marylebone / Covent Garden / Fitzrovia
With branches in Dalston, Shoreditch and Peckham – Voodoo Rays is perfect for quick bite. Serving by the slice, you won’t go hungry as two of their slices is equivalent to a whole 11 inch pizza! From a simple Ray’s Margherita smattered with oregano to the double cheese disco-dancing Giorgio Moroder oozing with goats cheese and mozzarella. All pizzas can be made gluten free (except Porky’s) for those looking for a wheat-free pizza fix.
Dalston / Shoreditch /Peckham
If your offspring are mini-gastronomes, Russell Norman’s Polpo is a true treat and there’s a £6.50 kids menu to boot! Iconic Venetian sharing dishes, the pizette are magical mini rounds layered with the freshest seasonal ingredients. If you can resist ordering a second of the unctuous spinach, parmesan and soft egg we salute you! From savoury to sweet and luckily on both main and kiddies menus, Polpo’s Nutella pizette are famously crisp, drizzled with a generous serving of Nutella and finished with a scattering of chopped hazelnuts and icing sugar.
Notting Hill / Soho / Covent Garden / Smithfield / Chelsea / Brighton
MOD was founded in 2008 by husband and wife, Scott and Ally Svenson, in their hometown of Seattle. Inspired by their own search for quick, affordable, wholesome restaurant options for their growing family, this superfast pizza experience is utterly affordable and delicious by design. With 38 toppings to choose from, 3 sizes of base and dairy-free cheese also on offer, MOD is an ideal pick for families looking for a DIY approach to pizza making. If all that choice is just too mind-blowing, their classics are 9 of the most popular pizza combos and also available in mini, MOD or mega sizes.
Locations across London and the UK