In this week’s post, ACCENT London’s Programs Coordinator Harry Isitt discusses his favorite place to enjoy a quick bite and its unique place in film history.
They say that once you have a favorite local spot, be it a pub, a café, or a restaurant, that nothing can top it. In my case, my favorite local London joint is Santa Maria Pizzeria in South Ealing. This Neapolitan-owned pizzeria has been serving West Londoners like me the best pizza outside of Naples over the last 7 years and has built a devoted following in the process.
The Pizza is sublime; the dough is light, chewy, and crisp all at the same time, while the toppings on all the pizzas are perfectly arranged. My favorite varieties are— and always will be— the San Giuseppe, a sauce-less pizza topped with buffalo mozzarella, friarielli (or rapini) and Italian sausage, and the San Mattia, another sauce-less knockout topped with enough parmesan to scare a cardiologist, buffalo mozzarella, mushrooms and truffle oil… I’m salivating just thinking about it!
The Ealing location opened in 2010, and was barely big enough to seat 15 people. Now, the restaurant has taken over the kitchen of the adjacent pub, The Red Lion (which was always a welcome place to wait the hour or so necessary to get a table at the pizzeria), meaning that the Ealing branch has practically quadrupled its capacity in one fell swoop. This is a much-welcomed move for London Pizza Lovers. The Red Lion itself is famous among film buffs for being the regular haunt for actors and film crew from Ealing Studios, the world’s oldest film studio, where the much loved Ealing Comedies were made. In fact, Alec Guinness, the original Obi-Wan Kenobi and star of nearly all the Ealing Comedies, was a regular in the pub when filming in Ealing, and now pictures and memorabilia from his movies adorn the walls of this beloved pub.
So next time you’re in London, consider taking a trip out to the suburbs to eat London’s best pizza among the stars of yesteryear.
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