My love for pizza is relatively new-found. I never really ate pizza as a child and when I did it normally came in the form of deep pan and frozen. Throughout university, pizza seemed to be the hangover food of choice as Domino’s reeled all the students in. However, I always felt bloated and sluggish afterwards and saw the process as more of a morning after ritual than an enjoyable meal. So as you see, with pizza, I could take it or leave it and I really didn’t see what the big fuss was about. That was until I moved opposite a Sodo Pizza Café.
As I spent a fair amount of time in my local watering hole, The George and Vulture, one of the first things I noticed was the pizza chef working at one end of the bar, rolling out dough, carefully arranging toppings before putting the pizzas into a wood fired oven. The pizzas are made with a sour dough base which come out crispy and thin. They offer a variety of toppings – my favourite is the Lorena – tomato, mozzarella, butternut squash, rosemary, feta and pine nuts – simply delicious! Even something as simple as the Margherita tastes wonderful with finishing touches of olive oil and basil to bring out the flavour of the sweet tomatoes. And I can’t even describe the smell that comes from those ovens which makes walking past the pub a real challenge.
Although my love affair with Sodo Pizza is still going strong, I have realised that it may be time to tear myself away and try some other pizza establishments in London so watch this space.
Pizzas typically range from £8-10 but if you become a member then you can take advantage of 2-4-1 Mondays. Ask at the bar for more details. You can also find Sodo Pizza Cafés at Clapton and Honor Oak Park.
Sodo Pizza Cafe,
The George and Vulture,
63 Pitfield Street,