A Pox on the Pizza Polka Dots

pizza polka dots
Until this week I assumed the appearance of mozzarella polka dots on Neapolitan-style pizzas was an unintended consequence of using the wrong cheese or handling the right cheese improperly.

But groundbreaking London pizza merchants like Franco Manca and Pizza Pilgrims may be convincing a new wave of pizza bakers and eaters that the dots are desirable.

“They’re becoming quite the fashion, aren’t they?” observed Nick Buckland of Yard Sale Pizza, a new pizzeria on Lower Clapton Road in the heart of hipster East London. [Read more...]

Neapolitan Pizza Master Enzo Coccia Loves Stringy Fior di Latte


Neapolitans may sing the praises of Mozzarella di Bufala Campana DOP but mostly they eat fior di latte – mozzarella made from cow’s milk – on their pizza.
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Acme Coffee Cups: An Icon as Plain as Can Be

acme bottom greyIf there’s a lesson to be learned from the Looney Tunes Road Runner animated cartoons it’s this:

A-C-M-E spells doom.

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Da Michele’s Master Pizzaiolo Shows His Age

luigi condurroThe very first pizza of PizzaTuesday Naples, the young&foodish group tour of the world’s pizza capital, was shaped by the hands of Luigi Condurro at the legendary L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele.

The master pizzaiolo lightly pinched the corners of the uncooked pizza and stretched it over the pizza peel, using the edges of that long-handled wood paddle to hold the flattened dough’s drawn-out shape.

Luigi the virtuoso voiced his love for pizza with his fingertips, even when addressing the question asked and answered in the short video above. [Read more...]

For 3 Franco Pepe Pizzas, A Special Delivery

Forget the great operatic tenors of La Scala. No voice in all of Italy is so lyrical as that of a Pepe in Grani waiter serving you a Franco Pepe pizza.

At this incomparable pizzeria in a hilltop village some 30 miles (50km) north of Naples, every pizza made by Pepe, the Maestro of Caiazzo, is served with all the pomp it merits.

We’re at the PizzaTuesday Naples special tasting at Pepe in Grani in March and Cesare, the mirthful waiter, assumes the dual role of cameriere and town cryer, calling out the names and descriptions of each of the 1o Pepe masterpizzas he served. Highlights of his performance are captured in the one-minute video Three Franco Pepe Pizzas (above).

If only Pavarotti were alive today to record his own recitation as he disposed of one Franco Pepe pizza after another.

PizzaTuesday at Pepe in Grani Pepe in Grani, Vico S. Giovanni Battista, 3, Caiazzo, Italy (map) – Tel: +39 0823 862718

PizzaTuesday NaplesThe Next PizzaTuesday Naples

PizzaTuesday Naples, an insider’s tour through the world capital of pizza as well its heartland, will return to Pepe in Grani in October. Click here to submit a request for more information.


Top 10 Reasons To Love the Salt Beef at Tongue & Brisket

10) Central location on Leather Lane in EC1
9) Sandwich under a fiver.
8) John Georgiou has salt beef is his blood.
7) Briskets rotated in and out of their hot bath.
6) Real rye bread, thickly sliced.
5) Deep flavours not savaged by salt.
4) House-brined briskets hand-carved to order.
3) Tender meat breaks apart under pressure.
2) Lots of meat in a sandwich.
1) Plenty of fat (if you want it).

Tongue & Brisket
, 24 Leather Lane, London EC1N 7SU (map)

Bleecker Street Triumphs with Blood and Guts at London Burger Bash Final

bleecker blackZan Kaufman of Bleecker St Burger won the Final of the London Burger Bash on April 5th at Borough Market with a combination of blood and guts. [Read more...]

BurgerMonday Championship Tournament Draw


The names of 8 burger greats were drawn from a hat at the BurgerMonday Championship launch party on Monday April 14th to determine the match-ups in the opening round. All quarter-final and semi-final burger-offs in the #WimbledonOfBurgers are to take place at Climpson’s Arch in East London.

Hawksmoor faced Honest Burgers in the opening quarter-final match on May 5th. Hawksmoor won by 3 votes (out of 500 cast) and awaits the winner of the Disco Bistro vs Elliot’s Cafe showdown on May 19th. 



BurgerMonday Championship


The BurgerMonday Championship is the Wimbledon of burgers, a single-elimination tournament pitting 8 burgers greats –  Almost FamousBleecker St BleeckerBurger BearDisco BistroDip & FlipElliot’s Cafe,  HawksmoorHonest Burgers – against one another in a series of Monday-night match-ups.

The final is August 4th at Climpson’s Arch.


Meet the Burgers #LBBFinal


London Burger Bash Final – 6 April 2014
Jubilee Place at Borough Market
Fred's Bacon Cheeseburger
Piggy Rascal
Mangalitsa brioche bun, aged rib cap patty, Tallegio cheese, Mangalitsa belly bacon, confit pork shoulder, trotter & smoked pig dripping glaze, pickled cucumbers, smoked garlic mayo
Bleecker Black
beef, cheese, black pudding
Grizzly G&T
aged beef patty, wild sloe berry gin bacon jam, smoked bacon, smoked yuzu ketchup, American cheese, disco bun


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