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Summary

“Despite the ever-expanding franchise”, the pizzas are “solidly enjoyable and a cut above” (“you’ve just got to love the sourdough bases” and “quality toppings”), according to the hordes of fans of the “buzzing, busy and rather cramped” branches of this crazily expanding chain, which nowadays is the survey’s “go-to for a cheap ’n’ cheerful family pizza”, eclipsing the once-mighty PizzaExpress in the level of interest it generates. There’s no hiding its steadily declining ratings, though, with a sentiment that “while it’s still usually very reliable, standards have slipped over repeat visits”; for its harshest critics the effect is now “Frankly Manky!”.

£30
    £
2
Average
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“If this is what passes for chain-pizza these days, we are indeed living in fine times!” From humble Brixton Market origins, these “frenetic” and “rather basic” cafés have embarked on “a mammoth roll-out” and even if ratings don’t equal the early days, most reporters marvel at how steady quality has remained. It’s the sourdough bases – “crispy on the outside with a fine, chewy taste towards the centre” – that make dishes “so much better than bog standard”, along with “bold” toppings (“away from the run-of-the-mill”) all at “keen prices”.

£27
    £
3
Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Who knew a chain could do such great pizza?!” – their “slightly chewy”, but thin, fresh and “so-darn-tasty” wood-fired, sourdough crusts (plus “a few simple toppings packed with flavour”) help maintain surprisingly high ratings for this VC-backed brand. Branches are “chaotic and noisy” but “for such authentic quality they still offer amazing value”.

£22
    £
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Even my Italian girlfriend rates it!”; “amazingly yummy”, sourdough-based pizza (“how do they make it fluffy and crisp simultaneously?”) at “very keen” prices wins a ginormous fan club for this fast-expanding, “energetic” (“crowded and noisy”) chain; no bookings – “you queue out of the door most days”.

£20
    £
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Restaurant details

Highchair, Portions
50
Opening hours

Last orders: 11 pm, Sun 10.30 pm

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