Soft launch: Get 50% off food at Santa Maria Fitzrovia 1-13 February 2018.
A Fitzrovia branch of this growing mini-chain of pizzerias.
Harden's survey result
“Consistently fantastic pizza, with interesting toppings and a nicely textured base” have created a major buzz around this independent Neapolitan trio, which started out in Ealing before opening off Fulham Broadway and in Fitzrovia. It’s still the W5 original that incites most fuss – “a small cafe/bistro, it’s always crowded you can end up sitting in a rather tight, alley-like room” although in recent times they’ve also colonised the Red Lion next door so you can “set yourself down at the pub and tuck in with more space and vibe”.
“The best pizza in London” is a claim that’s regularly made for the “tight on space, and always crowded” Ealing original of this small group (which “has expanded into the Red Lion pub next door”) – “the ingredients are painstakingly sourced and the attention to detail on the dough is second to none!” With the chain expanding constantly, however (they’ve just opened in Fitzrovia), overall marks support those who feel “the pizzas are good… perhaps not as good as the reputation”.
Santa Maria Restaurant Diner Reviews
"If you like uncooked, sour pizza dough, and toppings that do not look like they have touched an oven, with olives out of a jar and artichokes out of a can, then this is the place to go. I really enjoy a good pizza but certainly not here, and if this is the best pizza in London, I will only eat them in Italy from now on. Service was lacklustre - greeted by a cheery 'we want your table back in an hour and a half' when we had made a booking that didn't say that. When we had finished eating we felt we were being rushed - despite only having been there an hour - and they kept coming back every couple of minutes to see if we wanted anything else. It was my birthday and I was looking forward to a nice meal. We left as soon as possible."