Eat, Pray, Love
The original London outpost of the pizzeria can be found on Baker Street, but the founding restaurant hails all the way from the origin of pizza itself: Naples. Michele of the Condurro family opened his first pizzeria in 1906, with generation six of master pizza makers continuing his legacy. The restaurant’s enduring success can be credited to the use of natural ingredients, and a traditional, time-tested method of leavening the pizza dough.
Eating pizza at Da Michele is so mind-blowing that it was only a matter of time until it would be picked up and featured in a piece of literature, and then a film. In her memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert mentions the pizzeria Da Michele where “the pies we have just ordered, one for each of us, are making us lose our mind.” We know the feeling. We pray to return ASAP whenever we treat ourselves to a Da Michele pizza.
Da Michele in Soho
Except for the extra-luxurious Gold Pizza, you’ll find all of Baker Street’s pizza classics on the Soho menu. Desserts are the same too, but starters include new additions such as Burrata and Aubergine, Oyster, and Sauté di Mare (fresh mussels and clams in extra virgin olive oil and white wine). There is a new mains section with items such as Octopus Luciana (an octopus stew with creamy saffron potato) and Catalana Lobster.
If you have that one shocking friend who’s not that into pizza, bathe in beautiful pizza bliss while they enjoy some pasta. Reflective of the rest of the menu’s new seafood additions, there are Frutti di mare pasta options such as Spaghetti Mussel and Linguine Lobster. And prepare yourself for some smoking cocktails like Green Eyes – an absinthe, rum, double cream, pistachio cream concoction.
If you love pizza as much as we do, there are many other pizza spots to try in the capital. From tender stem broccoli pizzas to those made in Roman style, – with thin, crispy bases – the choice is plenty.
Where? 44 Old Compton Street, Soho, London W1D 4TY
When? 20th February, 6 pm