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Santa Maria Pizzeria

Is Santa Maria REALLY the best pizzeria in London? I first heard about it in Time Out when it was voted the best. I have been three times now and can safely say that whilst it is up there, I prefer a couple of other London pizza establishments.

Each time I have been, the service has bothered me a little. I have never experienced service with a smile, which is very important to me. I don’t like to be made to feel that the waiting staff don’t want you there, or see that they don’t even want to be there themselves.

This time I ordered a Santa Bufalina pizza (Tomato sauce, Buffalo D.O.C. mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil, parmesan, and fresh basil – £8.75). I usually order the San Daniele (Italian mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, Parma ham, wild rocket, shaving of Parmesan, extra virgin olive oil and fresh basil – £10.95) but decided that I wanted a change this time, partly because I’m not overly fond of the grated Parmesan that they add to the top of it. My boyfriend stuck to the usual and opted for this one.

So far, this post has been a little negative hasn’t it. But, I have to say that there are plus points about Santa Maria. It is based in the leafy Ealing suburb in a cute little unit with an outdoor seating area. There is a large wood fired pizza oven in the back of the open kitchen, which cooks the pizzas extremely quickly so you know that you can pop in for a quick tasty meal. The base is delicious, thick, doughy and has those lovely little bits of charcoal on the bottom from the wood fire oven. The pizzas are also HUGE, which is great if you’re a hungry lass like me.

I can’t believe I am saying this because I am the biggest cheese lover in the world. From asking for extra cheese at pizza hut as a youngster to putting a whole ball on my home made pizzas, I love my cheese. But there was just too much of it on my Santa Maria pizza. The big blobs were also about 2 cm thick and we walked out of the restaurant feeling a bit queasy. Next time I think I’ll have to ask for less cheese – never before has this happened.

Santa Maria Pizzeria
15 St.Mary’s Road
London
W5 5RA
0208 5791462

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4 Comments

  1. I’ve read about Santa Maria on Time Out and wondered if it would be worth visiting. The pizzas do look nice but I can’t stand too much cheese on them – they need to be light, crisp and tomatoey for me to truly fall in love with them. Had a pork shoulder pizzetta at da polpo last night which was rather salty and delicious, and off to Pizza East next weekend…continuing the quest for perfect London pizza!

    • Food for Think says

      Pizza East pizzas are delicious. I’d recommend the burrata one! I’d definitely say try Santa Maria – would love to hear your thoughts. Another amazing one is Franco Manca – either in Brixton or Chiswick.

  2. Michelangelo says

    Where you least expect it… the pizzas in the Costco eatery are definitely worth a mention – big American style thin based slices for under 2 squid, one of the best pepperoni’s going around.

    btw – Santa Maria is located in Ealing not Richmond.

    • Food for Think says

      Oops – thanks for spotting that mistake! For some reason I always get the two mixed up.

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