Are Pizzas the new burgers? The growing love for Pizza is oh so welcome and thankfully Pizza Express and ASK Pizza are no longer the destinations, let's not even mention Pizza Hut and Domino's.
We are now blessed in London with great Pizza restaurants. Homeslice started it and now they are everywhere. Add to the list, we also have Franco Manca, Pizza Pilgrim, Sodo Pizza, Yard Sale (BLOG COMING SOON), Pizza East, NY Fold and now Joe Public Pizza.
Joe Public Pizza in Clapham serves up Californian style pizza with a full array of toppings. These are served either by the slice or by huge 20 inch Pies.
Strangely enough, the location of Joe Public Pizza is one of its key selling points. Based at a reclaimed Victorian toilet immediately outside Clapham Common station, this stall brings huge pizza to South London.
Similarly to Homeslice you can order a 20" pizza with two different halves, hence the four different pizza above. We cut the pizza between us and each slice was a mini feast in itself.
There is is a technique in managing such a big slice and the flip and fold has served me well. The goal is to make sure you don't lose any toppings and you get all the flavours and ingredients in one mouthful. If you can do it, you automatically get an Italian passport.
Joe's list of slice options is impressive and one that you need to think carefully about. The chosen four pizzas we had was to cover five people including two meat eaters, two normal people and a part time vegetarian. Out of about 10, we chose (get ready for a copy and paste job below):
TENDER-STEM BROCCOLI, ONION JAM, GOATS CHEESE, PESTO
SAUSAGE, BACON, GROUND BEEF, PEPPERONI, CARAMELIZED ONION, MOZZARELLA
CHICKEN, HALLOUMI, CHORIZO, OREGANO
CHORIZO, JALAPENOS, GOATS CHEESE, SRIRACH
With such quality in London, how does Joe Public Pizza stack up?
Simply put, Joe stacks up quite well.
The variety of toppings were all great and as a group, we all fell in love with the tender stem broccoli and onion jam pizza. The jam gave a good zing to the pizza and complimented the goats cheese really well.
All the other pizzas had great combos and were a treat. With the good weather and sun setting, spending time with Joe and his pizza was a great evening. A good Pizza down south for all those Londoners and a sign that Pizza in the UK has stepped up its game. The fact that it is just outside the station and the site of an old Victorian WC makes it an even more fun place to visit. Welcome to the hood.