So if we share this hidden gem- will it no longer be a hidden gem? The queues are often out of the door, so perhaps the secret is already out. With years of searching for the best pizza, we found it on our doorstep. With regular trips to Italy, often day trips, just to savour a slice who would have thought we’d be happy with a West London pizza parlour. Naples is home of the best pizzas in the world but this place comes pretty close.
Santa Maria Pizzeria is as authentic as it gets in London. Wood fired pizzas from the hole in the wall restaurant are sensational. The pizza is served piping hot, with a light airy base, with a very slight crispness at the edges. They are so fresh and lovely we just can’t get enough. It comes fully loaded with buffalo mozzarella and perfectly tangy, tantalising, sweet tomato sauce and torn fresh basil. We always pick the Margherita, or the Carmela, piled high with Prosciutto ham and mushroom. The aubergine parmigiana is absolutely divine, served with a sour dough bread.
Santa Maria is a no nonsense sort of place, with what feels like hearty, home cooked Italian food. We wish it was somewhere you could go for a big celebration but it isn’t. The food is amazing but if you are having a party you will have to takeaway, as there’s only a few small tables. It’s more suitable for grabbing a quick bite.
It’s definitely worth a detour to Ealing if you are looking for the perfect pizza. Be warned it’s addictive, and you will want to come back and ditch your trips to Italy.
Santa Maria Pizzeria, 15, Saint Mary’s Road, Ealing, London, W5 5RA