You’d be forgiven for thinking that every day was National Pizza Day, but Friday 9 February is the official day of the pizza, both here in the UK and the US (where it’s National Pizza Pie Day!). So switch your pepperoni for something a little more adventurous, because London is well on board with cool pizza collaborations, discounts and even a huge pizza party…
1 National Pizza Day Preview Party at Hawker House
Start the celebrations early with Foodism x Street Feast’s pizza party at Hawker House in Canada Water. Sample an enviable collection of the country’s stand-out pizza restaurants, including Pizza Pilgrims, Radio Alice, Born & Raised, Baz & Fred and Sodo Pizza, as well as special pizza puddings from Chin Chin Labs and Nonna’s Gelato. Tickets £15, including a cold can of Budweiser and your choice of either a Negroni or a Martini & Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic. Running 4pm-midnight.
Hawker House, Canada Street SE16 7PJ. For tickets see eventbrite.co.uk
2 400 Rabbits x Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen
400 Rabbits and Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen, which recently closed its shipping container doors in Brixton to pursue new adventures, have teamed up to create a meat pizza collaboration (£9.50) and a veggie pizza collaboration (£8.50), available for the whole of February. The meat pizza has jollof nine-spice ground lamb, spicy peanut sauce, cassava, spring onions, tomatoes and mozzarella, while the veggie special has Ghanaian chilli, garlic-marinated baby aubergines, shito mayonnaise, yellow peppers, rocket, tomatoes and goat’s cheese. Available throughout February and with 30% off (applies to all pizzas) on National Pizza Day.
Find them at 30-32 Westow Street, Crystal Palace SE19 3AH & 143 Evelina Road, Nunhead SE15 3HB; 400rabbits.co.uk
3 Hai Cenato x Massimo Bottura
It’s always Pizza Day at Jason Atherton’s Hai Cenato, which runs a monthly guest chef pizza series. This month, the legendary three Michelin-starred chef Massimo Bottura has created an exclusive pizza topped with Cotechino (an Italian pork sausage), shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano, caramelised onions and a drop of Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena (an aged Balsamic vinegar from Modena, the home of Bottura’s award-winning restaurant, Osteria Francescana). The pizza, available for the whole of February, is priced £14.50 with £1 going to Hospitality Action.
2 Sir Simon Milton Square, Victoria SW1E 5DJ; haicenato.co.uk
4 Pizza Roulette at Martello Hall & Canova Hall
Hackney’s Martello Hall and Brixton’s Canova Hall are spicing things up with a fiery Pizza Roulette during week-long celebrations, running from 5-9 February. Diners ordering a ‘special’ Rock Star Margherita (stracciatella, mozzarella, roast tomatoes, rocket & salsa verde, £11) will be in for a spicy surprise as one slice will be peppered with hidden heat – a Birdseye chilli seamlessly disguised within their homemade tomato sauce base. To take the edge off, pair it with a cooling Cucumber & Elderflower Collins, which can be ordered together with the Rock Star Margherita for £18 (cocktail normally £10).
137 Mare Street, Hackney E8 3RH; martellohall.com
250 Ferndale Road, Brixton SW9 8BQ; canovahall.com
5 Gelato Pizza Cake & Jackfruit Vegan Pizza at Yard Sale
Yard Sale is getting thoroughly involved in National Pizza Day, offering up a Margarita Gelato Pizza Cake by street food favourites Nonna’s Gelato (made with a brioche dough base and topped with basil-infused Fior di Latte gelato, a sweet tomato coulis ripple and garnished with candied basil leaves), as well as a crispy jackfruit vegan pizza with fresh chipotle slaw, blue ‘cheese’ sauce and buffalo sauce, made in collaboration with Biff’s Jack Shack. The cake will be available at the Hawker House Pizza Party on 8 February and at all three Yard Sale sites on National Pizza Day; the jackfruit vegan pizza will be available from 5-11 February at all sites.
Find Yard Sale pizza in Clapton, Finsbury Park and Walthamstow; yardsalepizza.com
6 Macellaio RC x Harrods Pizzeria
Italian restaurant Macellaio RC and Harrods have joined forces to create a special menu for Pizzeria in Harrods, taking the form of a culinary battle between resident head chef Guiseppe Silvestri and guest chef Matteo Riganelli from Macellaio RC. The ‘battle’ will be based on the longstanding friendly rivalry between the Neopolitan ‘pizza’ and the Ligurian ‘pissa’. The special menu, featuring a choice of three Neopolitan style pizza and three Ligurian style pizzas, launches on National Pizza Day and is available until 18 February. Plus, on Valentine’s Day, the chefs are offering romantic heart-shaped sharing pizzas with two different toppings. Both menus will be served from Harrods’ Pizzeria & Canti Prosecco Bar.
87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge SW1X 7XL; harrods.com
7 Bunga Bunga’s Pizza Cocktail
Bunga Bunga Battersea has created a pizza-inspired cocktail for National Pizza Day. The Tricolore is made with Italian Dry Gin, Aperol, Cherry Tomatoes and Basil Syrup, topped with a Burrata and Peroni Beer Foam, available from 9-11 February. On National Pizza Day itself, both BungaTINI in Covent Garden and Bunga Bunga Battersea will be offering everyone who signs up via nationalpizzaday.co.uk 30% off all pizzas.
37 Battersea Bridge Road SW11 3BA & 167 Drury Lane, Covent Garden WC2B 5PG; bungabunga-london.com
8 Pizza Pilgrims x Neil Rankin
Pizza Pilgrims are working with Temper’s Neil Rankin to put the questions of whether pineapple belongs on pizza to bed forever with their Great Pineapple Debate. The collaboration will see the launch of the Hawaii Not? pineapple pizza at the Hawker House Pizza Party on 8 February before letting it loose at all Pizza Pilgrims pizzerias from Friday. So let’s settle this ‘spiky’ issue once and for all – are you team #HawaiiNot? or team #HawaiiOhWhy?
Pizza Pilgrims have seven London outlets. See pizzapilgrims.co.uk
9 Prezzo’s New Charcoal Pizza Specials
Italian pizza chain Prezzo is introducing two brand new black charcoal-based pizza specials on National Pizza Day. The black pizzas are made with activated charcoal dough and come in two forms: The Etna, with a garlic chilli and tomato base, topped with calabrese sausage, pepperoni, roquito chilli pearls, rocket and mozzarella; and The Monte Bianco, with a béchamel sauce base, topped with fresh mozzarella, truffle infused oil and rocket. The black pizzas are available at all 265 Prezzo sites across the UK and, on National Pizza Day itself, you can get 30% off all pizzas.
10 Nationwide #NationalPizzaDay 30% Discount
On National Pizza Day itself you can enjoy a whopping 30% discount at over 400 participating pizza restaurants up and down the country. To qualify for the deal and see which restaurants are participating, sign up to the Foodism newsletter and download the voucher here nationalpizzaday.co.uk. London pizza favourites like Pizza Pilgrims, Yard Sale, Voodoo Rays, Radio Alice and 400 Rabbits are on board, as well as nationwide operators including Strada, Gusto, Rossopomodoro and Prezzo, with most offering both eat-in and takeaway options.