I am a freelance writer, editor and teacher based in north London.
Published December 15th 2012
Who will come out on top(ping)?
Of all the crowns to own, few could be more worthy than that of finest pizza take-away restaurant in Crouch End. Of all the treats that come from living in this lovely part of town, access to quality pizza ranks highest (maybe).
Basilico in Crouch End- the greatest pizza place in the city?
The competition certainly is tough. There are more pizza places than you shake a stuffed crust at, yet Basilico, on Park Road, may have perfected the art of a the quality pizza enough to be consider superior.
Their use of a traditional, wood-firing oven makes me wonder why anyone would deviate into new-fangled devices, such as gas and electricity. Why mess with perfection?
Lactose intolerant people are catered for at Basilico
The toppings are well thought out and bountiful, meaning the 'Pizza Sicilian' comes with gorgeous cherry tomatoes and plump artichokes, and the 'Bella Regazza' comes with succulent peperoni and fresh goat's cheese.
Places like Basilico are rare, yet they each visit makes me resent chain pizza places (who will remain nameless, although I am sure they know who they are), who think a greasy slab of salty dough, dripping in cheap cheese, constitutes a pizza. It doesn't. Some places are less appealing than cheese on toast.
Basilico is raising the bar in terms of take away pizza. It really is like getting a slice (excuse the pun) of Rome in the neighbourhoods of London. If you're feeling particularly ravenous, they have a fantastic array of antipasti to compliment the main course.
With locations across Islington and west London, there's a pretty good chance that you are in the catchment area for one of their stores and could have a pizza on its way within minutes. The more I write, the more I fancy a thin crust, crispy pizza topped with parma ham and rocket. That's dinner sorted.