I am a freelance writer, editor and teacher based in north London.
Published November 5th 2012
Now for something truly special. As the autumnal breeze turns into a winter chill and the evenings seemingly begin at lunchtime, my thoughts begin to turn to take away food. I have a drawer full of menus, with more arriving on my doorstep each day, yet I tend to stick to just a handful of tried and tasted favourites. Excuse the pun. I liked it. You don't have to.
A place that repeatedly takes my money is Pizza Lupa in Crouch End. They also have branches in Hampstead, Canary Wharf and London Bridge and I would highly recommend them if you live near one of these locations.
Often, when munching on a take away pizza, I am left wondering whether the extra money was really worth it. I mean, the quality of 'supermarket finest' pizzas these days really is very good, and you can often get one for half the price of a take away, or less.
Pizza Lupa avoids that sensation by fastidiously focusing on the highest quality of ingredients and a traditional wood firing oven. They set up their family business in 2004 and won and Pizza, Pasta and Italian Food award in 2010/2011.
They take the simple things, like rocket, Parma ham and succulent olives and use them to decorate air-thin pizza bases that provide the perfect vehicle for the toppings. The side orders are a must too, with the herby potato salad being my favourite. They really make it worth spending the extra few pounds and livening up your evening, when the thought of the oven makes you dizzy.