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The Italian restaurants of London are as well regarded as those of any city you’re likely to come across, and the standard across the board is generally fantastic. 500 Degrees on Brendon Street can rightly claim to be among the best pizzerias in Edgware, if not the whole of London, and when you make the trip out to the West, it’s easy to see why. Their oven gets up to the eponymous 500 degrees, courtesy of the wood fire, and as many of their ingredients as possible are imported from the motherland, so you can be confident of an authentic Italian experience. Pay 500 Degrees a visit and you can be sure of a pizza that is well worth writing home about – just make sure that you book ahead of time, as they will get crowded on occasion.
When you’re considering the best pizza in London, there are always a few key elements on which you can fall back to ensure that the cream of the crop rises to the top. A wood-fired oven is essential, so as to impart that authentically Neapolitan char onto the base of the pizza, as is a superb, well-fermented and rested dough, in order to take the char without burning. Ditto proper Italian ingredients are necessary, whether that be proper tomatoes with which to craft that iconic red sauce or the mozzarella and meats to go on the top when its all done. If you choose 500 Degrees on Brendon Street, just off Edgware Road in (unsurprisingly) Edgware, you can rest assured that all of these boxes will be ticked and pizza perfect thus guaranteed.
The oven at 500 Degrees is wood-fired and capable of reaching the eponymous temperature, so that base is covered for starters. As for the ingredients, well, suffice to say they’re keeping revenue and customs in business: everything that can be shipped over from the bel paese is imported, save for the veggies, which are sourced from a nearby farm and delivered daily to maximise freshness. It’s this combination that creates that proper Napoli taste that is rarely replicated in London: head to 500 Degrees to enjoy one of the best Italian restaurants in Edgware, and a pizza the envy of most in London. Book ahead though, as they do get crowded on occasion.