Knead to know! Where to find the best pizzas in Essex
From bottomless pizza in the city to top takeaway nights in the countryside, here are some of my favourite places to grab a slice of the action.
Moto Pizza, Chelmsford
Press for pizza! This trendy pizzeria on the corner of Baddow Road boasts a bottomless pizza service like no other. Choose your table, hit the green light and your server will bring over a selection of freshly-made, wood-fired pizzas to pick from. Not your flavour? Wait until the next round. Stuffed? Press the red light and roll on home.
The Stores, Great Waltham
Where Friday nights are at. Once a week, this cool indy coffee shop teams up with local mobile pizza company Woodley’s Pizza to bring the villagers of Great Waltham and beyond a cracking pop-up pizza night. We’re talking homemade, wood-fired goodness topped with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. *Cancels Friday night plans and puts on PJs*
A little slice of London in Essex. This trendy Italian eatery in Brentwood (the stylish sister to Figo Leyton and Stratford) is all crushed velvet seating and low, industrial lighting – perfect if you’re looking for posh pizza washed down with a cocktail or two. The bad news? No PJs allowed. Well, unless you have those posh silk designer ones that all the cool kids are wearing.
Pizza Pizza, Leigh-on-Sea
Hands up who likes ‘em hot and sloppy? Ok, that doesn’t sound that appealing (!) but apparently that’s a good thing when it comes to Neopolitan pizza. This modern little Leigh-on-Sea joint boasts cool indoor/outdoor seating, which gives us proper summer-in-Naples vibes. Just add Aperol.
Cuckoo Dough, Colchester
How about a bottomless pizza brunch? Yep, we’re talking unlimited Margheritas (of the booze and pizza variety) for just £35. If you can move after all that pizza, head upstairs to the roof terrace for a spot of all-day drinking. Or, a mint tea before the taxi arrives to take you home to bed.
The Kings Head, Ongar
Pizza and a pint, anyone? Ok, maybe a Pinot instead. Don’t be fooled by its pub-like appearance (yes, I know it is actually a pub) because inside is a state of the art wood-fired oven cooking up pizzas that could rival that of an Italian pizzeria. Everything from the 00 flour to the Fior di Latte Mozzarella are sourced from Naples. Grab a table outside and tuck in.
Lucca Enoteca, Manningtree
Think elegant enoteca (the clue’s in the name) meets buzzy trattoria. As for the pizza? We’re talking wood-fired deliciousness topped with all the authentic Italian ingredients a girl could wish for. The Gambari pizza gets our vote every time – I mean garlic chilli prawns on a pizza? Er, yes.
Cowabunga Pizza, Colchester
Ok, so I’ve heard of leopard print shoes but never a leopard print pizza crust – a signature of each Cowabunga slice. Another brilliant bottomless option in Colchester, its graffiti-clad décor and relaxed vibe makes it a fun choice for couples of families (there’s a kids bottomless menu too, FYI).
Ugo’s Pizza, Leigh-on-Sea
This family-run pizza joint on Broadway West is renowned for its epic Neapolitan slices. The delicious dough is handmade and fermented for 48 hours to make sure it’s super light and extra tasty. Now, that’s science we can get behind!