Theo's Pizzeria - Camberwell
Every day the pizza elves at Theo’s abide by an 11-page document on what makes a Neapolitan pizza bang, resulting in a gigantic wood-fired oven doing what it does and creating delicious discs of sourdough laden with punchy flavours. But what really sets Theo's apart from other pizza purveyors is the top-shelf ingredients. Toppings are actually kept pretty simple, allowing their quality to shine through. Seasonal veggies, imported Italian meats, creamy buffalo mozzarella - it’s all packed with aroma and essence. We just can't help but respect anywhere that makes its own (incredible) chilli sauce, shoves wine and beer into sturdy Pyrex jugs and humbly plonks everything in front of you without any particular fanfare. They know it's tasty, you know it's tasty - there's no need to tart it up with unnecessary extras.
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