Italy's most famous pizzeria sets up shop in London

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Italy's most famous pizzeria sets up shop in London
Crowds queue outside the original Naples branch. Photo: yashima/Flickr

The 'Da Michele' pizzeria in Naples is known as the best in the world, catering to hundreds of hungry Italians each night, and was featured in the film Eat, Pray, Love. Now, Londoners too can have a taste of Italy.


The Naples pizzeria, which opened in 1870, seats 80 people at its simple tables. Only two flavours are served - margherita and marinara - and hungry visitors often queue patiently outside for hours before getting a seat.

The inside is unassuming, but a photo of Roberts during filming is displayed near the entrance, amongst other memorabilia including poems, family photos and information about the Condurro family, which has run the eatery since its humble beginnings.

Now the family has given its blessing for a London branch of the Antica Pizzeria Da Michele, which will be managed by the fifth generation.

The British restaurant will open in Stoke Newington, northwest London (125 Church Street, to be precise).

"The smell of the pizzeria in Naples is unique and unrepeatable," said Alessandro Condurro, who is in charge of the London branch, according to La Repubblica. "But we're trying to recreate the same atmosphere."

This will be the first European expansion of the Da Michele brand, but two branches have opened in Japan, in 2012 and 2015.

In London, two additional varieties of pizza will be served alongside the two staples, changing each week as part of a series of "tests" to help the pizzeria adapt to British tastes. A selection of beers will be available to wash down the pizza.

One thing is certain though: only Italian ingredients will be used.

Da Michele will open in London in mid-November, but the date has not yet been announced. However, photos published on its social media pages show the preparations underway.

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