From Europe’s largest Hindu temple to a replica of Michelangelo’s David, not to mention London’s ‘Sistine Chapel’ at Painted Hall, the capital has it all.
London is a city where you can see things from (almost) all over the world. The British Museum is an example of this, where you can even see mummies and sarcophagi from Ancient Egypt. But, as well as objects, in the British capital you can find restaurants specialising in all kinds of food: Indian, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Peruvian, etc.
London is also home to the best pizza in Europe outside Italy. 50 Kalò di Ciro Salvo is the restaurant with this award.
📍 50 Kalò di Ciro location
50 Kalò di Ciro has the best pizza in Europe outside of Italy. It is an Italian pizzeria located in the heart of the British capital, in Trafalgar Square.
Its location is ideal at any time of the year. In winter, you can go there to recharge your batteries after visiting the National Gallery – which, if you haven’t been there yet, I highly recommend a visit. It has paintings by Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Jan van Eyck and Leonardo da Vinci, among others.
And, in summer, you can order one of their pizzas and enjoy it overlooking the emblematic Trafalgar Square. Also, if you want to continue your European gastronomic journey through London, I highly recommend the cream cakes at Santa Nata, a 10-minute walk from 50 Kalò di Ciro Salvo.
🚌 How to get to 50 Kalò di Ciro Salvo
The nearest underground stop is Charing Cross (Northern line and Bakerloo line). You can also walk (about 10 minutes) from Embankment (Circle line and District line, in addition to the above) or Leicester Square (Northern Line and Piccadilly line).
To check the buses I recommend using Citymapper, it’s a very practical app for getting around London.
Although if you’re sightseeing around the city, you’ll probably end up in Trafalgar Square at some point in your itinerary. Being so close to Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus and St James’s Park, it’s almost impossible to miss.
The star dish at 50 Kalò di Ciro Salvo is pizza, so its menu is basically made up of this product.
As starters we can find Frittatina di Bucatti, Crocché di patate and Supplí rosso. Their dessert menu is also made up of three other options: tiramisu, cheesecake – spectacular, by the way – and a lemon cake.
And among the pizzas we have the most basic options such as margherita, diavola, vegetarian or romana. Nduja di Spilinga, Salsiccia e Friarielli or Finta Amatriciana are some of the most complete alternatives. They also make some with prosciutto (similar to Serrano ham) which are very good.
The average price of the pizzas is around 10-16 pounds. The pizzas are huge, typical Italian pizzas. If you are very hungry, you will have no problem finishing the pizza. But it is feasible to share one for two, maybe with some dessert.
The pizzas they make are authentic Italian pizzas. With the edges a bit more convex, the dough is thin and the tomato paste leaves the dough a bit moist.
One of the things that fascinates me the most is how thin the dough is, but how intact it stays even with the moisture from the tomato paste. I have tried to make homemade pizzas during confinement, and I can assure you that I would try to get a dough that thin and it would end up breaking.
As I was saying, although personally it fulfils all the characteristics of an Italian pizza, if you like your pizzas crispy, I don’t think this is the place for you.
Compared to larger chains, here you won’t have the option to customise the pizza to your taste and shape, so keep this in mind if you decide to give 50 Kalò di Ciro Salvo a try, I assure you that you won’t regret it!