Travel bloggers Eulanda and Omo at HDYTI did a stellar job of engaging with London's European food community to celebrate food, football and the EU this summer. I joined them at Made of Dough at Pop Brixton - obviously we were sampling Italy's most famous culinary export, pizza!
Made of Dough specialise in "pizza Napolentana" with co-owner Henry drawing on his Italian heritage and Ed on his Andalusian heritage to make Neapolitan style pizzas with Spanish-inspired toppings. The pizzas are cooked to order and the short but sweet menu covers all tastes. The tiny stall is dominated by a pizza oven and seeing the pizzas transform in the flames in such a short space of time is pretty magical.
The pizza was so fresh tasting, the super thin crust cooks in three minutes and I loved the mix of the chewy dough with a slightly blackened edge, the fresh tomato sauce and the melty mozzarella. Before I turned veggie I thought that margarita pizzas were bor-ing but now they're my favourite - simple food done well, eaten in the sunshine and in good company is one of life's best treats. We grabbed a table upstairs in Pop Brixton and chatted all things blogging, travel, food and identity - a few days after the EU Referendum eating pizza somehow seemed more meaningful than it ever had done and for the hundredth time this summer I felt so proud to be a Londoner, to live in a city which is diverse and tolerant and, in the sunshine, pretty damn beautiful.
The full round-up from HDYTI can be seen here - despite thinking I had a good grasp of London's food scene I now have a few new places on my list and it's been a bit of an education following the campaign on their Facebook, who knew Russian food looked so good?