Santa Maria Pizza, London

When West London gets a new East London style restaurant, we all get very excited.

“Cool” is something that usually happens over on the east side of town.

Places like Chelsea & Fulham are crying out for fresh hot spots, hungry for casual dining and simple but delicious eateries.

So when we heard they was a new kid on the block, Custard and I pulled on our sneakers and raced out to check it out.

Casual stripes

Honestly, could he be any more handsome?!

Fluffy pup!

Striped summer jumper // Nude cami

Skinny jeans

Converse shoes // Prada double bag

Proper Neapolitan pizza is one of life’s greatest pleasures. The chewy base, the little speckles of burned dough that sizzle with flavour, the gooey cheese and sharp tomato sauce… life changingly good.

Often hard to come by in a world outside of Italy, filled with microwave pizza and cardboard bases.

But Fulham has a new spot ready and waiting to fill the Napoletana sized hole in your life.

Welcome to Santa Maria.

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But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, there are a few starters to try before getting to the main event.

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Trust me, you don’t wanna miss out on these.

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Carpaccio di bresaola with parmesan and rocket.

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Meatballs in a ‘nduja & ricotta sauce.

Easily the best meatballs I’ve ever eaten, and I’ve tried a fair few balls.

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Spicy, rich, creamy, truly spectacular.

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Creamy burrata from Puglia.

Especially good dunked into the meatball sauce.

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The pizzas themselves are all made up to order.

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Made the old fashioned way, generously topped and cooked by the fire in the blink of an eye.

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The bronzed and blistered pizzas fly over to the table within a few minutes.

Truly the greatest fast food on earth.

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SAN GENNARO (Napoli) – Tomato sauce, mozzarella, anchovies, black olives, capers, oregano.

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A special of the day, covered in meats, courgettes and heaped mozzarella.

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And finally, the SAN MATTIA – Buffalo mozzarella DOP, mushrooms, truffle oil, parmesan shavings.

Don’t miss this. You have to get one for the table to share, it’ll blow your mind!

All polished off with compulsory tiramisu.

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When in Rome!

There are two Santa Maria’s in London, so you can take your pick.

One in Ealing, the other on the border of Chelsea & Fulham.

Take a group of friends, or maybe set a double date. It’s very relaxed, no nonsense, the pizzas are about £6-£10 each and there’s a cocktail bar.

You’re going to love it!

Plus, now the weather’s so gorgeous there’s no excuse not to get out and walk it all off afterwards.

This guy's name is Mr Custard. Whatta babe.

Handsome but hairy buddy optional.

Blossom and puppies in London

I’m talking about me, not Custard.

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  • Kait

    How have you not aged in the last few years that i’ve followed your blog? I’m 23 and have noticed more and more wrinkles… Can you do another skincare blog post about how to keep your skin young and healthy? I know you just did one but those products were a bit too pricey. Just wondering if there’s any others you use that are reasonably priced. 🙂

    • Rosie

      At 23 I’m quite certain you’re imagining it Kait! Or you could be wearing makeup which is drying out your skin and making lines, dehydration can also make even the most youthful of grapes suddenly turn into a raisin!
      Drink lots of water, eat avocados, nuts, fish, all the good fats. Invest in a good moisturiser, the estee one I spoke about here http://www.thelondoner.me/2016/04/beauty-update.html is a really great option. Personally I think it’s reasonably priced and good for anyone starting out in the world of skincare.
      I rarely wear foundation but if I do I often find it can seep into lines around your eyes and make you look much older by the end of the day, so if that’s happening maybe switch to a tinted moisturiser.
      Also eat more pizza, I’m sure that’ll help!

  • Definitely going to have to give this place a try, I’m hungry just looking at the pictures haha

    Mel x
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  • Oh good lord the San Mattia looks like a dream come true. I swear, looking at your blog while hungry (or even after dinner at that) is always the worst idea!! So much good food here, always!! 🙂

    Julia

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  • Holly & Boydie G.

    *drool*
    Thanks Rosie for the serious food envy!

  • Ohhh so yummyyyy! The best looking pizza ever! I would come back to France, took the train spend a few thousand dollars on flight tickets … Just to have a bite of those pieces of Pizza! A great food post! 🙂

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  • Those meatballs look so delicious! Love your outfit!

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  • That’s such a good price for pizza and love that it’s made to order too – will have to go check it out!

    Lauren x
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  • Laura

    Hi,

    I love your style, I couldn’t help but notice that you had made a hole in your jeans, any advice on how to make it look stylish like you?

    Thank you
    Laura

  • Megan

    These look delicious. Was in Glasgow at the weekend and went to Paesano Pizza. It was the closest to italian pizza I had eaten since amalfi last summer. If you’re ever up in Scotland I highly recommend it 🙂

  • Peetza looks amaze X

  • Oh my gosh, I wish someone could send me at least one of those amazing looking pizzas, I’m so hungry right now 🙂

    xx, Matea
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  • THIS LOOKS SO GOOD! 😀

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  • Nothing beats delicious pizza and these look EPIC! Love Andrea xxx

  • I live in Parsons Green and am obsessed with Franco Manca so am so glad there is ANOTHER pizza place to head to! This looks great!

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  • That pizza is utterly stunning <3 I'm coming to London in July, and I'm definitely going to have to visit here and eat alllll the things. I have to admit, since following your blog I do have a tendancy to over order, and get things for the table 😛

    Rachel x

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  • That outfit is so cute and casual! Love!

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  • And now I’m hungry for pizza!

  • Nothing beats a perfectly cooked pizza 🙂
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  • Choosing a favourite food genre is an impossible feat for me…but proper Italian pizza comes close. Those pizzas look fantastic, and those meatballs are giving me heart palpitations! Xx
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  • Kari Guastella

    That pizza looks so good! I am totally missing Italian cheeses!
    Kari
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  • This looks such a fab place – do a lot of London restaurants allow dogs in them? Mind you, I’m sure Mr Custard is better behaved than most children!!!!! Love the striped knit Rosie!
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • omg that close-up of Custard is majestic!! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • MissLilly

    I have been looking forward to visit Santa Maria in Ealing and after seeing this post, you know what? Today is the day 😀 On my way! My favourite pizza so far has been Franco Manca (I’m a regular in the Chiswick branch)