🗞️ Joyful pizza is coming to Leeds
On Monday 13th November, Pizza Pilgrims will be opening their latest pizzeria in the heart of Leeds on Boar Lane. To welcome in their new regulars, Pizza Pilgrims are giving away 1,000 free slices of the good stuff on Monday 6th November from 12pm onwards.
Pizza Pilgrims will be bringing their signature style of Neapolitan pizza to the city. Their dough is double fermented over 72 hours to give a pillowy, puffed crust that is both incredibly moreish and surprisingly light. Pizza Pilgrims are famous for celebrating the best of traditional pizzas from Naples such as the Margherita Extra-Extra, which features datterini tomatoes, creamy burrata & fresh basil pesto and the Americana, topped with hot dogs and french fries, which is one of Naples most surprising (but legit) pizzas! They also like to play a little outside of tradition with pizzas like the double pepperoni and spicy honey or the Carbonara with roasted guanciale bacon, Pecorino cheese, egg yolk and finished with a few strands of al dente pasta… double carbs never tasted so sweet!
The Leeds pizzeria is opening as Pizza Pilgrims celebrates 10 years in the pizza game. The founders (and brothers) James and Thom Elliot set up the brand in 2012 after a 6 week “pizza pilgrimage”, travelling the length of Italy in a 3-wheeled tuk-tuk, in search of the greatest pizzas and produce that the country has to offer.
Entering a Pizza Pilgrims pizzeria takes you on a journey back to Italy as soon as you walk in the door, evoking summer holiday vibes in the Amalfi coast. This pizzeria will be recreating a Naples piazza scene with double height ceilings, shuttered windows with Juliette balconies and handpicking vintage Italian artworks to really set the scene. The crowning glory of the design is going to be “The Frozen Flamingo”, the world’s first full sized “Pink flamingo pedalo soft serve gelato shop” which will sit centre stage in the pizzeria. Guests will be able to create their own soft serve creations and then take a seat on the pedalo and pedal off their pizzas!
Pilgrims by name, pilgrims by nature
Pizza Pilgrims is built on the foundation of their pilgrimages through Italy and follows the simple Italian belief that the best ingredients make the best pizza. For this reason, all key ingredients are imported from Italy – from the best ’00’ flour Naples has to offer from the famous Caputo mill in the city centre, to their tomato sauce made from only Italian tomatoes and their mozzarella from Naples which they ship direct to the pizzeria every week. Pizza Pilgrims also work closely with Harvest London, the sustainability focused hydroponic vertical farming supplier who helped them to develop their very own strand of basil for the best flavour, as well as reducing their food miles dramatically.
Founder James Elliot comments, “I am so excited to be opening a pizzeria in Leeds. My first job in pizza was 15 years ago at an Italian restaurant called Salvo’s in Headingley whilst at uni and it’s great to be back! We’re creating a really fun space that will transport people to a holiday in the South of Italy. Pizza is all about fun and so we are excited to be building our most fun pizzeria yet!”