Gordon Ramsay is building an international restaurant empire, and he’s slowly adding pizza to his arsenal.
Ramsay opened his first Street Pizza location in London’s St. Paul neighborhood in April 2018. The chain has since expanded to six additional locations across the capital city, as well as one in Edinburgh, Scotland. Ramsay is slated to open his first US Street Pizza location in Washington, DC.
Street Pizza has spread across London amid Ramsay’s September 2020 plan to open 50 new UK restaurants — and another 200 in Asia. The “MasterChef” star revealed he wants to create a “billion-dollar dining proposition” after earning more than £15 million, or around $18 million, in 2019, according to the Daily Mail.
I visited Ramsay’s Street Pizza on a sunny afternoon in London.
I was in London for a friend’s wedding and decided to line up a few restaurant reviews, including Princess Diana’s favorite pizza place.
As I walked up to Street Pizza for lunch, I noticed a big sign advertising the £16 deal, as well as a menu listing all the available pizza flavors. Lush foliage brought some color to the outdoor patio, which had plenty of tables.
The white-brick walls and neon lights made the restaurant feel fresh and modern.
Abstract paintings added a splash of color to the room, and the light fixtures on the ceiling reminded me of glow sticks. Ramsay’s Street Burger chain is decorated with the same lights and graffiti aesthetic, bringing some cohesion to his restaurant empire.
First up was the charred aubergine pizza.
The cheese-less slice features charred aubergine (which is what the Brits call eggplant), plus toasted pine nuts, garlic pesto, and tomato sauce.
I love thin pizza, and the bottom of the slice had a great crispiness to it. The tomato sauce was light and delightful, I just wish there had been some more eggplant and pesto.
The Margherita pizza — which features mozzarella, tomato, and basil — was delicious.
The tomato sauce really shined on this classic slice, and the creamy mozzarella added great texture. I really appreciated how thin the slices were — it meant I’d have plenty of room in my stomach to keep trying more flavors.
We had to wait a while in between slices, which is when I realized there was only one server passing around the pizza. Most of the tables were filled inside and there were groups sitting in the outdoor patio as well, and our server was clearly a little overwhelmed as he tried to get everyone their bottomless slices in a timely manner.
Staffing issues happen and I wasn’t bothered by the wait, but Street Pizza should definitely have multiple servers on hand during peak hours — especially for the servers’ sake.
As we dug into the pizza, I began sipping on my very bright Summer Spritz.
Ramsay’s Street Pizza offers six different cocktails — including Long Island Iced Teas and salted caramel espresso martinis — that range in price from £8 to £10.50, or around $9.65 to $12.66. Every cocktail can also be turned into a pitcher, which serves six and costs £45, or around $54.25.
The Summer Spritz — which costs £9.50, or around $11.45 — features Pimm’s Sundowner, pineapple juice, elderflower, and prosecco.
I loved the color of my cocktail, which looked and tasted like a popsicle. It fit the laid-back and playful vibe of the restaurant, but I’d recommend going with Ramsay’s Street Margarita instead. My table loved the cocktail so much at Street Burger that we ordered two pitchers.
We also tried the mac and cheese.
Ramsay’s Street Pizza has expanded its menu since my visit. The chain now offers five different styles of wings — including sweet chili kimchi and chocolate barbecue — with prices ranging from £8.50 to £31.50, or around $10.25 to $37.97, depending on how many pieces you order. The sides menu includes two different styles of fries and two types of salad, on top of the mac and cheese.
The mac and cheese — which costs £7, or around $8.48 — had a nice creamy texture and a lovely crust on top.
The pasta tasted good, albeit a tad underwhelming. I would’ve loved to see a few different types of cheese to add to the flavor, and maybe some heat to give the dish a little more dimension.
It was time for the next pizza — and the pepperoni ended up being my favorite.
The pepperoni slice was packed with so much flavor. The spice from the chili flakes gave each bite a nice kick, and I loved how thick and crispy the pepperoni was — it served as a nice contrast in texture to the super-thin pizza.
Even though I still had plenty of pizza to try, I couldn’t resist grabbing another pepperoni. Why not make the most of bottomless?
Next up was the corn and chorizo pizza, which was definitely the prettiest slice.
Ramsay’s corn and chorizo pizza features sweetcorn purée, chorizo, pulled chicken, mozzarella, spring onions, and cilantro.
I loved the creativity in this pizza after trying a few classics, and thought it was another delicious slice from Ramsay. The savory chorizo and chicken paired well with the sweetcorn purée, while the spring onions and cilantro added a nice punch color. It was an unexpected flavor that I really appreciated during the bottomless experience.
Last but not least was the surprise daily special: a squash and blue cheese pizza.
I thought the slice had a pretty color (I wrote in my notes that it reminded me of Thanksgiving), and the combo of squash and blue cheese transported me to fall.
The overall taste was very similar to butternut squash soup. While it wasn’t among my top slices of the day, I appreciated the creative flavor pairing.
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