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Blistered, Chewy Neapolitan Pizzas Will Arrive in East London’s Leytonstone Pronto

Ex-Pizza Pilgrims pizzaiolo will open Bocca Bocca in the east London neighbourhood responsible for Alfred Hitchcock, David Beckham, and Singburi

Bocca Bocca, a new Neopolitan pizzeria, will open in Leytonstone, serving the likes of a margherita with tomato, mozzarella, and a chewy, blistered cornicione, pictured.
Bocca Bocca, a new Neopolitan pizzeria, will open in Leytonstone
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A new Neapolitan pizzeria called Bocca Bocca will open in Leytonstone, the north east London neighbourhood this week with an ex-Pizza Pilgrims pizzaiolo in charge of the kitchen. It will open at 781 Leytonstone High Street on 6 August.

Gianluca Colini, owner of Cafe Unity, a coffee shop and deli, which opened in Leytonstone early in 2021 is behind the restaurant, first reported by Hot Dinners. It will offer a slim selection of starters and desserts, with pizzas being split into red, green, and white bases. While some might see this as gimmicky tricolouring, the format sees the kitchen serving a would-be signature pizza, the “Bocca Bocca,” which combines a pistachio paste, fior di latte, buffalo mozzarella, and mortadella.

The full menu can be viewed below, while some pre-opening shots of the pizzas — cooked in an oven which reaches 450°c — suggest that former head chef at the Pizza Pilgrims academy in Camden, chef “Biago”, according to Hot Dinners, has brought a bit of form to E11.

Before chef Sirichai Kularbwong’s Singburi firmly registered itself as the best Thai restaurant in London, Leytonstone was perhaps most known as the birthplace of both the ex-footballer and entrepreneur David Beckham and the late film director Alfred Hitchcock.

Not that the area is short on places eat and drink, with plenty more points of interest having been plotted on Leytonstone High Road, the long thoroughfare which cuts through the neighbourhood, in recent years: Panda Dim Sum, Theatre of Wine, Red Camel, Delico Patisserie (langos), Blancos, Yard Sale, and the Bell (Guinness), to name but a few.

Bocca Bocca will open Monday to Thursday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday to Sunday from 12 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. It will offer indoor dining, click-and-collect, and delivery.

Pizza Pilgrims

11 Dean Street, , England W1D 3RP 020 7287 8964 Visit Website

Panda Dim Sum

767 High Rd Leytonstone, London E11 4QS, UK, London, 44 20 3652 4781

Red Camel

552 High Road Leytonstone, , England E11 3DH 020 8923 4402


593 High Road Leytonstone, , England E11 4PA 020 8281 4801