Food has always been a permanent feature in my life, and if there is one dish that always warms my heart – it has to be pizza. Whether I am suffering from a hangover or needing a simple dinner on a Friday evening, this Italian food favourite always has my back.
So when I heard that you could order a 20 inch whole pizza in London – I thought it was a wind up. This was something you would only see in movies, surely? Considering myself to be a tough food eater, I had to give this challenge a go.
Due to my dietary requirements I opted for the full vegan margherita. The waiter gave me a second look when I said that I was ordering the 20 inch whole pizza just for myself, but I felt no shame.
Ten minutes later, a pizza the size of Saturn was carried over to my table. I can’t lie – it was jaw-droppingly huge. This pizza was not intended for an adult – this was a pizza created for Godzilla.
I actually thought there had been a mistake. But oh no – this was not a dream. My palms began to sweat as I realised that I had set myself up for a monster food challenge.
Overlooking the colossal size, there was plenty of vegan cheese and herbs evenly spread out, so that was a positive. The waiter offered some extra chilli flakes, but I politely declined. If my body was about to get a kicking from all this pizza dough, I didn’t need the extra spice.
But what did the pizza actually taste like? Well, dear reader, allow me to share. I try to avoid use of the term ‘melt-in-the-mouth’, but on this occasion I simply can’t ignore it.
The first thing I noticed was the texture: bliss. Upon inspection, the freshness is evident, both in terms of taste and smell. Fresh, flavourful, fantastic: this was one of the best pizzas I’ve eaten in a very long time.
Even better, I felt like I had been transported to a bustling street market in Lake Como. Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden is a delightful hidden courtyard and its colourful buildings will make you feel like you’re not in London anymore, but in a cosy Italian village.
Half way through hoovering up my pizza, my stomach was already beginning to feel bloated. I could feel myself getting fuller by the minute – and there was still a mountain of pizza left.
Ultimately, I succumbed to defeat. Every pizza I have had in my lifetime had always been conquered, but Mamma Mia, this was a real case of Man vs Food.
I left behind two large slices of pizza that would have been a kids meal – a sign of victory for Homeslice – and for my arteries.
Pizza, a food that everyone loves, is so hard to get right. But Homeslice have nailed it. Not only was it fresh and flavoursome, but you really got your money’s worth. Heartbroken I couldn’t finish it – but this pizza still warmed my heart.
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