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Test Driving Slice by Pizza Pilgrims - Finsbury Park gets a new pizza by the slice joint

ALTWhen the pizzas are this big, you're going to need a bigger box...

What do we need to know about Sice by Pizza Pilgrims?

Slice - as the name suggests - is a sort of diffusion line by the Pizza Pilgrims boys. They call it a 'slice joint'. The idea is to marry the NYC pizza by the slice concept with Neapolitan style pizzas, in a dive bar setting.

Where is it?

They started near the Royal Festivel Hall and you'll find their latest one (which adds lots to the menu) in Finsbury Park. It's right opposite the station on Seven Sisters Road, where the Quality Fish Bar used to be (pause for a moment's silence). When that family retired after 45 years in the business, they sold the business to their upstairs tenants who are now running the show here for Slice.

Where's good to meet for a drink first?

There's the new Night Owl on Station Place or Oak N4 behind the station (a personal favourite of ours), but the drinks at Slice are also very good. There are two kinds of boozy slushies - a surprisingly punchy Aperol Spritz version and a Bellintini 'where Porn Star Martini meets a Bellini in slushy form'. That comes with a shot of cold Prosecco on the side. There's a choice of Italian, American and local beers and a one choice menu of white, red and fizzy wine.

ALTAlso on offer are these teeny weeny pocket negronis. Cute!

What's the set-up inside?

The front counter sees the pizzas laid out by the metre, ready for slicing, plus there's a teeny bar complete with retro diner stools. And while they've added some new tables on the right-hand side, they've mainly kept the old chippy tables and plastic seats at the rear of the restaurant - adding in retro arcade games and decor, giving the whole thing a bit of a 'Wimpy on speed' kind of vibe.

ALTThe interior decor is a mix of the old chippy and their new pizza joint look. 

So, what's on the menu?

It's split into bites, pizza and crust dippers, so that includes...

ALTTriple baked garlic crust bites with a garlic and herb dip (£4) were a hit and we really want to try their metre long parma ham and pesto grissini.

There are eight pizzas on offer - some only available whole and some of which are exclusive to the Finsbury Park branch like the pennel alla vodka pizza slice. Here are our favourites from those we tried.

ALTHawaii Not? Honey glazed pineapple, 'Nduja sausage, tomato, mozzarella, oregano (£5.50 a slice). If there was ever a pizza to convert you to the idea of pineapple on pizza this is it.

ALTArtichokes, crispy prosciutto and truffle - a white pizza with artichoke hearts, mozzarella and crispy prosciutto and white truffle oil. Currently only available as a meter-long pizza (£38), we hope they'll rethink and add this one to the list of those pizzas available by the slice.

Room for dessert?

We didn't stay for dessert, but if you do have a sweet tooth, there are two options - cookie dough cannoli and metre long Nutella and philly grissini.

ALTIf you're a Nutella fan, of COURSE you'd want this. (£9 a metre).

Summing up:

This seems like it'll be a slam dunk for the Pizza Pilgrims team in Finsbury Park. It's going to be a great place to stop in for a quick bite and a decent drink and it'll obviously do a storming business on match days.

 

More about Slice Finsbury Park

Where is it? 266 Seven Sisters Rd, Finsbury Park, London N4 2HY

Find out more: Visit their website or follow them on Instagram @slicebypizzapilgrims

 

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