If the love child of a jar of Nutella and Neapolitan pizza sounds like it could be your zodiac sign, then you’ll love Happy Face Pizza.
We are in a golden age of pizza in London, and not for the reasons you might assume. It isn't because we finally have enough ovens imported from Italy or chefs staunchly adhering to the standards of Naples where pizza making has ascended to the status of a widely respected craft in the culinary universe. That was, in fact, a few years ago. It's because, places like Happy Face are popping up where you can a full blown meal, cocktails included and not break the bank. In a landscape where rising food costs and inflation is all you hear about, you can still find pizzas for just £6.
Things are simpler here. The menu is by no means reinventing the wheel, but sometimes, just sometimes you just want to tuck into something familiar - something like a good, tilt your head back cheesy pull pizza. The pizzas here have a lovely golden swollen pizza lip and after one or two slices, Happy Face's greatness will start to sneak up on you. Each slice is hefty in weight by the loaded toppings but the crust is so light and airy like a marshmallow, taking a full one down won’t feel like a failed mission of testing your stomach capacity. And that’s a good thing, because there’s still dessert to talk about.
In comes the Instagram thirst trap, Nutella pizza. No surprises here, just the same fluffy dough topped with tons of chocolate spread that gently massages your gum line.This dessert is all about wolfing down slices of dough so thin they seem to dissolve like cotton candy, jolting emotions of pure unadulterated joy.
Sure, it’s a pizzeria, but you could come here with your boss, your gran or your best mate. It doesn’t require fancy clothes, reservations a month in advance, or checking your bank account afterwards with one eye open. Everything about Happy Face is laid back and excellent, The vibe is so buzzy it practically vibrates which is exactly how those friends who you haven’t seen in a while will describe you after dinner.
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