6 of the best pizza kits for nationwide delivery
Like all hospitality businesses, pizza restaurants have had to adapt fast to survive the three nationwide lockdowns the last year has thrown at us.
From frying pan pizza kits and home deliveries of fresh dough, toppings and instructions, to par-baked woodfired pizzas that just need a few minutes in a domestic oven, they’ve thought of it all. We felt it only right we pay our respects to the best of the pizza kits available nationwide, here.
Locations in Oxford and London.
Pizza Pilgrims’ first restaurant opened in 2012, and they have been moving and shaking ever since. Their lockdown offering of frying pan pizzas might sound unusual, but this kit seriously delivers. Choose from a variety of flavours (including dairy free and gluten free options) and your kit will include all the ingredients used in the Pizza Pilgrims pizzerias. We tried out the double pepperoni and spicy honey kit and the flavour combination of salty chorizo with sweet, fiery honey was to die for. The kit makes two generously-sized pizzas and the instructions inside couldn’t be easier to follow, with your pizzas taking about 15 minutes from start to finish. If you don’t have two large frying pans, you can simply cook one pizza at a time, and even keep one warm on the bottom shelf of your oven, whilst you prepare the second. Or you know, eat as you go… Available from Pizza Pilgrims (starting from £14.50 for two pizzas, plus delivery).
Locations across London: White City, Shoreditch, Marleybone, Covent Garden and the City.
Homeslice began with a portable, hand-built wood-fire oven back in 2011. Since then, their signature pillowy dough and toppings have seen them grow to a six restaurant group. The at-home kits deliver your own bake-at-home experience. And the best part is, two pizzas plus toppings come to less than twenty quid – a steal! We tried out two of their fresh pizzas – vegan mushroom and n’duja with broccoli. Each had its own topping to add after cooking – soy truffle plus pumpkin seeds for the mushroom, and chilli oil for the n’duja. The pizzas were super-crisp on cooking, much better than a classic takeaway option, with really fresh ingredients. Available from Plateaway (£17.50-19 for 2 pizzas).
Locations in Oxford, Cheltenham and Reading.
Dodo Pub Co started in 2009, when the founders landed on a down-and-out boozer in East Oxford and decided to give hospitality a go. Their pizza business, launched in November 2020, has thrived over lockdown, and it’s easy to see why. For those who want great pizza fast, these par-baked pies are fantastic. Arriving vac-packed and ready to bake, all you need to do is place on an upturned tray in the oven for 6-8 minutes and you’ll have pizza perfection. Plus, unlike a Deliveroo order, you can guarantee these are going to be piping hot. Topping options are well thought-out, ‘Salami Get this straight’ and ‘Mr Melanzane’ being two of our favourites. You can freeze the pizzas, too, and cook straight from frozen. Available from Dodo Pub Co (From £8).
Locations in Manchester, London, Bristol, Leeds, Edinburgh, Bournemouth, Bath, Exeter, Guildford, Reading and Southampton.
The one that started it all. Dare we say the original? Since 2008 in Brixton Market, Franco Manca have been slinging sourdough pizzas with a simple menu using quality ingredients. In lockdown their pizza kits are available with Great Food 2 U, with 4 pizzas costing only £25 – these are prices we’ve come to know and love from the restaurants. We tried the chorizo kit, which impressed – the dough being super fresh and the toppings were top quality. Like Pizza Pilgrims, Franco Manca also recommend the frying pan method. We found their video tutorial super useful! Available from Great Food 2 U (Starting from £12.50 for two pizzas).
Locations in Glasgow, Belfast and Newcastle.
Pizza Punks began in Glasgow in 2016, and has since grown to open branches in Northern Ireland and England. They have two main offerings when it comes to at-home pizzas, their Bake At Home option, and their Punk It Up DoughIY kit. We tried the Punk It Up DoughIY kit, which include all fresh ingredients in neat pots – even a dusting of flour to shape the pizzas on. The dough is a sourdough base, proofed for 48 hours, with a fresh tomato and basil sauce that smells like you’ve popped to Naples for the evening, plus mozzarella (or choose vegan cheese), then four toppings of choice from a selection of 25. Pizza Punks also deliver to Highlands and Islands – so everybody can try a slice. Available from Pizza Punks (£16), and Bake at Home (from £6).
Based in Lancashire, delivering Nationwide.
Founded by a husband and wife team during lockdown, Eat My Dough delivers family-friendly, fresh pizza kits across the the nation. Their recipes have been perfected over time with the help of co-founder Lauren’s Naples-born grandfather. We tried the Original Pizza Kit which includes 2 x fresh proofed dough balls, Neapolitan homemade marinara sauce, hand sliced Mozzarella, spicy salami, Basil and Type 0.0 Flour. Neatly packaged, with simple-to-follow instructions, the pizza kit had us eating delicious, fresh pizzas in less than 20 minutes! With a lovely thick doughy crust and a thin and crisp base these really ticked the “what constitutes a great pizza” boxes. Available from Eat My Dough (£12-£19.50 for 2 pizzas).