Restaurant Review: Tomato-Free Pizza @ Pizza Pilgrims

I’ve slowly come to terms with my allergy, and I’m pretty much okay with it all now. Sure, there are evenings where I wish I could dial Dominoes, and I still crave a BBQ sauce (that’s this summer’s challenge!). I’ve gotten used to what I can and can’t eat and have my go-to alternatives. What I really, really hate is having to let restaurants know, having to dissect the menu before I eat out to find out if there’s actually anything suitable – because even the tiniest amount hidden in a sauce can affect me.

 photo 572f2043-ed51-49d6-83ab-f13920999b91_zpsopxtpfyw.jpgI got really excited when Pizza Express launched two white pizzas last season. Only to realise their bechamel sauce contains tomato powder. I think one of them is still suitable, but still. Then I saw a few instagram shots featuring Pizza Pilgrims, noticed a few white pizzas floating about, and promptly told W that we were off for a date-lunch…

 photo 0db576aa-ae9d-4e9d-b20d-bd91b25bf3a6_zpsex0yzs68.jpg photo 2ab553f3-a794-4011-8cf4-367d40046bbc_zpsmvqakaqd.jpgI ordered the Portobello Mushroom and Truffle Oil, and it was immense. Juicy, but still nutty with a good bite, mushrooms where fresh and full of flavour, and the truffle oil added something extra which elevated the pizza from a standard pizza to a delicious treat. The cheese was gooey, the base fluffy, light and well-flavoured. I’d have preferred a slightly thicker and more robust base as I like to be ladylike and shove a pizza wedge into my mouth with my hands, but that’s just me…As far as tomato-free pizzas go, I think Pizza Pilgrims have it down.

 photo 0c365d70-cf39-4235-b9e8-efc7bad6bd20_zpsxstursud.jpgW went for tomato-overload with the Nduja, which he seemed to enjoy. I was just a hugely happy girl that my pizza craving had been sorted – with several branches across London, I know I’ll definitely be hitting Pizza Pilgrims again for a tomato-free pizza hit! We paid for our own meal, and Pizza Pilgrims didn’t know I was planning to review…though the camera may have given it away…

Where’s the best pizza you’ve eaten? I suppose I’d better learn to say ‘allergic to tomatoes’ in Italian ready for my holiday!

  • It’s great you’ve found something you can have. I do love Pizza Pilgrims.

    • ninegrandstudent

      I’ll definitely be going back, the base was amazingly good! x

  • Joanne

    Oh this looks SO good! Sounds fantastic!


    • ninegrandstudent

      It was, so good to have a pizza! x

  • Yumm! I haven’t tried pizza pilgrims yet bt I obviously need to! Have you been to Franco Mancas? They do heaps of white pizzas and they are all delish (well the ones I’ve tried!) x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

  • Pizza Pilgrims looks amazing and I have always heard SUCH good reviews. I think I might have to give it a go…I actually don’t eat cheese at all, not even the tiniest bit so I’m always learning how to say no cheese in different languages! People are always so accommodating – my sister doesn’t have tomato on her pizza either (and she still gets dominos!) Just ask and explain, I’ve never had a problem!


    • ninegrandstudent

      It was delicious! And I have ordered from Dominoes before, but it came splashed with a bit of tomato sauce – which I completely understand as it must be difficult in those circumstances. Just not worth the risk for me! x

  • I didn’t really think about how many things tomatoes are in, but when you think about it, they are a staple in soooo many dishes!

    • ninegrandstudent

      I know, it makes eating out so difficult! I can’t even eat prawn cocktail crisps… x

  • Jennifer K

    I’d never heard of a white pizza before – but of course such things should exist! Since mixing with so many different people at university I’ve become a lot more tuned in to restaurant menus and whether or not they cater for various requirements. I’m glad you’ve found a way to still enjoy pizza!

    And I think it would be “Sono allergica ai pomodori” in Italian!

    Jennifer x

    Ginevrella I Lifestyle Blog

    • ninegrandstudent

      Wow, thanks! x

  • Kathryn

    I really want to try Pizza Pilgrims, looks so good! I think i’d actually prefer white pizza over a tomato, yum! X

    • ninegrandstudent

      I do enjoy a white pizza, though I must admit I’d love a proper one too! x