London’s 10 most expensive dishes

7: White truffle pizza at The Wellesley – £200

In late 2016, fine dining restaurant The Wellesley in London’s Knightsbridge put a £200 pizza on its menu loaded with a blanket of white truffles. The ‘white gold’ hailed from Alba in northern Italy, the most prestigious part of the planet for white truffles.

Bucking tradition, the sourdough pizza shunned tomato in favour of a creamy burrata base, while the truffles, which were flown in from Alba twice a week, were kept in airtight bags of dry rice to ensure they didn’t dry out.

Rather than just a gimmick, the pizzas sold pretty well, especially at weekends when a dozen on average were munched. The pizza formed part of a decadent white truffle-themed menu that also featured a £70 white truffle and Parmesan risotto.

Back in 2005 Gordon Ramsay pulled a similar stunt at Maze in Mayfair when he put a £100 white truffle pizza on his menu, created by his protégé at the time, Jason Atherton. Those who ordered the pizzas were treated to a guest appearance from Atherton, who shaved the white truffle tableside.

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