This was my first visit to Pizza East and it was long overdue. Prior to this I’d have been hard pushed to name a really good, specialist pizza restaurant in London, but no longer!
Sure, there are some fantastic Italian places where you can get pizza, but they don’t generally make it the star of the show. That’s why I think that Pizza East has been so successful. There are now three branches, Portobello, Kentish Town and Shoreditch and all of them have built up quite a following. We arrived at 7pm on a Tuesday night, and you could clearly see what a popular place it is. We were very glad we’d booked a table!
The service was really friendly and attentive all evening. We were warmly greeted on arrival and weren’t left waiting for anything. The waiter even brought us a second bottle of water without being prompted to do so, and we never felt rushed at any point.
The menu looked interesting, with quite a few starter options and an impressive array of sliced meats and cheeses. On another occasion, we’d have been sorely tempted to branch out but it was only a Tuesday, so we decided to skip the starters.
The pizza choices aren’t your usual run of the mill combinations either, which made a nice change. We ordered the spicy sausage, mozarella and tenderstem broccoli pizza and the shin of beef with lentils and black cabbage. We could easily have ordered two pizzas but we’d heard good things about their meat dishes and shin is a great cut when it’s done right.
The pizza was great, it had a thin, crispy base, a thick rustic crust and just the right amount of topping. The Hog would’ve preferred a tomato base, but I liked it without. The sausage was tasty and the broccoli was a welcome, sweet addition . The beef was soft and flavoursome and was perfectly complimented by the cabbage and lentils. We did add on a portion of rosemary roast potatoes, and I think it would have been a poorer dish without them.
We were sorely tempted by desserts but I’d just baked a batch of salt caramel brownies (click here for recipe) so we headed home :-). By this time, there was quite a queue and I can totally see why this place is so busy. If you fancy pizza and are in the area, why wouldn’t you come here? Good atmosphere, decent service and tasty food at a reasonable price. It’s not often that you can find a place to tick all of those boxes!
On our way home, we were accosted by an elderly man in a suit near a phone box by the railway bridge. He seemed quite distressed and was asking for change to call his wife. After he refused the use of my mobile, we gave him 20p and walked on, slightly perplexed. I think this might have been a creative take on begging? Has anyone else come across him?
Two mains, with drinks and sides – £46.13
Photographs courtesy of Pizza East