As you’ll know if you’ve read my musings about the likes of Pizza Pilgrims and Luppolo, I love good pizza. So you can imagine my delight when I found out I’d won a £50 voucher for a meal for two at Pizza East. Being based in East London I chose to go to Pizza East Shoreditch, based in the Tea Building, not far from Boxpark. I hadn’t realised prior to my visit that Pizza East is owned by the ever-expanding, slowly-taking-over-London, Soho House group.
I went with a friend on a Saturday evening to check it out. You can book Pizza East, so no queueing out in the cold which is always a big plus for me – especially in Shoreditch where everything gets queued up so quickly. They do keep some tables back for walk-ins too though. Once seated at our dimly lit, and quite snugly packed in, table we ordered a bottle of Trebbiano for £22 to sip whilst we perused the menu. It’s one of my favourite wines so the evening was off to a good start!
From the antipasti section of the menu I went for the calamari with prawns and courgette fritti (£9) and my veggie friend chose the burrata with fig and honeycomb (£8). When it came, mine was a really big portion for a starter – not that I was complaining! Despite the portion size, mine was still quite light and not too greasy. Accompanying it was a nice aioli and chilli flakes scattered across the top giving it a subtle heat. I really liked that the prawns were whole prawns which meant they’d stayed nice and juicy rather than shrivelling up and drying out, as so often happens.
My friend’s burrata with honeycomb and fig was just delicious. The freshness of everything on the plate and the balance of such delicate flavours was wonderful. I’d definitely order that next time if I went (although I think their menu has changed since).
At this point we’d run out of wine so we ordered another bottle. Though they do have several pasta and oven cooked meat/fish dishes on the menu, we had our hearts set on pizza – the place is called Pizza East after all! I chose the San Daniele prosciutto with rocket, tomato and burrata pizza (£15) and my friend opted for the aubergine, tomato, scamorza and pesto one (£11). Both were great, and definitely up there with some of the best pizzas I’ve had in London. The saltiness of the prosciutto was delicious against the backdrop of creamy but light burrata. The crusts were big, fluffy and chewy just how I like them – though they could have done with the option of some dips to dunk them in, similar to Pizza Pilgrims. I boxed up half of my pizza to bring home which Paul was very happy about!
Being a bit merry and full of pizza, we naturally decided that what we needed was more food… I chose an incredibly dense chocolate salted caramel tart (£8) and my friend had the tiramisu (£7). I didn’t try any of the tiramisu so can’t say how it compares to others I’ve had but she liked it. My salted caramel chocolate tart was a joy to eat! The sprinkling of sea salt and almonds on top really added to the rich chocolate and caramel flavours. Ordering dessert may have been a bit of a mistake, especially as mine was definitely not a light option. I felt far too full on the way home but it was worth it! I’d definitely save more room next time.
There’s no denying it, Pizza East do great pizza! Everything we ate was tasty and the price is reasonable. It’s about £80 plus service for two people if you have 3 courses each and a bottle of wine – but you could eat here much cheaper by sharing a pizza or starters/desserts. I was totally stuffed and would have probably been more comfortable if I had shared. It does work out more expensive than Pizza Pilgrims and, though the food was lovely, I think because of that it probably comes in a close second for me. I did like their desserts more than Pizza Pilgrims’ though.
Nearest Tube: Shoreditch High Street station is nearest. If the overground isn’t convenient, Old Street and Liverpool Street are both easily walkable too.
Where are your favourite pizza spots in London? Let me know in the comments below!