Pizza East, Shoreditch, London
I feel like I’ve come full circle. Or should that be full pizza? The first time I set foot in Pizza East in Shoreditch, I was in my first month. A shape of a wannabe food blogger, full of innocence and just trying to making it big in London. I’m still that now, possibly even more in the ‘big’ department. Pizza East was the final stop of my East End food tour, and my first taste (literally) of East London. I had a feeling in my heart that it was a spot I wanted to come back and settle in, and I did just that.
Tart for start
I came to know of Pizza East as my food tour company selected this store as the final stop. It’s hip with a trendy crowd with heaps of seating. It easily accommodates a group like ours, as well as many a team. The store has long hours, so a good option to keep in mind for later night dining.
With only bite of one morsel, it’s hardly an experience to have that much judgment from. The bite was of the Time Out-rated Salted Chocolate Caramel tart. As with everything else on this food afternoon, it’s a rather small slice but it was a yum treat. The salt flakes are a modern touch that elevates the chocolate from the norm. Seriously though, I love having salt with chocolate (and caramel). It’s a combination that works so well and I hope it’s around for a while.
And for an actual meal
Over a year later, I came back with a friend for a dinner experience at Pizza East Shoreditch. It had always stuck in my mind as one place I’d be keen to check in again, and now it was in my neighbourhood. We ordered the lasagna (£12) and one of the pizzas (spicy sauce, broccoli, mozarella cream – £14). The lasagna wasn’t a huge hit as the dish was needlessly salty.
The pizza was above average. The base is nice with a puffy crust. It almost reminds me of the metre-long pizza back at Toto’s in Auckland which I die for. It wasn’t quite as good as that. The price also makes the eye water a little. Pizza Union (which I adore) is less than half the price and I enjoy that a little bit more too. Pizza East does have it’s uses – there lots of seating, more menu options and dessert. And there’s some cool spaces that make it good for spending more than a dinnertime in.