I’ve become a bit addicted to pizza recently and it’s for a good reason; there’s Princi, Pizza Pilgrims, Homeslice, Earlham Street Clubhouse and the new Franco Manca on Tottenham Court Road. There’s even a pizzeria opening on Bermondsey Street – hoorah! When I heard a new place just opened near Spitalfields Market called Pizza Union, I knew I had to try it out.
It was a large and simple space with stools and high tables in the middle and a few lower tables with normal seats round the edge. The open plan kitchen, complete with wood fire oven, was visible for all to see and even though it wasn’t particularly busy, it still had a buzzy atmosphere. It’s worth bearing in mind but that it can get quite busy in the weekdays and you might have to queue.
It was a simple premise too; order at the counter, they give you a buzzer, you grab a seat and then collect your pizza when you’ve buzzed. The best thing about Pizza Union however is the price; the twelve inch pizzas range from Â£3.95 to Â£6.50. That’s seriously cheap.
I opted for the pepperoni (Â£5.95) which was topped with masses of the stuff. They were New York style pizzas with thin bases and crunchy crusts which had been cooked perfectly. The sauces available (50p extra) were great for dunking the crusts in – the garlic sauce was reminiscent of the garlic and herb dip from Domino’s – in a good way.
My gentleman companion went for the Florentina (Â£5.50) which was delicious. It could have only been bettered if the spinach, that was generously scattered over the whole thing, had been given thirty seconds in the oven to wilt it slightly and melt the Parmesan. Either way it was still enjoyably cheesy and great value. The fried egg plonked in the middle was a nice touch too.
The Dolce (Â£2.95), which was a dough ring filled with Nutella and Mascarpone, was faint worthy. The creamy and slightly tangy mascarpone cut through the sweet chocolate brilliantly. I loved every singe mouthful – it was gooey, chocolatey and seriously sweet. Utter bliss!
We really enjoyed our meal at Pizza Union; it was hard to fault it. The staff were really sweet, the pizzas were eyebrow-raisingly cheap, really tasty and that Nutella pizza ring was out of this world. And so cheap! Did I mention that?