Pizza East, Shoreditch

Posted by Krista on March 1, 2010

Pizza east inside 
Pizza East
56 Shoreditch High Street
London E1 6JJ

Date of Last Visit: Friday,  January 29th

The Victims: Feathers, Jen, Niculie

The Damage: £10ish each

The Background: On Fridays, if I do go out for lunch, I refuse to go out for a 1 p.m. booking. Because here's what happens. EVERYONE goes out for Friday lunch. At 1 p.m. They sit down, they chat. Maybe they order some drinks. And then they all put their orders in between 1:10 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. which means that the kitchen gets slammed and you don't see your food until at least 1:45 p.m.

If it's a Friday booking, I'll only do 12:45 p.m. Beat the crowd by 15 minutes, you know?

So it was that we found ourselves at Pizza East on the last Friday in January. Promptly at 12:45 p.m. And you know, I didn't expect to like the inside as much as I did. This is a pretty cool space. Check out the front deli area. A little retro modern…

Pizza east deli

Pizza East is also pretty massive. Caterer Search says that on a busy night, they can do 600 covers. The restaurant seats 200. I don't mind massive, as long as you have a good product. And I think Pizza East is off to a pretty good start in that respect.

Pizza east pizza 
Based on some recommendations from the friendly folks on Twitter, I went for the spicy sausage and sprouting broccoli pizza. Liked it. Big time. Except for maybe the too puffy crust. I left a lot of the crust behind. Carbs are evil anyhow. The sausage was spicy, as advertised. But I've never been quite sure what "sprouting" broccoli means so I can't comment there.

The Verdict: I really liked the space at Pizza East. (Sucker for subway tile, sorry.) My one pizza was pretty good too. I'd go back here. Even just to check out the deli and drink some of the "wine on tap" business.

5 Responses to “Pizza East, Shoreditch”

  1. Mr Noodles
    Mar 01, 2010

    That communal table looks well uncomfortable. The seat in particular looks like hell to get in and out of. Perhaps I’m turning into an old git but god do I hate communal tables !

  2. Veal. Meatball. Pizza.

    That is all 🙂

  3. Krista
    Mar 01, 2010

    Will have to make a return trip!

  4. Krista
    Mar 01, 2010

    Ah see…I love communal tables. Within reason. I mean, if I'm a solo diner, I don't want to be surrounded on all sides. But otherwise, I don't mind!

  5. David
    Mar 10, 2010

    Pizza’s are not that great. The crust has a texture of something that had been fried. Obviously it wasn’t, but not really great for a pizza. Franco Manca in the Brixton Market does pizza that is a million miles better.

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