1 Rufus Street
Tel: 020 7613 0598
Date of Last Visit: Thursday, March 8 2007
The Victims: Natasa, Frannie
The Damage: Unknown! Frannie paid.
The Background: Frannie is in town and after living with her and her husband in Stockholm for a month, I (feel that I) know her eating preferences. I am actually craving pizza, so it all works out quite perfectly when Natasa suggests a pizza place that is not Pizza Express. (Me and my constant quest to not eat in chains. But my affection for Pizza Express after one too many UK arrivals that left me craving veggies before noon. A long story.)
The Entrance: Empty. But soon buzzing.
The Service: Forgetful. Although they passed my tap water test. Eventually. The glass arrived about 30 minutes after we did. Oh yes, and the salads arrived with the pizza. Now come on.
The Pizza: I went for one with spinach and egg. It was pretty good. But then I saw the cooks prep the pizza behind the service area. They were unwrapping a shrink-wrapped pizza. Yes, like you can buy at Tesco. This is disappointing. Because I can buy that pizza for £3.99. 2 for £4 if I am lucky. Whatever happened to people actually making pizza? One of these days, I will go back to Cherrywood Pizza in Wantagh.
I think Furnace took that shrink-wrapped pizza and added toppings. I mean, how lazy can you be?
The Verdict: You know, everything tasted fine. If I had remained naive, there would be no problems. But I saw the shrink wrap, and I was shocked and appalled. How hard can it be to make a pizza?