Fancying a laid back Saturday night, my date and I decided to try Shoreditch’s Pizza East after hearing good things about it from friends. Based in the Tea Building on the corner of Shoreditch High Street and Bethnal Green Road, we were pretty unimpressed by the grimy old concrete stairwell that served as the entrance, but as soon as we went in we could see that Pizza East was clearly the place to be by the sheer number of diners waiting to eat. Luckily, being an old warehouse Pizza East is huge so we didn’t have to wait long to be seated.
We were placed at the bar and served by a lovely and enthusiastic waitress who promptly took our drink orders while we perused the menu. Despite its name, Pizza East serves a good deal of food other than pizza, all of it sounding tasty. However we decided to stick with the pizza – I ordered the pizza with anchovies, tomato, mozzarella, capers and olives where my only complaint was that it was a bit too salty for my taste. My date however chose the pizza with salami, tomato, mozzarella and chilli flakes which he found very nice though could have done with a bit more chilli.
The look of Pizza East is Shoreditch all over with exposed metal pipes, concrete walls and steel features but was surprisingly warm and cosy which led us to stay longer than we had intended to indulge in some deserts. I tried the apple compote with almond crumble which was absolutely delicious while my date had the salted chocolate caramel tart which we loved but it was incredibly rich – akin to eating a slab of chocolate caramel butter so we recommend sharing it between two.
Overall we enjoyed our visit to Pizza East and would certainly return though we did think the pizza was slightly overpriced; £12.50 for the salami pizza which is near identical to Franco Manca’s £8.00 salami/chorizo pizza. It’s in a great location to hit up East London for after dinner drinks and is a good option for a more relaxed date in Shoreditch.