If you’re on the hunt for a good pizza and more, head for Pizza East. Their wood oven pizzas are tasty and you can order some delicious salads and sides plus some good main dishes. They also serve an exceptional brunch reserved for the weekends only. This restaurant is part of the Soho House Group and after starting off in the Shoreditch Tea Building, they can now be found in Kentish Town and Portobello. If you’re searching for – pizza Shoreditch, Kentish Town pizzeria, Portobello pizzeria or weekend brunch London head for Pizza East. Also good to know is they have an Italian deli at each branch where you can buy artisan delights like cured meats and specialty cheese.
Homeboy and I tried two of these restaurants, one in Kentish Town for lunch with a friend and the Shoreditch venue one Sunday for brunch. One thing to note is that at the weekend from around 11am these places tend to get noisy with kids and parents which is great for them. However, if you want a quiet place to eat go early at the weekend for brunch or late evenings for dinner. The music was also very loud (particularly in the Kentish Town venue) so it’s not ideal if you need to discuss anything serious.
Pizza East Menu
I noticed that the menus vary depending on which location you’re eating at so check them out online. We ate pizza at the Kentish Town branch so I’ll talk about the lunch menu here. The pizzas are not particularly large but I quite liked that because then you get to order some of the yummy side dishes. There are around ten variations of pizza which include vegetarian options like buffalo mozzarella with tomatoes and basil, goat’s cheese with red onion and oregano plus Portobello mushroom with gorgonzola. Meat and fish pizzas ranged from spicy sausage with mozzarella and broccoli, veal meatballs with prosciutto, cream and sage plus anchovies with tomatoes, mozzarella, olives and capers. The pizza is rustic in presentation and they use ciabatta style, slow-proved dough which is made on the premises. The base, crust and toppings were all delicious.
Goat’s Cheese with Red Onion and Oregano Pizza and Buffalo Mozzarella with Tomatoes and Basil Pizza
If you’re not in the mood for pizza you can go for mac ‘n cheese, beef lasagne, salt baked salmon or lamb. On Sunday you can order a roast of pork belly, rib of beef or chicken. The antipasti selection included lamb meatballs with tomato sauce and Parmesan, pork belly with crackling and aioli and baby octopus with tomatoes and olives. Vegetarians might like the vegetable fritti with mint and garlic. The vegetables were interesting which included sweet potato with chard and wild mushrooms, plus cauliflower with salsa Verde and a purple sprouting broccoli with chilli. They had a good selection of salads from raw beets, carrots and ricotta to courgette, peas and baby leaves. If you have any room left, the desserts include tiramisu, salted chocolate caramel tarts and a good selection of cheeses.
Baby Octopus, Vegetable Fritti and Sweet Potatoes with Chard
The weekend brunch menu at Shoreditch includes a couple of bruschetta options of avocado with poached egg and smoked trout with baby fennel. We tried both of these and they were extremely fresh and so darn tasty. Other egg dishes included eggs carbonara, green eggs and ham, a full breakfast, pork saltimbocca with spinach and fried egg and then there’s eggs any style you please.
Trout and Baby Fennel Bruschetta
Alternatively, there’s granola with blueberries and yoghurt. Instead of being virtuous I say you should order the pancakes with ricotta and fruit, yummy!
Pancakes with Ricotta and Fruit
Pizza East Interiors
The interiors are on the industrial tip with rustic wooden floors, exposed pipes, bare brick walls and touches of concrete. With raw metal tables and chairs plus enamel pendant lamps, it’s rough-luxe in style. The tables are quite well spaced out so you can have some privacy from your neighbours.
Pizza East Information
Shoreditch Restaurant Exterior
Cuisine: Modern Italian
Price: Pizzas £9-15, other mains £9-18, antipasti £4-9, vegetables £7-8, salads £6-8, weekend brunch £5-10
Website: Pizza East Shoreditch
Address: 56 Shoreditch High Street London E1, 310 Portobello Road London W10 and 79 Highgate Road London NW5
Open: Opening times vary depending on the location so check online
Décor: Industrial vibe
Reservations: Advisable, you can book online
Service Charge: Yes
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London. Thanks: Homeboy and Richie for dining with me.