4 July 2015

Pizza Union

After you place an order at a restaurant, how long do you wait until it's brought to the table? 15, 20 minutes, maybe even longer? The good news is, after the success of their original branch in Spitalfields, Pizza Union have opened a second branch in N1, serving your pizza in just 3 minutes.

It's a brilliant concept, and you can understand why Pizza Union have expanded - busy Londoners want things immediately, regardless of what those things are. To compare it to McDonalds is insulting; I consider it in a similar vein to places like LEON, where time doesn't compromise quality. I also really like the idea that you can book a ticket at Kings Cross, rush to buy a pizza (there's a takeaway option, too) then go stink the carriage out and make everyone in the carriage jealous, all in the blink of an eye. Although if you decide to do this, don't say that I advised you!

When you go in, you're provided with a menu featuring all the pizzas, salads and desserts you can choose from. Unlike Pizza Express, if you're not after pizza, I'd give this place a miss. Whilst you're absolutely spoilt for choice for dough-y offerings (you can ask for a gluten-free base, FYI), other options are lacking.

It's also wonderfully, refreshingly air-conditioned, so perfect if you want to escape from the summer heatwave of late *mops sweaty brow*

I chose a glass of white wine (I had two interviews that day - I needed it!) and chose the Pollo (tomato sauce, mozzarella, chicken, mixed peppers & thyme). My friend went for a beer and the Stagioni (tomato sauce, mozzarella, cotto ham, pepperoni, mushrooms, artichokes & black olives).

I also chose a garlic & herb sauce, whilst my friend chose barbecue. We were excited to get dipping.

Once you've ordered, they give you a device that buzzes when your pizza is ready. We didn't time it, but I reckon they came within 5 minutes, which is pretty good going.

First things first, the photos...

Not quite sure of the angle here... maybe I wanted to show off the tiles?

It was a good pizza! I was so pleased they weren't stingy with the toppings, as it's a bugbear of mine that pizza places often skimp on these. Also, considering the price (the most expensive pizza is £6.50), the fact you get a 12" pizza with a hefty amount on it is extraordinary. And also proves how much *some* places must price up their pizzas for profit. I'm not naming names, but you know who they are.

I really liked the feel of the place. It mixes old with new effortlessly, and is perfect for a lunchtime treat, or if you fancy a simple dinner. I swear, you can never go wrong with pizza. As my friend said, it suits every occasion and every desire. It soothes the soul.

And it has free wi-fi, so that helps!

We were recommend the nutella dessert, but we couldn't handle anything else, so had another drink instead and stayed chatting for a bit. I also checked out the amazing pizza oven in action - inside it rotates, and each time a pizza comes around, the pizza maker checks it. If it's not ready, it's slotted back in, and when it is, out it comes! Pretty simple, but it amused me nonetheless.

Italian Gelato - pistachio, peanut butter, salted caramel, chocolate & strawberry
"Superfast Italian"

The only thing I will say about the place is that the seating wasn't especially comfy. I was wearing a dress, and sitting on a wooden stool is never ideal. It's not the kind of place you'd settle in for the night, but that isn't what it's designed for! The seating is practical, the service is efficient and friendly, and the pizzas are yummy. what more could you want from a place?

Pizza Union can be found in Spitalfields and on Pentonville Road.

*I received a complimentary meal in exchange for a review, but all opinions are my own

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