Fire & Stone

Covent Garden
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‘Deliciously different pizzas’ is the motto of Fire & Stone pizzeria. Different they certainly are, as they serve unorthodox ingredients on a pizza base, making a dish that few Italians would recognise as ‘pizza’.

You can have sour cream and guacamole, chicken tikka, or -– what caught our attention – the ‘Peking’ pizza, a combination of shredded duck with hoisin sauce, mozzarella, spring onions and cucumber. Every bite of our Peking pizza had flavours pulling in different directions, but at least the chefs had gone easy on the hoisin sauce. If that’s not already a pizza too far, there’s also pizza for dessert too, such as the banoffee pizza.

There are also more conservative options such as margheritas (not called that on this menu, but margheritas nonetheless) – though ours had a base that was oddly dry, round and even, not crisp and irregular as good pizza should be. The starters also take classic dishes, then meddle with them- our grilled ‘bruschetta’ had caramelised onions, pesto, brie and parma ham served on toast with the texture of spongy supermarket bread.

In keeping with the menu this spacious Covent Garden restaurant has a modern look with additional seating downstairs, past the gas-fired pizza oven with its huge tiled chimney.

Venue name: Fire & Stone
Address: 31-32 Maiden Lane
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-4.30pm daily. Dinner served 4.30-10.45pm Mon-Wed; 4.30-11.45pm Thur-Sun
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden or Leicester Square tube
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £30

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I have been waiting to visit Fire & Stone for a while after hearing how great it is. Visited the other night after the main dinner time in most restaurants and the most appalling service ever. The food I have to say is lovely made well displayed perfectly and very well thought out. The pricing also ok for the quality of food. The service is what lets the whole place down though. The waiter would almost ignore us all the time, took ages to order drinks and food, to pay the bill, to get plates taken away was over 20 mins. The waiter bringing our food over dropped my started on the floor covering my friends coat in sauce which has since stained which alone is not happy about. They never bothered replacing it until i had to mention to a waiter you dropped my food, then again to get the sauce that went with it. Also complaining about leaving broken glass all around our feet and still didn't clear it up. I find that awful and dangerous. Safe to say I will not return.