‘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.