After being told we’d have to wait around 45 minutes to be seated (luckily Seven Dials isn’t short of watering holes to pass the time), we arrived back at a bustling Home Slice with whistles wetted and suitably peckish.
From the outside this joint looks unremarkable, even dingy in the twilight. But on closer inspection, the confined candle-lit interior is the perfect backdrop in which to devour authentic wood-fired pizza, cooked just metres away in a large dome oven.
Given its humble pop-up beginnings however – Homeslice started life with two guys building their own mobile oven before pitching it in the courtyard of an east-London brewery – the new fixed surroundings sporting basic, canteen-like wooden tables are positively regal.
The pizza is illuminating too and a sociable size to say the
least.All served at a whopping 20”, though
a few staples such as margherita are available by the slice.
Three diners are adequately catered for by a single crusty wheel – though a couple of ravenous blokes would be about spot on.
A 50/50 option is also offered on toppings to mix things up. Although the menu is not expansive it contains some innovative, very-much Anglicised combinations the average pizza punter would not be expecting, as well as a smattering of Italian classics.
Toppings include; cauliflower cheese, aubergine, spinach and harrisa for veggies and shoulder of pork, radish, mint and walnut pesto for the carnivorous diner.
We played the half-and-half card and were not disappointed. Soft chunks of pork and crunchy radish made for a tongue bristling combo in a textural paradise of a pizza.
The other half – a more familiar caprese – was admittedly a little less dazzling.
As there are no bookings though, a criticism which can be fairly levelled on a busy evening is the feeling that your seat is very much hot property, so getting comfortable with a glass of prosecco isn’t on the agenda.
The emphasis at Homeslice is unmistakably on quality over
quantity so creating a relaxed atmosphere should be something the owners
work on to make this work-in-progress a real gem.
Bottom Line: Tidy pizza, but slow.it.down