The Italianate member of Soho House's Kentish Town triad – with Chicken Shop and Dirty Burger making up the other two – is decorated in uncompromising industrial chic. High, stained-concrete ceilings broken up by piping, ventilation, wiring and the like. Dark wood everywhere else. Bare floors. The décor makes for rather unforgiving acoustics, which means Pizza East can get very noisy. But the conversational clang is just about the only negative here.
Pizza is obviously the main event, with imaginatively matched toppings on bases made from a ciabatta-style dough. Prices start from just £6 for buffalo mozzarella, tomato and basil, and rise to £13 for one with San Daniele ham, datterini tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella. Nearly every topping has an alluring twist, as in the creamy burrata cheese paired with tomato, aubergine and chilli, and the generous scattering of wild mushrooms with Fontina cheese that we ordered.
The real surprise lies in the rest of the menu. Three antipasti were outstanding, especially aubergines with salted ricotta and tomatoes and addictive prosciutto croquettes (both £4). Mains of chicken stew in a Le Creuset casserole (£8 bargain) and beef lasagne (£7), with notably nutmeggy ragù, were even better than the pizza. Service could not have been friendlier or more efficient.
It’s a winning formula, and Kentish Towners should fill their boots with it.
|Venue name:||Pizza East Kentish Town||Contact:|
53-79 Highgate Road
|Opening hours:||Open noon-12.30am Mon-Thurs; noon-1.30am Fri; 9am-1.30am Sat; 9am-midnight Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Kentish Town tube/rail|
|Price:||Three-course meal for 2 with drinks: around £80.|
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Average User Rating
3.7 / 5
- 5 star:7
- 4 star:1
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:3
obviously great quality food and drinks and lovely space, and service - but particularly love the locals' discount on mondays & tuesdays and weekends - great value and keeps us coming back!
Love the food, its always packed with flavour but what puts this place head and shoulders above anywhere else is the atmosphere. It is a handsome looking fella without being too pretentious!
The place is awesome serving super good food if only you get there well ahead of closing time.
Although opening hours are until midnight midweek no one picked up the phone from 11pm so when we got there hungry and in search of a late take-away pizza dinner at 11.45 we were surprised the kitchen was closed! Pizza East – maybe you should pick up the phone or change your recorded message according to the 'chef's time' as we were told.
Not sure I would go back: the salt cod for my starter had not been soaked sufficiently in fresh water to remove the excess salt and was inedible. The pizzas are nice, but do not have a true thin Italian crispy base. Service was excellent, though.
Outrageously over-priced mediocre pizzas. If you have £51 to spend on a meal for 3, you can get a good sushi set-meal at Sakura with VERY fresh fish, tempura seafood, soup, rice and pudding. £51 at Pizza East will get you flour, water and a handful of cheese and 3 salad leaves.
How can Time Out rate the pizzas? This hipster joint served my partner with a pizza so salty he was unable to eat more than a third, and mine was served with a soggy base beneath a heap of unseasoned canned tomatoes and flavourless cheese. Service was definitely attentive but too much so - a waitress came across - literally - every 5 minutes or less task about the meal, and annoyingly, every time waitress walked past the table, they would top up our wine glass and water,even after we asked them not to. Gratin fly annoying. We walked ou before ordering desserts, and went to get gelato instead from the fantastic new Italian down the road
Mhmmm italian pizza in London. What could be more delicious.We all travel to defferent places to meet their culture , food , clothes and ect. But what makes it interesting to the tourists , i think the food. This restaurant in London will give you the best pizza pieces . Pizza is italian food , only italians makes it original , but this restaurant will give you the same pizza , like you are in Italy .People if you go to London go eat in this great restaurant its cheap and very very delicious.
we couldn't fault our first visit sampling the pizza menu so on our second visit last night we explored the rest of the menu, i ate the sea bream it was sensational,my partner had the veal WOW! our best meal of the year by far! :)