Pizza Union

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Billing itself as a ‘superveloce Italiana’, this industrial-looking canteen really does serve pizza pronto. It’s busiest at lunch, luring City workers and business students from the adjacent UEA London. A flashing buzzer summoned us to the counter to collect ours less than four minutes after ordering.

The menu lists all the classics alongside a couple of more recent immigrants, such as the bianca, free of tomato and with great rosemary and garlic pungency. Baked in the large igloo-like oven, the pizza bases we tried were uniformly thin and light with a crisp crust. The creamy mascarpone on a Toscana was a great foil to spicy Calabrian 'nduja sausage spread and peppery rocket. The still-runny egg yolk of a capricciosa was seasoned nicely by the salty capers and olives that accompanied it, although perhaps it could have been improved with a twist of black pepper.

Desserts are limited to serve-yourself tubs of ice cream supplied by London gelateria Gelupo, and folded pizza alla cioccolata, stuffed with nutella and mascarpone.

Pizza Union isn’t ideal for intimate dates – the exposed breezeblock walls, ceiling vents, concrete floors, chipboard cladding and long wooden plank tables are a bear-hug embrace to industrial décor. But if you’re simply looking for good fast food, the pizza makes it a must if you’re nearby.

by Nick Amato

Venue name: Pizza Union
Address: 25 Sandy's Row
E1 7HW
Opening hours: Meals served 11am-11pm daily
Transport: Tube: Liverpool Street
Price: About £15 for a meal for two with drinks
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Looking at the long menu of 12 inch stone baked pizzas at Pizza Union, I opted for a Margherita with pineapple and mushrooms (my veggie version of a Hawaiian). My dining companion who is also vegetarian went for the Formaggi which combined mozzarella, mascarpone, gorgonzola and parmesan. On a side note, parmesan is not technically vegetarian but as Pizza Union have listed this pizza as a veggie option it would suggest that they have used a vegetarian alternative to parmesan.

We also ordered a bottle of white wine and bought some of the spicy dried corn bites from the counter. We found some seats and took our buzzer expecting a wait but the red light flashed before we knew it and we went to the counter to collect our pizzas. I was truly impressed with the quality of the pizzas. I felt that my companion’s was better than mine but I should have guessed since cheese makes everything better. However the flavours and the base were delicious and we had no complaints at all.

For dessert, Pizza Union offer Dolce which is a warm dough ring with various options for additions. We tried the Classico which consisted of Nutella and mascarpone and as a lover of Nutella it was scrumptious! They also offer a variety of Cannolis at the pay station which looked ideal for a lighter dessert.


Popping in straight from work and starved, I was pleasantly surprised by how quick the service was at Pizza Union. Five to ten minutes after ordering I was stuffing a steaming Funghi pizza into my face, and it really was delicious. A thin base with plenty of mozzarella, mushrooms and thyme, not only did it make my stomach happy, but my bank account too – it was a steal at £4.95! Next time I’m going all out with one of their warm Nutella dough rings – that sounds heavenly.

Rosie A

Big fan of pizza union - which completely turns my usual dinner plans on their head. This cheap, fast style joint makes delicious pizzas - you sit on haphazard long tables, and you get a buzzer to know when your pizza is ready. It's not especially glamorous and everybody gets their food when it's ready - not at the same time. It's surprisingly easy to host a group here (we were about 12 people) - and we pre booked a table. 

So let me just recap - it's:

a) cheap (like a fiver) 

b) you can book 

c) the food is top dollar 

d) stress free 

e) a nice atmosphere

f) they serve drinks like beer and prosecco (hurrah) 

Love it here. I will be back.


Great pizzas at great prices.... Extremely fast service. The idea place to go for a quick work lunch! 

Silvia Boconi

I just discovered this place a few weeks ago - been back already 3 times. Haven't seen anything like it - hits the spot in every way - excellent pizzas, super-quick, unbelievable value, and really cool vibe. Your own 12" thin crust pizza roman-style with awesome toppings like N'duja. I especially recommend the dessert Pizza Cioccolata with Nutella and mascarpone - addictive!