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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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!