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||Contact:|
25 Sandy's Row
|Opening hours:||Meals served 11am-11pm daily|
|Transport:||Tube: Liverpool Street|
|Price:||About £15 for a meal for two with drinks|
|Do you own this business?|
Average User Rating
4.4 / 5
- 5 star:8
- 4 star:3
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:1
Horrible customer service. I ordered the "Bianca" basically garlic cheese bread, when I asked for a side of tomato sauce in a tiny cup the cashier stated that they would not do that. I proceeded to ask why and was told that if she did that for me then a line would extend outside and cause a problem. WHAT A JOKE! You are a restaurant, act like it. Needless to say, I would rather support Dominoes!
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!