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

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Angharad B

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
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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!