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|
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Average User Rating
4.5 / 5
- 5 star:19
- 4 star:6
- 3 star:2
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:1
Best pizza in London. Unpretentious, quick but most important incredibly delicious!! It's the one pizza joint you can't get sick of and keeps you coming back. On top of that they sell Odonno's gelato which is incredible and it's actually cheap!! The King's X one does do better pizzas than the Spitalfields one though.
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!