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25 Sandy's Row
Offering super-quick pizzas at prices lower than most City side dishes, this casual and lively canteen-style diner is consistently busy, despite its backstreet location. The open-plan, high-ceiling space takes a no-frills, stripped-back approach to decor, with long wooden communal benches throughout. The draw here is simplicity and great taste: order and pay at the counter, collect a buzzer and sip a beer while you wait. Roman-style, thin and crispy 12 inch pizzas start at £3.95 for a margherita, with the most expensive a mere £6.50. Our Calabria had creamy mozzarella and mascarpone paired with peppy n’duja sausage, the pizza striking a good balance between crisp and gooey. Gluten-free dough is offered for an extra £1, while desserts include dough rings stuffed with Nutella. Frequented by young professionals and students, this has become a local favourite for a fun post-work fill-up.
25 Sandy's Row
Liverpool Street Tube Station 227m
Aldgate East Tube Station 454m
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Food + drink: 5
We went to Pizza Union, a fun and funky joint near Liverpool Street. As the name would suggest they specialise in pizza and the giant wood fired oven dominating the open plan kitchen indicates that they take their work seriously. The pizzas cook in minutes and their light crispy blistered crusts are maybe the best we’ve had outside Italy. It’s a super speedy operation, you place your order at the counter, they give you a buzzer that vibrates when you need to pick up your pizza. Job done.
We started with a bottle of Prosecco (£15) which definitely whetted our appetite for the main event. Next followed gorgeous pizzas. The Calabria - an unusual combination of n’duja (spicy sausage) marscapone and rocket (£5.95). I really enjoyed it, the contrast between the properlyspicy sausage, more like a paste, and the creamy marscapone. The Stagoni (£6.50) a quartered pizza with four different toppings, cotto ham, pepperoni, mushrooms and artichokes. For those who have food intolerances they also do a gluten free base that I can vouche for. In our opinion, the best pizzas outside Italy we’ve had! Perfect thin crust and base. My only complaint is that the standard Shoreditch look (bare bricks, lots of glass) makes the restaurant cold and therefore the pizza goes cold quickly too.
But save space for dessert for they do dough rings filled with Nutella and marscapone (£2.95), that are things of beauty. You might feel dirty afterwards but whilst it lasts it’s a joyous experience, biting into warm dough, feeling the Nutella squirt over your fingers. Go with someone who already loves you because this is not an attractive look (unless you have niche tastes…).
Go, the pizzas are cheap and great, what more do you want?
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