Published on July 31st, 2015 | by Gavin0
Pizza Union, Kings Cross
Summary: As long as you come to Pizza Union with an open mind, I can guarantee you’ll leave with a smile, especially when you remember the bill
Gourmet pizza isn’t a new concept to Londoners and lord knows I’ve waxed lyrical about the many fantastic pizza parlours around. As a result, we’ve acquired a bit of a penchant for perfection; unless it’s homemade dough baked in a purpose-built stone oven, I don’t even want to know. The problem though, is that this can often play havoc with the bank balance. But wait, there’s now somewhere offering authentic Roman style pizza for a fraction of the price?! With those kinds of promises I had to take a trip to the newly opened Pizza Union in Kings Cross.
The first Pizza Union opened its doors in 2013 around the corner from Spitalfields market, bringing a fast, casual, and most importantly, authentic dining experience to the heart of London’s financial district. Given the local clientele, you’d be forgiven for thinking inexpensive pizza would be a none starter, but just two years later, the Kings Cross branch opened in June this year. The concept driving Pizza Union is simple; arrive, order at the till, find an empty bench, and wait for your meal. I’m given a pager that will indicate when my food is ready, and it’s not a long wait before it’s vibrating violently thanks to the 450˚C stone base oven that cooks pizzas in 3 minutes flat.
I order the Calabria (£5.95) with n’duja sausage, mascarpone, and rocket. I was a bit dubious, surely they’ve cut corners somewhere to charge under £6 for a 12” pizza? However once I took the first bite, my concerns proved unfounded. Everything from the crust to the spicy n’duja topping was faultless and when you factor in the not-so-secret weapon that is the base sauce made with tomatoes imported from Italy, you have one hell of a pizza.
If you don’t fancy pizza, there really isn’t much else apart from salad. As far as salads go though, the pizzeria (£3.95) with pepperoni, chicken, olives and parmesan isn’t too bad- and that’s coming from a man that eats salad as often as London hosts the Olympic Games.
Aside from the insanely good value pizza, the desserts are the main draw. Gelato ice cream, fantastic cannoli for only £1 each, but the magnum opus is the dough ring filled with Nutella and mascarpone (£2.95). The premise is just as you’d imagine, a warm doughy pizza crust stuffed with liquid chocolate- diabetics beware!
Despite stuffing myself silly, I am in and out within the hour, making Pizza Union ideal for lunchtime dining too. Having no waiting staff really speeds up the process, but I know some would find the idea preposterous, and to be honest, this place isn’t designed for the hard to please. There are no airs and graces here, and the effortless excellence makes you wonder why more restaurants don’t follow suit. As long as you come to Pizza Union with an open mind, I can guarantee you’ll leave with a smile, especially when you remember the bill.
Pizza Union, 246-250 Pentonville Rd, N1 9JYShare This Post