I finally made it to Pizza East last week and what a treat it was! Situated within the old T-Bar building on the corner of Shoreditch High Street and the Bethnal Green Road, you feel as though you’ve joined the cool crowd from the minute you step through the door. All exposed brickwork and stripped back wooden floors with plenty of steel it has an immediate industrial feel, however the warm glow from the oversized lampshades, creates an intimate and relaxed atmosphere.
We were seated at the bar which is where all the action is – watching the staff carve up endless slices of prosciutto definitely whetted our appetite for the main event. The pizzas are pricey if you want anything other than a basic margarita, but the combinations of veal meatballs with cream or the 4-cheese with Provolone sets this pizzeria apart from all the rest. There are also deli platters and hot dishes such as fried polenta or clams and nduja (sausage) if you don’t fancy a pizza. Delish!
I enjoyed the San Daniele, ricotta and fresh pesto pizza on a classically rustic base – it was nothing short of a delight. Because the ingredients are so fresh, the flavours are light and delicate, leaving you feeling comfortably sated as opposed to uncomfortably stuffed. Perfect for heading down to the basement bar – Concrete, for a cocktail and a dance afterwards. However, the big secret of this eatery are the incredible puddings – these deserve an entire blog dedicated to them alone, but I’ll leave that for you to discover. Happy feasting!
(Check out Pizza East for yourself, bookings recommended.)