Feast in the East

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.) 

Delectable italian goats cheese

I’ve had a long standing love affair with goats cheese. It serves as a delicious snack by itself as well as being a great ingredient in savoury tarts, salads or even a frittata. Over the years I’ve tried (and been disappointed with) all the supermarket offerings – surprisingly CostCo’s ‘Heritage’ range goats cheese is one of the best! Hmmm.

Anyway, my latest discovery is the delicious caprino which is being sold at my local Brixton grocers – A&C Co. situated on the corner of Atlantic Road and Brixton Road.

A specialist grocers, they sell a diverse range of cheeses, salamis, fresh breads and olives in addition to standard seasonal veg and there is a friendly, welcoming atmosphere whenever I visit. This is probably the reason I always end up leaving with far more than originally intended!

Highly recommended are the olives stuffed with garlic and mature manchego, but by far my favourite is the italian goats cheese Рcaprino fresco (meaning fresh). Half the enjoyment is just unwrapping the traditional waxed paper in which the cheese is carefully packaged. Inside resides the creamiest, whitest goats cheese I have ever tasted. Crumbly and melt in the mouth, this is best enjoyed pared with a slice of portuguese sour dough bread.

Believe me, other goats cheese pale in comparison. Yum!