Pizza East has three restaurants across London, with their Shoreditch branch opening in 2009. Since that time, it has remained a regular haunt for the hipsters and nearby City boys, and retains a close relationship with members-only Shoreditch House next door. Its industrial decor is a good fit for the area, and gives it an enjoyably casual feel. It's also a great place for large groups, with long benches well suited to accomodating the largest of parties.
Pizzas are priced very reasonably, between £8 to £14, and are sized individually (about 10-inches). They offer a great selection of interesting and regularly changing antipasti and salads, and a brunch menu at the weekend. Vegetarians will find themselves well-served with a good range of pizza and non-pizza options.
Ultimately, Pizza East encapsulates a lot of what makes Shoreditch a fun area to explore - it's relaxed, trendy and affordable. It's probably not the absolutely best pizza you can get across London, but the combination of Shoreditch chic, tasty food and a great selection of starters and sides, keeps it as a must-visit venue.
Last reviewed on September 1st , 2014
Hints and tips
- What will it cost?
Pizzas range from around £8 to £14.
- Nearest tube
Liverpool Street, or alternatively Shoreditch High Street Overground station.
- Getting a table
Walk-ins for small groups are normally possible. Worth booking on Friday and Saturday night, usually a day or two in advance.
- Weekend brunch
Saturday and Sunday brunch menus are available, alongside the normal menus.
- Eyes too big?
Pizza East is well set-up for both doggy bags and takeaways. Don't be shy - the staff are more than happy to box up the leftovers.
- LondonEater (2010)
Pizza East is antithesis, but in a good way. The puffed-up dough (measuring ten inches in diameter, roughly) was crispy, crackling and dry, stoney rather than juicy, with the semolina grains jumping off the base as I worked my way into the pizza.