City eats: Pizza East Portobello

A few weeks ago I was enjoying a leisurely browse through July’s edition of In Style magazine and came across a nice little review of Pizza East Portobello.  I’ve heard so many great things about Pizza East Shoreditch but not managed to get myself down there to see what it’s all about, so I knew this must be worth checking out.  The Portobello branch also has one advantage over Shoreditch for West London workers like me, it’s just a few stops on the tube to Ladbroke Grove, a mere 15 minute or so journey from the office.

Our mid month payday arrived so me and my co-worker, close friend and cocktail buddy Lucinda thought it would be a good place to raise a glass and cut a pizza slice in honour of our temporary riches.  I’d read that they don’t take reservations so we headed there straight after work and surprised ourselves at arriving just after 6pm. As you can see it was pretty easy to get a table!

As you step through the entrance, the stripped back decor gives a nod to its past as a Georgian pub and mixes nicely with what I would describe as a vintage take on the modern canteen look.  White tiles, industrial lights, marble tables, with a side of distressed wood and old metal chairs.  It’s somewhere between Italy, New York and London, which isn’t a bad combination! 

The kitchen area is exposed for inspection and I liked how the meats were laid out in a delicatessen style.  The pork does get a meat-eater’s mouth watering!

As for the menu, there’s a lot to satisfy your taste buds.  If you’re not a pizza fan there’s the option of a variety of antipasti, meats, and even salads.  You can view the full menu right here.  You’ll see that the prices are quite reasonable, you might even say cheap for a West London restaurant.

As pizza is one of my favourite meals and I’d read so many great reviews, there was no chance I’d be eating anything else on the menu and ordered myself this salami feast…

 Mmmm… All that melted cheese and quality meat looks good even in an iPhone picture and I can confirm that it tasted as good as it looks.  A nice light base, good cheese and peppery meat with a chunky crust.  Luc took on the pork belly option and they were definitely generous with the toppings!

We both struggled to wipe the plates clean but I think this was more the size of our stomachs than a lack of desire to finish it off.

As we tucked into our meal, the tables definitely filled up quickly with a mixture of families, couples and groups of friends, giving it a nice wholesome buzz.  There are additional seats and a roof garden upstairs so hopefully those arriving later in the evening wouldn’t be disappointed with a long wait.  They also offer takeaway if you fancy a night on the sofa.

Have you tried either of the Pizza East venues? What are your reviews of the venue and the menu?

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