The choice for our first meal was an evening at Pizza East, which is right in the heart of Shoreditch near to the train station. Shoreditch is in a part of London I love, it has wonderful restaurants, popups, independent shops, it supports local creative talent and well the Graffiti is superb. If you haven't seen my posts on the local Graffiti check it out here.
Here are a few to wet the whistle.
Pizza East is housed in a huge old tea warehouse that has rustic charm. The place is always a hive of activity and always busy so make sure you book ahead for a visit.
They also have a casual drinking space perfect for pre-dinner drinks or catching up with friends over a nice cold pint.As a family we were seated right in the corner of the restaurant with the perfect viewing platform to watch the comings and goings. I am not sure if I have shared this previously but I love people watching.
The starters consist of cold, baked and fried Antipasti. I always opt for the same, not because I am unadventurous but it is just so good.
Lamb meatballs, tomato sauce and cheese (£5). Hell yeah!
Now these beauties are huge for a starter, the lamb is wonderfully moist with rich tomato sauce and gooey cheese.
Other members on the table opted for the squid fritti and lime aioli (£8). This was demolished with speed so I always take this as a sign that it was good. The lime aioli I was reliably informed, was a great accompaniment as it added some tartness to the dish.
The menu changes regularly but they stay true to what is in season and are creative with the ingredients.
Unsurprisingly for mains we all choose pizza's but they also offer Mac 'n' cheese, chicken, salmon, lasagne, ricotta and a variety of salads.
I really enjoy eating rocket and any pizza that has this as a topping wins my vote. So I opt for bresaola, rocket and parmesan (£12).
Other pizza's at the table Buffalo mozzarella, tomato and basil (£8).
Radicchio, gorgonzola and walnuts (£9). Gorgonzola is a favourite of mine, as are walnuts so the idea of mixing them together on a pizza seems to be a match made in heaven. I seriously wanted to nick a slice.
The crusts to the pizza are lovely and lite, these for me normally get left but not here. The only thing missing is garlic or chilli butter to dip them in.
We finished our lovely meal off with fresh mint tea. The thought of anything else to eat was just not possible.
If you are looking for a lovely pizzeria where the food is freshly prepared and you enjoy eating in a lively atmosphere, then Pizza East is definitely the place. Be aware that tables are booked for a limited time slot, normally two hours.
Pizza East also have sister restaurants in Kentish Town, Portobello and if your are based in North America they have one in Chicago.
56 Shoreditch High Street,