Pizza Union is one of my favourite new restaurant finds in London, and also one of my favourite pizza places in the city. Their bases are the Roman kind, aka thin and crispy, and their prices are ridiculously affordable (think £3.95 for a Margherita), which makes them a great option for a cheap eat if you want to eat out but it’s still a little while until payday (me, always…).
Pizza Union has four branches across north and east London: One in Kings Cross (where we went), one in Dalston, one in Aldgate and one in Spitalfields. We opted for the Kings Cross restaurant for pure laziness as we have a direct train straight to St Pancras, which is only about a 5 minute walk away from the restaurant.
Pizza Union is kind of a fast food place in a way that you order from the counter, get a buzzer and then pick up your pizza when the buzzer goes off. They also just serve pizza (and one dessert – more on that later…), nothing else, which is probably why the pizza is so good – it’s their main feature and they’ve put all their effort in to making it as tasty as possible. The “fast food aspect” also makes it possible for the pizza to be so cheap – the cheapest one is only £3.95 and the most expensive one £6.50.
I went for one of the white pizzas (no tomato sauce) called Tricolore comprising of pesto, basil, fresh tomatoes, goats cheese & mozzarella. Instead of tomato sauce, the pesto acts as the base and makes the pizza lovely and salty, with the tomatoes bringing a bit of freshness to the mix. The thin and crispy pizza base was amazing too – I personally prefer my bases Roman instead of Neapolitan!
My only complaint would be that I wish there had been a bit more pesto sauce on the pizza, as some bits felt like they could have used a bit more moisture. This was salvaged by the amazing dips you can buy for an extra 50p, though (I love when pizzas come with a dip!) and I absolutely loved smothering my pizza with their chilli sauce and garlic aioli…
My pesto, tomato & goats cheese pizza (with the lovely dips in the background..!).
Jim’s spicy pepperoni pizza with lots of green chillies and sweet peppers.
I very rarely go for dessert – not because I don’t like them, but because I generally get full so quickly that I can’t even think about ordering something else. That said, sometimes there definitely is a separate stomach for the sweet stuff…
This was one of those times, as I just couldn’t resist their one and only dessert: the glorious Nutella and Mascarpone ring. Made from pizza dough, it was filled with warm gooey Nutella and Mascarpone cheese, and was just the most wonderful thing ever. I get sick quite easily from sweet stuff, so Jim “had to” eat most of this, but I have to say it took me everything I had to stop eating once I’d had a few bites – it was SO tasty!
If you’re looking for a Roman style thin and crispy pizza in London, you really can’t go wrong with Pizza Union. The decor is really lovely (I loved all the neon signs and colourful tiles!), the food is super tasty and the staff are really helpful, too. The pizza also doesn’t take too long to be ready, which means you don’t have to go hungry for very long, either. Win, win!