Firebrand Pizza has popped up in a little area of Marylebone starved of decent restaurants. Just down the road the long-running fish and chip institution known as The Sea Shell, certainly over 30 years old, this has its faithful older crowd who can either dine in or takeaway. Firebrand brings a welcome change and new offering to the area with its wood fired oven pizza.
When you first arrive at Firebrand, in the window you are greeted by the large oven and Chefs at work creating what looks like great pizzas! There is a warm welcome inside with a small team one of whom, the Manager, rolls up his sleeves and helps with service. This is good to see as it means they genuinely care about the guest experience, so everyone does their bit.
We started our experience with a glass of prosecco and a crisp dry glad of pinot grigio. For starters, I had the bresaola with my favourite burrata, served on tomato. What a big portion, all creamy and delicate. My guest had the Italian meats platter with mortadella, spicy salami, parma ham, salami Milano and bresaola. Both starters are big portions so for larger groups could be shared mezzo style.
You cannot come to a wood fired oven establishment and not have a pizza so we studied the menu and made our choices. My companion ordered the buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, rocket and parmesan. It looked great and there was plenty of mozzarella on it. No skimping there. I went for nduja which is fast becoming a favourite ingredient of mine on pizza. The spicy paste meat is very tasty. Other ingredients on my pizza included ventricina Italian sausage, mushroom, truffle oil, tomato. Of course, we know I love truffle oil too, so I was spoilt with my fave things on mine.
We shared a pot of heaven, their homemade tiramisu. Absolutely gorgeous and the rich colour of yellow as it should be according to bonafide Italians.
If you live or work in the area, there is no reason to miss out on this place. I highly recommend that you factor it in over the Pizza Express on Euston Road, as this eclipses that experience.
41 – 43 Lisson Grove
T. 020 7724 6764