Pizza East is in Shoreditch, housed in the Tea Building which is home to Shoreditch House and Dirty Burger – all of which are owned by the Soho House Group.
The interior has a warehouse feel about it and is open, with high ceilings and an industrial vibe. At the entrance, there is a small area with a big wooden table in the centre for drinks and charcuterie. Venture further in and you have the main dining area, with a central bar dotted with high stools for bar dining.
It can get very busy with walk-ins during lunch time, so a colleague and I booked a table for two. The style of service is informal and friendly which is perfect for lunch. We were greeted immediately at our tables, but given time to scan the menu. I was so hungry, which from experience should tell me I will order more than I can eat. Regardless, I went for two courses.
To start, I had barolo carpaccio, shaved pecorino and girolles. Oh my god, I love mushrooms in dishes, especially the more wild and exotic variations. AND I also love cheese, so two out of three favourites on my plate! The carpaccio stood up to these two favourite ingredients of mine, with its slightly smoky taste. My colleague had bruschetta with fig and burrata which I have obsessed about in previous reviews, as it is the most of delicate of Italian cheeses with a sold outer shell and smooth creamy inside. Lush starters thank you very much.
The main course is where my eyes proved to be bigger than my stomach. Crispy pork belly, served with salsa verde, red cabbage and butter beans. Wow. The pork belly meat was tender and was perfectly partnered with the finely chopped herbs, garlic and other bits. It was an effort to work through this epic portion of meat. I was reluctant to leave any of it, but I literally could not take any more. Perhaps best to miss out a starter with this dish to ensure you lick the plate clean.
As a vegetarian, my fellow diner had the pizza with artichokes, tomato, rocket and marjoram. Good pizza and a good price.
A good spot for lunch, but I imagine that it will also great on the long wooden tables with a group of friends too for an evening session. I will definitely be back here soon.
56 Shoreditch High Street
London E1 6JJ
T. 020 7729 1888