food + drink

Best Pizza East London

East London pizza has entered a new golden age, and here are just a few that prove it.

nebula pizza east london

Nebula

BROADWAY MARKET

A stone’s throw from foodie haven, Broadway Market, and just up the street from Columbia Road, the restaurant and cocktail bar is caught right in the action of East London’s favourite hotspots. The festive lights and warm heaters made for a cosy little spot to tuck into a menu of flavoursome pizzas and thirst-quenching cocktails. Start with oh-my-stars cheesy garlic bread and you won’t be disappointed. The pizzas continue a galactic theme: Big Bang Brie, topped with Brie, Caramelised Onion and a handful of rocket, what a combo! The Dark Matte, topped with portobello and chestnut mushrooms are gorgeously slathered in truffle oil. Order a side of sriracha mayo and a side of chilli comet to accompany the crust – nothing will be left untouched!
455 Hackney Road, London E2 9DY


Miso, aubergine and plum pizza

Flat Earth Pizzas

DALSTON

Pizza may have saved some us during the pandemic, whether it be taking to baking them ourselves or ordering home delivery, but one thing’s for sure, we all love a pizza – especially when you can eat it at a welcoming, cosy pub, with flavour combinations that will leave you wondering, “What was that and when can I have it again?” That’s what you’ll find with Flat Earth Pizzas, one of London’s only sustainable pizza takeaway restaurants, serving up a mouth-watering vegan and vegetarian menu. Currently holding a long-term residency at the Railway Tavern, Dalston, you’ll find this relaxed and unpretentious spot, offering a great range of craft beers and real ales to accompany your unique and magically delicious pizza.
Flat Earth serves dine-in pizzas five days a week or for collection via Flat Earth’s website – or delivery via Deliveroo.
The Railway Tavern, 2 St Jude Street, London N16 8JT


Pizza Union

DALSTON, SHOREDITCH, SPITALFIELDS, HOXTON

Stylishly industrial with classic East London essential, neon lighting. It’s edgy for your Instagram page and kind to your pocket with pizzas starting at £3.95 and cocktails costing no more than £4. All the pizzas are 12 inches, I opted for the Romana and my companion, the Carne. We followed with the Dolce Classico, a dough ring filled with Nutella and cream. A great pit stop pre or post a night out!


Zzetta

CANNING TOWN

Placed at the heart of Canning Town, Zzetta is injecting some soul back into the regenerating landscape of Rathbone Market, one pizza at a time. With a constantly evolving menu area and it’s feet firmly set in the community, what could be better than Zzetta. The food does not disappoint: Bruschetta, served with a decadent Smoked Ricotta cheese ball and tomatoes and a refreshing Feta and Lentil salad with Beetroot dressing, which, believe us is no sad salad story. We recommend the rustic Rathbone Pepperoni: double pepperoni, Bufallo mozzarella, grilled aubergine, parmesan and basil and the sensationally salty Napoli: mozzarella, anchovies, caper berries and black olives. With a plethora of pizza options including Three Mushrooms, Asparagus with Mushrooms, Bufalina and Eggs Florentine alongside the ability to opt for vegan cheese and gluten free bases, Zzetta’s menu is as delicious as it is accommodating.
110 Barking Road, Rathbone Market, London E16 1EN


Death by Pizza

BETHNAL GREEN

This 100% vegan pizzeria offers a devilish selection of plant-based, hand-stretched pizzas: try the Filthy Weekend, a naughty take on the contentious Hawaii, with ‘mock meat’ ham and pineapple, vegan mozzarella, marinara sauce, and spring onions and; The Godfather, a New York style vegan pepperoni, vegan mozzarella and marinara sauce or The Devilfather with vegan spicy Nduja, spinach, vegan mozzarella and marinara sauce. Death by Pizza have gone to extreme lengths to ensure all their vegan-alts are as good as – no, better – than their animal-derived originals. Mozzarella is made from coconut and soy, ricotta crafted from tofu and ham from homemade smoky seitan (wheat). The pizzas have sloppy toppings and crispy, chewy crusts – a happy marriage of textures and tastes.
Netil Market, 13-23 Westgate Street, London E8 3RL


zia luca pizza
Photo by @haydonperrior

Zia Lucia

ALDGATE EAST

Start with the creamy and luscious burrata, generously drizzled with olive oil. Then share a platter of cured meats and cheeses. The cheeses are superb and go perfectly with the earthy-tasting charcoal focaccia – this is where Zia Lucia stands out from the pizzeria crowd. Their USP is their experimental dough options – from the traditional flour dough to an unusual vegetable charcoal black base which gives a unique flavour, as well as aiding your digestion. So it’s ciao to post-pizza bloat! Friendly service, excellent pizzas and a fabulous list of toppings. The locals must be delighted to have it on their doorstep.
Unit 1a, 12 Piazza Walk, Aldgate East, London E1 8ZH


Homeslice pizza
Photo by Jack Lewis Williams

Homeslice

OLD STREET

Whether you’re a fan of a simple Margarita or a controversial Hawaiian, there’s always comfort in knowing what to expect from the humble pizza. But, it’s safe to say, Homeslice Shoreditch is shattering the expectations of pizza conventions. With an ever-changing seasonal menu, this trendy spot rolls out the finest flavour combinations to feast on in East London all year round: Cauliflower Shawarma, Tahini, Pomegranate and Chickpeas, the Spiced Lamb, Savoy Cabbage and Sumac Yoghurt and the Provisions’ Four Cheese, Jalapeño Salsa and Rye Crumb with Garlic Oil. Having caught sight of a 20” pizza in real life we recommend you go for half and half (kudos to you if you’re feeling ambitious to have one to yourself!). If you’re looking for pizzas with pizazz, then this is the place to go – just be prepared to roll yourself home!
374-378 Old Street, London EC1V 9LT

 

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