With an hour or two to kill near King’s Cross and not an overwhelming desire to sip beer in a boozer, a snack seemed in order. I had a little wander around and eventually bumped into Pizza Union on Pentonville Road.
I had a quick scan at their menu and everything was keenly priced and there were many mentions of their speed to plate. This seemed like a good fit for my needs.
The interior has a similar feel to Paesano in Glasgow with pared-back bench simplicity. It’s starting to feel like a classic pizza house design.
Ordering is done at the counter and then they pass you one of those fucking buzzer things that grate with me so badly. I sat three feet from the counter. There were no need for a buzzer.
I’d ordered the Fiorentina which brought together egg, olives, fresh spinach and parmesan. It was delivered inside ten minutes so lived up to the speedy claims.
The base with thinly crisp to the point of being wafer like. The topping was of good quality with the egg yolk nicely runny. But the raw spinach didn’t quite work texturally making things a bit of an uncomfortable eat.
So overall, Pizza Union is a really solid idea and I liked the place a lot. Their pizzas were quite pleasing but I didn’t order to best advantage. I’ll likely be back on another King’s Cross flyby so I’ll give one of their other very reasonably priced pizzas a go next time.
Blythe scores Pizza Union
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
2.5/5 for service
4/5 for setting
giving an overall 13.5/20
I ate: Fiorentina pizza
I wore: blue linen
Total bill: £5.50
Address: 246-250 Pentonville Road, N1 9JY