Pizza East (West)

Two of my girls and I popped up to my old stomping ground of Ladbroke Grove for a good old gossip over wine and pizza at Pizza East. The (now) chain, first opened in Shoreditch and set the bar high for gourmet pizza and inventive toppings... following the success of this establishment they (quite rightly) branched out to feed the masses in Notting Hill, at the North end of Portobello Road, and more recently Kentish Town. 

I for one had been wanting to go here since it opened the doors and therefore extremely pleased we found an excuse to try it out. 

We were seated in the downstairs area of the restaurant where the interior is also worth a mention, as it is fab! Huge floor to ceiling windows, aged-wood shutters, vintage lamps and exposed white metal ceilings shows off Martin Brudnizki's skills of interior design. There's a bar towards the back of the room and two enormous pizza ovens on the left with busy chefs creating the yummy delights. 'Bar style' seating is around the 'kitchen' where you can watch them make the pizza's from scratch and also drool over the pork belly which is center stage as one of the toppings. 

We each ordered a glass of house wine... one red, one white and one rose all came in their cute individual carafe and all decent for a house choice. 

We ordered the olives and Marcona almonds which, sadly, we gobbled before I took a decent photo! However these were the large delicious, sweet, bright green olives you get in Europe, no bitter taste to them at all (I even think Mr D would approve).

The pizza's of choice were:

Burrata, Spinach, tomato, black olives
San Daniele, tomato, mozzarella, basil, chilli
Spicy sausage, mozzarella, tenderstem broccoli
All toppings were of good quality, fresh and plentiful. The doughy base was delicious - Crispy, fluffy edges and most importantly - thin! The favourite among the three was the San Daniele pizza and the spicy sausage was a great mix of flavours and textures. 

Standard pizza size is 10 inch, which, being 3 girls we could have coped fine with two pizza's to share and an avocado side salad - it looked delicious on the next table FYI. But it was nice to be able to try a wider range of toppings from the menu. Prices start at £8 and then head up to £14 for your more exotic toppings with most settling around the £11 mark. There's also great options for your non-pizza loving friends.

Again, even as full as we were Miss G cannot spy a Tiramisu and not order one, so we ordered and addedd in a salted caramel and chocolate tart with three spoons - both got the 'oh my god' stamp of approval - yum. 
Salted caramel and chocolate tart
Nibbles, two courses and a glass of wine came to £26pp inc service which I was more than happy with. I will definitely be going fact know my choice already!

Note: the restaurant gets very busy towards the end of the week and operates a no booking policy...therefore if it's full, head across the road to George's fish and chip bar where you will find (as voted) 'the best fish and chips in London'. It's been a Notting Hill institution since opening it's doors in the early 60's, cramped but fun and cash only. Jamie Oliver to name one celeb 'chef' treks to this place for his Brit foodie fix. Absolutely no contest over 'Daddy or Chips' here, chips would win hands down (sorry pops)... 

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