REVIEW: Pizzabuzz, Old Street
One word to describe Pizzabuzz? Convenient. This is not a date venue, this is not a fancy lunch venue to take clients and claim back on expenses – it’s a quick, fun place to refuel with friends.
A short walk from both Old Street and Shoreditch, it’s conveniently placed for people working in Moorgate or Liverpool Street. A big, white space with booth seating and bright light gives it a clean feel, if a little sterile – but the pizzas whizzing out from the open kitchen counter and wood-fired oven prove more than enough distraction.
Queuing at a huge counter along the side, uninspired customers can choose a pizza from the short menu, or go crazy building their very own from scratch. First, choose from five bases (we went with Foccacia, £5.50 – no sauce, fresh mozzarella, parmesan, garlic, oregano, olive oil) then picked Nduja from the protein menu (£1.50 each).
There’s a huge selection of cheeses at £1.50 each, with everything from Pecorino to smoked Provola. Vegetables are £1 each, premium veg like curly kale and roasted pine nuts going up to £1.50.
Burrata came next (£5.50), which we ate with parma ham and chilli flakes, and a baby gem Caesar salad (£3.45). Staff were super keen to help us make our choices, with plenty to say about the ingredients before they were wood-fired in the roaring oven just beyond.
All was served piping hot in record speed, and tasted excellent. At the manager’s recommendation, we tried the Mamoo ice cream in bubblegum and orange flavour for dessert. Developed by Marco Pierre White’s former pastry chef Roger Pizey, it’s made from either cow’s, goat’s or almond milk.
A few little touches make you leave with a smile on your face – there’s the Coca Cola machine with 100 flavour combinations (this is the only establishment in the UK to boast one, except Five Guys), kids get adorable, party-bag style goody bags and even we left with a treat – bags of spelt flour to make our very own pizzas at home.
A colourful, friendly stop-off in a grey city, we loved the spirit of Pizzabuzz and its great staff and any hungry city worker will too.
Amy @ Fashionbite xx
Address: Alphabeta Building, 2b Worship Street, London, EC2A 2AH