REVIEW: Pizza Union, Dalston
WHAT? Ridiculously great value thin crust Roman-style pizzas and cheap booze in a typically buzzy, fast-paced Dalston setting. Neon signage casts a pink glow over hipster types crowded around long benches, scoffing dough rings pumped full of Nutella and £3.50 frozen margaritas.
WHERE? Walk all the way up Kingsland High Street from Shoreditch and eventually you’ll come to an achingly trendy patch of Dalston, home to the likes of Rotorino, Chick ‘n’ Sours, Untitled and Brilliant Corners. Pizza Union is just up from Fashionbite favourite La Petit Bretagne, a quaint breakfast spot churning out authentic French crepes.
The pizza menu starts with a £3.95 margarita – a whole quid cheaper than rival Franco Manca’s plainest counterpart (tomato, garlic & oregano at £4.95). The most expensive pizzas on the entire menu top out at £6.50, the likes of the Romana (mozzarella, goat’s cheese, pancetta & broccoli) or the Carne (chicken, beef, pepperoni, onions and rosemary) promising not to break the bank, even if you opt for some extra toppings at £1 each (we added mushrooms to our £5.50 Fiorentina which was delicious, though we missed the absence of anchovies on the menu).
As if delightfully fresh and crunchy pizzas made at a moment’s notice weren’t enough of a draw, the drinks list is cheap and delicious. A bottle of Prosecco is dangerously good value at £16 (we saw a couple of tables tucking into their second between two), a bottle of wine £12.50 and as we mentioned, frozen margs are a paltry £3.50. A new drinks menus is on its way, too!
For Thursday night catch ups over one too many bottles or a Friday night post-pub blow out, we can’t recommend this place enough. Save this for after a heavy week, when only quick and dirty will do.