I am not someone who goes out for pizza. Pizza, for me, is what I order wrapped up in the depths of my duvet on a Sunday evening so hungover I’m past caring what the carb to dairy ratio is in what I’m about to consume. I thought going out to eat pizza was refined to Pizza Hut when you were ten years old, but I seem to have overlooked an entire alternative cuisine. Recently, a few restaurants have been at the centre of a couple of pizza debates between my colleagues. So I’m sucking up my love for the deep dish pizzas I’ve grown accustomed to and stepped out into the centre of Old Street to try a new favourite, Homeslice.
Homeslice started out as a mobile wood-fired oven hand built by Ry Jessup, and was launched at an event in association with London Fields brewery. They sold out in minutes and since then have opened branches in Covent Garden, Fitzrovia and Shoreditch.
It was a ridiculously cold evening in London and there was nothing that could have been more welcoming than the wave of heat from the wood-fired pizza oven that greeted us upon entering the restaurant. With its cosy and pub like interior, this place is super inviting and suprisingly not crazy busy – it didn’t really feel like we were in London anymore. My friend and I were guided through to our table, notably smaller than the pizzas that were being served. Our waitress was superb, she found the perfect balance between being friendly but not overbearing.
So, the pizza menu was up on a chalk board behind us which I believe changes regularly, all the pizzas are 20″ priced at £20 and can be served as half and half. You can also buy by the slice on selected pizzas for £4 each. I’d like to highlight that they have Prosecco on tap at Homeslice, a step in the right direction for each and every dining joint. I don’t care if it’s a summer drink, it’s the festive season and I’ll do as I please. The cocktail menu was written on a mirror at the back, which I have to admit was a really cute idea but we couldn’t see half the menu as they’d written it in white pen and the reflection of the ceiling was white so…
Now be warned that you can’t expect the usual here, this menu is experimental and there is no room for the likes of a Margherita or Pepperoni classic. This restaurant offers the likes of the following: Aubergine, Cauliflower Cheese, Spinach and Harissa – Chorizo, Corn and Coriander – Goat Shoulder, Savoy Cabbage and Sumac Yoghurt. You see what I mean. So my friend and I went for the half and half option (obviously) choosing Salami, Rocket and Parmesan on one half and Mushroom, Ricotta, Pumpkin Seed and Chilli on the other.
The pizza pictured above is a sham as the food runner brought us the wrong pizza at first. I did think it was all too fast to be true. But I wasn’t annoyed or in any way disheartened by this mistake simply because I was having a bloody good time – Prosecco aside. 5 minutes after bringing the wrong pizza we had our 20 inch meal placed in front of us, hanging off of our tiny table. Paper plates popped down in the empty spaces where they would fit and the absence of cutlery barely noticed.
Looking back I was so impressed. My pizza was delicious, considering I’m more of a deep dish gal I took the thin base in my stride and freaking loved it. The salami was some of the best I’ve ever had – I could not get enough. A little more mozzarella wouldn’t have gone a miss, the parmesan had been cut into monumental slices that was a little overpowering after a couple of slices. My friend’s mushroom pizza was described as “unreal” and the best she’d ever had.
I am so keen to get back here and be a little more adventurous with my menu choice, think I went a little too safe. The vibe is great, perfect for a date or catch up with a friend. It’s just around the corner from some great bars, try The Hoxton Pony for a buzzing urban atmosphere or Joyeux Bordell for something a little more intimate and excellent cocktails.
And I’m highlighting again – Prosecco on tap.