Three minute pizza at Pizza Union

“Bloody hell!” said James 1, my flatmate and dinner companion, as he glanced down at the menu. We were at Pizza Union, a new pizza bar off Liverpool Street that offers ‘superfast’ oven-baked pizzas at suspiciously low prices. I looked down myself and, yes, bloody hell, the numbers on it really were very small indeed. The most expensive thing was £6.50, a freshly-made 12″ ‘Carne’ pizza with beef, chicken and pepperoni.

I mean, that’s about the price of a McDonalds in London nowadays. And Liverpool Street is one of the worst places for crap food at high prices. We could barely believe it.

Pizza Union Liverpool Street

Pizza Union works with a sort of sexed-up counter service. You order at the bar, get a buzzy thing and take a seat at one of the long tables. When your buzzer goes off, you collect your food, and somebody comes to collect your empties. It’s like a more civilised, sexed up fast food chain, but feels like a proper restaurant.

Pizza Union Liverpool Street
Homemade sauces! FIFTY PEE.

Pizza Union Liverpool Street

But, of course, this counts for aught if the food is shit. Which, fortunately, it isn’t. In fact, it’s rather good.

Pizza Union Liverpool Street
Bzzzzz!

Pizza Union Spitalfields

Pizza Union Liverpool Street

They claim they can make a pizza in three minutes flat. Now, I wasn’t using my stopwatch, but the wait can’t have been much longer than that. It was fast. I chose the Calabria, which came topped with mozzarella, mascarpone, n’duja spicy sausage and rocket. The sausage was more like a sweet ‘n spicy porky jam than the usual sausagy pizza toppings, but it was delicious nonetheless, generously spattered across my pizza in great gobs of sticky meat.

Pizza Union Liverpool Street

James 1 opted for the Manzo, with beef, green chilis, garlic and rocket. Which I appreciate looks basically identical to mine.

Pizza Union Liverpool Street

Garlic mayo, spicy chili and BBQ dip
Garlic mayo, spicy chili and BBQ dip

The pizzas are 12″ across but thin and crispy, so they’re just the right size to fill you up without feeling like you’ve got a bowling ball working its way through your intestines. Obviously, this makes it the perfect pre-drinking food. Especially when it’s so cheap. Leaves more cash for booze, not that you’ll need a lot, because somehow this place is selling whole bottles of prosecco for £15 a pop.

If you do have room after your pizza though, there is pudding available…

Pizza Union Liverpool Street

Pizza Union Liverpool Street

And this monster, which is a pizza base rolled up, stuffed with mascarpone and Nutella and shoved in the oven.

Pizza Union Liverpool Street

We've got a gusher!
This one’s a gusher!

By the end we were full, but not stupid full. The food is fresh and made to order, and you can be in and out inside twenty minutes – it’s the perfect pit-stop on a night out, especially as it stays open until 11pm. Beats a kebab, that’s for sure.

Pizza Union Spitalfields

We visited Pizza Union on a Wednesday night at around 7pm, when it was buzzing but not packed out. A pizza, pudding and alcoholic drink cost about £10 each, and they also now do takeaway! More information and the full menu are available on their website.

Find Pizza Union at 5 Sandy’s Row, Spitalfields, E1 7HW. 
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Author: Emily Gibson

Emily is an urban adventurer, blogger and glutton foodie on an epic quest to uncover the best things to eat, drink and do in London. She lives in East London and loves ceviche, cycling and magic shows. Lifelong nemeses include beetroot, beards and wine served in tumblers.