Cheap and delicious pizza, served super-fast. That’s pretty much how to sum up Pizza Union Kings Cross, and all that needs to be said, really. What, you want to know more? FINE.
All this Pizza Hut and Domnino’s stuff is a really poor imitation of a great Italian classic. Pizza isn’t doughy. Not authentic pizza anyway. There is no ‘stuffed crust’ or ‘double decadence’ no. The only base should be tomato, none of this sickly sweet BBQ rubbish.
Pizza dough should be thin, hand-stretched, and toppings copious enough to need to eat your pizza with a knife and fork, and never with your hands, unless there is no other alternative. A real Italian pizza should be floppy. Not stiff. Oo-er.
Pizza Union King’s Cross Review
Pizza Union, which is just opposite King’s Cross on Pentonville Road, works quite simply; go up to the bar, choose your pizza, choose any dips, drinks and sides, and pay. Once you’ve paid, you’ll be given a buzzer, you find a seat on their wooden communal tables, and when that beeps and vibrates, you head over to the pick up area and voila! You’re ready to eat.
David’s workmates all order from Pizza Union on a weekly basis because it’s so quick, and very tasty.
They have a really great choice of toppings, from a basic Margherita (£3.95), to Funghi (£4.95), to Tropicali – your standard ham and pineapple – (£5.50) to slightly more exotic numbers featuring chilli, artichoke, salsiccia, tuna and beef. Something for everyone.
Drinks include Peroni, prosecco and San Pellegrino, wine, coffee and tea. I lovely little selection.
I know immediately what I wanted, the benchmark of any pizza, and chose a classic Quattro Formaggi (£5.50), which was topped with mozzarella, gorgonzola, mascarpone and parmesan. The holy quad of cheeses. David went for something with a bit more meat, the Carne (£6.50), and after a short wait, beep beep buzz the buzzer went, and they were ready for pick up.
I mean, look how gorgeous they are. Look how perfectly cooked. And all for the grand sum of £12. We devoured them both almost as quickly as they’d arrived. The pizza are just as good as back in Sicily, I would be hard pressed to tell the difference.
We were invited to try the dolce, dough-based dessert, but after eating our fill of cheese and meat, we were stuffed. And I was impressed. Stimpressed, if you will.
It’s super cheap, super cheerful (if a little rushed) service and you’ll get your food within about five minutes. It was a great stop-off after work, and because it was so fast and delicious, we’ll be back. If only to try the £2 gelato – salted caramel? Yes please.