Despite having spent the day stuffing our faces at Stylist Live, Lauren & I showed up to Pizza Union for our pizza feed bang on dinner time.

Pizza Union is the new kid on the block, but a popular one at that, serving super fast 12” pizza at incredibly low prices.

The dining space is casual and laid-back with a mismatch of ‘trendy’ décor; exposed brick walls; communal tables; low-hanging industrial lamps; and neon lighting.

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Although a feature which sets it apart from similarly decorated pizza parlours are the antique Portuguese tiles that feature on the high tables, which introduce an element of charm to the room.

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Plus, the option to have olives or chili crackers whilst you wait brings an air of sophistication uncommon to most pizza places.

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However, ultimately, I would describe Pizza Union as a crossbreed between a fast food joint and a restaurant.

The fact that you queue to order, pay before you eat, and wait for your buzzer to spring to life, combined with the conveyor belt-style churning out of pizzas, makes the vibe a little more ‘post’ drinks than ‘pre’.

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Lauren & I placed our orders, grabbed a bottle of white wine (£12.50) and settled in to our little alcove.

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Not 5 minutes later, the table was abuzz and our pizzas ready for collection.

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We shared the ‘Calabria’ with tomato sauce, mozzarella, mascarpone, N’duja spicy sausage and rocket (£5.95).

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And the ‘Stagioni’ with tomato sauce, mozzarella, cotto ham, pepperoni, mushrooms, artichoke and black olives (£6.50).

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I enjoyed them both equally, with the mascarpone on the Calabria bringing a creaminess to the fore that balanced the spicy N’duja and bitter rocket beautifully, and the meat feast on the Stagioni being one that I simply could not turn my nose up at.

They were both excellent versions of a ‘healthy’ fast food pizza; incredibly thin crust, fresh and light, but in the same league as Homeslice, Pizza Pilgrims and Franco Manca, they were not.

Value for money, however, you certainly get.

For ‘pre-dessert’ we sampled the cannoli’s, which were sadly a real let down. The pastry was far too thick & dry and the ricotta fairly flavourless.

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Thankfully, the main event was better.

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We tried both the ‘Classico’ dessert pizza ring with Nutella and mascarpone (£2.95), and the ‘Caramello’ with salted caramel, peanuts, chocolate and mascarpone (£3.95).

The Classico was by far the superior of the two, with the comfortingly familiar childhood taste of Nutella blending well with the creamy mascarpone.

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Although I would have preferred the ratio of Nutella to mascarpone to have been upped.

And perhaps for Pizza Pilgrims’ (EPIC) Nutella & ricotta pizza ring to have been placed before me instead.

The Caramello description had me sold, but the culmination of so many ingredients ended up being a bit of a sloppy rich mess, with the peanut flavour overpowering all of the other elements (which were what I was most interested in anyway).

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In essence, I’d really recommend Pizza Union for a quick lunch or booze munch, but not as a restaurant to enjoy a sit down meal.

The prices are hard to beat, but the food is not, so it depends what you are looking for.

Needless to say, Lauren & I had a great time together and enjoyed our carb feast just fine.

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‘til the next time.

5/10

I dined as a guest of Pizza Union, but all opinions are my own.

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