Pizza East @ Shoreditch

Pizza East @ ShoreditchPizza East @ Shoreditch

最近、ヒップなお店やレストラン、バーが増えているトレンディーなショーディッチにできたピッツェリア、Pizza East。以前に書いたAlbion Cafeのすぐそば、Shoreditch High StreetとBethnal Green Roadの角にある、元はリプトンの倉庫であったTea Buildingを改装したビルの1階にある。巨大なフロアに最大座席数170席を誇り、コンクリートの壁やむき出しの梁やパイプ、柱など、倉庫であった建物を生かした店内は、レトロな雰囲気にモダンさを加えた、とても居心地の良い空間に仕上がっている。デリカウンターでは、総菜や食材、台所用品を販売。また、テイクアウトサービスも12月にオープンする予定だそうだ。定休日がなく、まともなレストランは11時に閉まってしまうロンドンにおいて、週7日夜12時まで(日曜は11時まで)休みなく開いてるのも嬉しい。

ピザは、底はカリッ、端はふっくらもちもち仕上がっていて、美味しい。タイムアウト紙によると、アサリののった典型的なニューイングランド風ピザなど、オーナー会社のSoho Houseが支店を持つニューヨークのイタリアンに影響を受けているとのこと。メインディッシュやアンティパスト(前菜)、サラダ、デザートと、ピザの気分じゃない時も大丈夫。Mのミックスリーフの上にセロリだのブロッコリーだのがのっているサラダは、£4という値段のわりにはデカくちょっとびっくりしたが、味は悪くなかったそうだ。デザートに頼んだ、温かいFig Cornmeal Cake(イチジク入りのコーンミールケーキのアイスクリーム添え)もなかなかのもの。

窓が大きく陽当たりが良いので、天気の良い日の昼下がりに、ほっこりしたくなる場所だ。

A new pizzeria Pizza East opened in a trendy Shoreditch area, at the corner of Shoreditch High Street and Bethnal Green Road – very close from Albion Cafe I wrote before. Pizza East is situated on the ground floor of Tea Building, former Lipton Tea Warehouse. The interior makes the most of  the features of the former industrial building, such as concrete walls and exposed beams, pipes and pillars, with contemporary touches and retro atmosphere. The pizzeria boasts the capacity of up to 170 guests on its vast space. There is also to-go (coming December 2009) and deli counter service where ingredients, accompaniments and accessories used in the restaurant are for sale. Opening all day from noon until midnight (Sunday until 11 pm) 7 days a week is a big plus in London, where most of the decent restaurants close at 11 pm.

Their pizza was fresh and crispy, while around the puffed-up edges was soft and chewy. According to the Time Out review, there’s some Italian-American influence on many of the dishes, such as New England specialty pizza with clams, because the owner of the pizzeria Soho House has a branch in New York. There are a loads of antipasti (appetizers), salads, mains, and deserts, so you will be fine even if you don’t feel for pizza. M’s green salad was rather big as the reasonable price of £4, with celery and broccoli on a mountain of mix leaves, but according to M, the taste was not bad. Warm Fig Cornmeal Cake with ice cream, our desert, was delicious as well.

Pizza East is the place where I want to go on a sunny day and relax with the sunshine coming through the large windows.

Pizza East @ Shoreditch

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