Pizza Union opened their Dalston outlet in late November. We went to check it out. Getting pizza right in London is not as easy it sounds, and there’s strong competition. So how did it go?

The vibe: flooded with light and a stone’s throw from the Overground, Pizza Union Dalston gets top marks for welcome. It is a casual style, with ordering at the counter, a mixture of high and low top tables and super friendly staff.

The food: we let Sam, originally from Rome, select our pizzas and salads. We got our dose of Italy through two of the most popular choices – Florentina (Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, Parmesan, Egg and fresh spinach) and Calabria (Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, Mascarpone, Sausage and rocket). Both are thin crust and layered with fresh ingredients. The price point was perfect, floating between £3.95 and £6.50 for a Pizza.

The dessert: even though we were soon full, our sweet tooth got the better of us. The house dessert – dough ring and nutella – with a small espresso on the side helped sooth away the bad weather and prepared us for a less than productive afternoon.

The drinks: Frozen cocktails, Italian beers, good wines, San Pellegrino sparkling water…no problem quenching your thirst here.

The verdict: Perfect for a catch up with a friend, a colleague, or a family outing over lunch. If you want to go in the evenings, Pizza Union Dalston is sure to get you in the mood for a good evening out. Friendly staff, insanely priced good pizza. 9 out of 10.

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Words and Images by Simon Day