If you asked me to name my ideal dinner, I’m 99% sure it would involve pizza and wine. There’s something so very comforting about the combination – and so deliciously satisfying. Whether it’s a date night or with friends, where there’s pizza and wine, you’re guaranteed a good time.
So when an email popped into my inbox from Pizza Buzz, with details of their new Bottomless Bubbles and Pizza night – I’m sure you can only guess my immediate response. For £25 per head, between 6-9pm on weeknights, the incredible restaurant (whose unique concept I’ll go into in a second) offers unlimited top-ups of sparkling wine and a large customisable pizza each.
I messaged Sofie and together, we headed there for a night of gossiping and great food.
The concept of Pizza Buzz is a brilliant one – which hasn’t been adopted (yet) by any other place I know. The main ‘kitchen and ordering station’ takes up the majority of the back wall – which is laden with different doughs, toppings and sauces. You choose your base – which might be a plain version (no cheese – damn you lactose intolerance) with garlic, tomato and olive oil or a Margherita – with mozzarella, tomato and oregano.
A little like Subway (for something relatable to liken it to) your pizza follows you along the counter, as you build your perfect dinner. I opted for chicken and garlic oil tomatoes (insert heart eyed emoji) while Sofie was a little more adventurous, with rocket, buffalo mozzarella and tomatoes.
Once you’ve designed your DREAM creation, it’s popped into one of the giant wood fire ovens to cook. You’re given a ticket number and told to listen out for your pizza to be called.
Your bubbles are topped up regularly while you wait, which is always a good thing – unless you’re like me, who drinks anything put in front of me VERY quickly.
Luckily, the pizzas popped out just in time…
I think the pictures only half do these gorgeous things justice – because in a word, they were incredible. Baked to perfection, with a crispy crust and doughy base, I almost didn’t stop for a breath. The tomato sauce was so flavoursome (not your typical passata – but with lots of tasty herbs) and the chicken wasn’t dry like it usually is on pizza, but tender and absolutely delicious.
The dough is actually made from a unique flour created by Pizza Buzz themselves (both Sofie and I got a bag to take home with us – although I can’t guarantee my version will be anything like theirs) and it’s prodominently spelt based, which gives it more wholesome, doughy flavour. It’s also great for anyone who usually suffers from bad bloating after eating pizza (the one side effect we all hate) because spelt is far better for your digestion and easier for your stomach to handle.
If you’re gluten free, there’s also a suitable base for you – and when it’s being prepared, gloves will be changed and special wood-fire boards will be used – to ensure there’s no cross contamination. They really do think of everything these guys.
And when I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING. If you’ve been following my blog for a little while, you may know that I’m dairy free – and usually, this writes off the majority of a restaurant’s dessert menu. Although this ensures I stay on track with eating well, I have such a sweet tooth and it’s a bit of a disappointment to not be able to enjoy something after your dinner.
Pizza Buzz, luckily – have got this covered, with a selection of ice creams made from cows milk, goats milk and (perfect for me) almond milk. Both Sofie and I opted for the almond milk and soya cream vanilla version, which I devoured in seconds. Usually dairy free ice cream is a bit bland but the mix of almond, soya and vanilla meant that it was incredibly creamy yet so light at the same time.
If you’re in the area (the nearest tube is Old Street – it’s about a 2 minute walk away) or in the market for some incredible, customisable pizzas, this place is definitely worth a look in. They offer a take away service (which can be delivered via Deliveroo) so even if you’re London based and need a pizza fix (that isn’t a greasy chain) then you can try it out for yourself.
Alphabeta Building, 2b Worship Street
London, EC2A 2AH
020 3815 6696
Have you ever been to Pizza Buzz? What do you think of unlimited bubbles and pizza night?