Friday, 28 April 2017

Places To Eat In London: Firezza, Soho

Pizza is the answer to most problems, so naturally 48 hours after life got turned upside down by the announcement of another General Election (am I going to have to go to a part of the country I've never been to before to campaign? Will I still have a job after June 8th?), all I wanted was pizza. Thankfully last Wednesday I was booked in to attend the launch of Firezza's first central London location on Dean Street, where they're serving up 1/2 metre, social pizzas designed for sharing, antipasto, and some delicious cannoli.
Half Metre Pizza at Firezza | @rachelphipps
Firezza, Soho | @rachelphipps Launch Party at Firezza, Soho | @rachelphipps Launch of Firezza, Soho | @rachelphipps Canapes at Firezza, Soho | @rachelphipps Antipasto at Firezza, Soho | @rachelphipps
If you visit the restaurant (rather than order online) they have a rotating offering of antipasti, which I really recommend you make space for. From what I tasted on the evening, anything on bread, with buffalo mozzarella, homemade pesto or their wonderful sun blush tomatoes are a must-order. 
Rolling Pizza Dough at Firezza, Soho | @rachelphipps Making Pizza at Firezza, Soho | @rachelphipps Half Metre Pizza at Firezza, Soho | @rachelphipps Sharing Pizza at Firezza, Soho | @rachelphipps Pizza at Firezza, Soho | @rachelphipps
So, shall we talk about the pizza? They brought a whole load of different pizzas for the table for everyone to share (my favourite was the fresh buffalo mozzarella, pepperoni and sun blush tomato). but if there are just two of you (though I'd try to find a group of four for the best experience!) sharing a big pizza and you want to try a few things, you can choose to have a different lot of toppings on each half of your pizza. All of the ingredients are top notch, and I'd say Firezza's pizzas are for you if you like a soft (but still cooked and crisp), bready, doughy base loaded down with fresh toppings that are cooked, but don't lose their fresh flavours. 
Cannoli at Firezza, Soho | @rachelphipps Making Cannoli at Firezza, Soho | @rachelphipps Pistacho Cannoli at Firezza | @rachelphipps Pistacho Cannoli at Firezza, Soho | @rachelphipps Chocolate Cannoli at Firezza, Soho | @rachelphipps
Like you needed to arrive making sure you had space for antipasti, you also need to make sure you leave room for cannoli. Okay, so they offer a tiramisu too, but these are the real showstopper (and bite-sized, too). There are plain, pistachio and chocolate, and while all are rather sweet, I think the chocolate is actually the best and the slight bitterness cuts through some of the sweetness of the cream, and add a nice little bit of bite, too. 

Oh, and the drinks. I have not yet mentioned the drinks. As we were celebrating the new restaurant we were drinking procecco all evening, but they also offer a good selection of red and white Italian wines, Italian beers, and Italian sodas. Basically, exactly what you want to have a casual, relaxed celebration of the end of the work day with friends. 

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