A couple of months ago, I joined a club. I’ve mentioned it once or twice but in case you’ve forgotten, here are some hints: it’s got nothing to do with sports, secrets, or fights, and everything to do with dough, cheese, and ovens. Ring a bell now? Pizza. The club is all about pizza and a couple of girls who will travel all over London for a slice of the good stuff!
The last meeting of Pizza Club took us to Zia Lucia in Islington where we enjoyed a spritz with our wood-fired slices on one of the hottest days of the year… now the latest meeting saw us venture a little more central, but no less delicious – PizzaBuzz, a cool and casual pizzeria tucked down Worship Lane, somewhere between Old Street and Moorgate.
If I could describe the concept of PizzaBuzz in one word, it would be ‘choice’. As in, there is just so much choice… the flavour combinations, iterations, creations are kind of endless. The idea is simple enough – these guys provide the dough made from their own flour blend and a huge number of toppings, then it’s up to you to put your pizza-creating prowess to the test. I love that you can be as cautious or creative as you like; it’s your pizza and you can damn-well stick with ham and mozzarella or go all crazy with the courgettes and jalapenos if that’s what you fancy.
However if all that choice is a little overwhelming (and it can be, if you’re as indecisive as me), don’t stress because the PizzaBuzz team have already put together some pretty mouthwatering combinations. Traditionalists might like The Italian with buffalo mozzarella, proscuitto, rocket and parmesan, while those who like to have their breakfast at dinner time might want to try The English with mozzarella, sausage, pancetta, mushroom, tomato and egg. That one doesn’t tickle my fancy but I can think of a few people I know who would salivate at the sight of it.
Along with catering to almost every taste, they also cater to many dietary requirements which I think shows they actually have a clue about their customers. PizzaBuzz take a lot of care to ensure diners who are gluten/dairy/meat free or intolerant are well looked after – they’ve got gluten free bases and keep a batch of toppings separate from the main stuff to ensure there is no cross contamination.
But enough about what you can get, what did the Pizza Club actually order? We had two of PizzaBuzz’s creations and made two of our own which captures the essence of the experience perfectly, if I do say so myself, with a side of burrata. From the board, we chose the White Forest with a white sauce base, mozzarella, Merguez sausage and broccoli, and the Irish Mist with a pesto base, mozzarella, spicy sausage, new potato, rosemary, minus the usual fennel seeds. It seems one club member has a very strong aversion to fennel seeds… Both may sound a little quirky but they work, and perhaps the oddest ingredients on each, the broccoli and the potato, are the highlights!
The first creation was a tweak to The Italian with extra green peppers and broccoli – Pizza Club like to eat our greens! I thought the addition of the vegetables and their crunch to this meat heavy combination was an inspired move by a fellow club member! For our other creation, we went completely off piste and straight into the fire pit with a spicy concoction formed of a Margherita base, nduja, caramelised onions, fresh chillis, goat’s cheese and mozzarella. Thank goodness the prosecco was on hand to cool things down a little!
We shared two portions of burrata; one served with rocket, lemon oil and sea salt while the other came with cauliflower, broccoli, sea salt and pesto. Both were fresh and creamy, but definitely nowhere near as good as my favourite London burrata provider. Offering extra bits and bobs like burrata and salad are a necessary move for the restaurant, but if I were you, just stick with the pizza and save room for an ice cream at the end – they’ve got some delicious flavours!
PizzaBuzz was undoubtedly a worthy spot for a Pizza Club meeting – the dough came out crisp and well seasoned, they’ve got one of the best selection of toppings I’ve ever seen, and the pizzas are made to your order right in front of you. The location and price make this a great spot for a fresh and filling lunch or casual afterwork dinner – so tell your friends and colleagues, everyone will find a pizza to their tastes at PizzaBuzz!
Have you tried PizzaBuzz? Where’s your favourite spot for a slice?
Thanks to PizzaBuzz for giving Pizza Club all those delectable pizza choices, but as always, all opinions are mine and mine alone!