Pizza East - Portobello

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404 Reviews
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£25 and under
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Italian
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  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Lunch
Pizza East - Portobello is spread over two floors of a restored Georgian pub, right in the middle of the bustling Portobello market area and includes a deli trading in ingredients such as polenta, fave beans and risotto rice, as well as Italian cured meats and cheeses.
Just like our big brother in Shoreditch, while we take our pizza seriously the setting is very relaxed. We’ve stripped the building’s interior back and created a light and airy space with wooden floors and huge windows, then filled it with beautiful vintage cafe furniture. The in-house wood-fired ovens and open ground floor kitchen mean there are great views to be had inside, especially from the antique stools at the counter, or you can sit outside and watch the world go by.
Our upstairs dining room is an even more laid-back sitting room, as is our terrace, a little green haven away from the hustle of town, where you can have drinks or dinner.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing dinner and staff were superb. It was VERY hot in there though!

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Service slow as always. Went for a business lunch and there were children running around everywhere although it wasn’t half term! Menu needs a freshen up...

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LP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I would really recommend this venue for its great pizza, the ambience and the authentic Italian vibe.
The antipasti are also delicious.
I will be coming back craving for pizza

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Only downside would be very busy and tight in terms of space.

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W
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We went at 7pm on a Saturday.
It seems to have become one of the go to places for families with lots of children. Unfortunately, that makes it a really loud experience with way too many uncontrolled kids running around (are their parents really that deaf?)
If you're in that demographic, it's one for you. If you're not, you might want to go at a later time, or try somewhere else.

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m
London
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, awesome venue, awesome looking staff and awesome service. Thank you!
FIVE STARS!

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a
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

As a regular and big fan of PE i was hugely disappointed - service and food was terrible. Long waits, wrong items and ignored by staff

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j
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it here. Everything is great only thing I would say is that we think it would be good if had a specials board or changed menu more regularly

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Pizza sizes have definitely shrunk a lot

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Place is my local. Salmon dish used to have an actual big salmon slice/portion. For the past month we have eaten there four times and each time got shredded CAT FOOD salmon remains and minuscule vegetable portion. Place went down the hill! No real value, service was so fast and impersonal. Won’t be back.

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j
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere.
Service was good but could have been better. Fourth time in there and service has been better.
Could do with a few tables being taken out as difficult for customers and staff to manoeuvre around.
A bit pricey but it is portobello road after all. Craft beer menu could do with an update tbh.
Food is fresh and tastes amazing. Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting the area

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Great buzzy place, but was a little bit disappointed by the pizza... Slightly burnt , doughy base and not quite what expected! But starters were great

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YK
London
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy food and good service! Also good value for money!

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PG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 4

Despite of requesting a table away from the middle of ground floor ... the waitress kept arguing that the other empty tables were reserved and not available ( with an addition of shoulder shrugs and facial expressions of disbelief) !
Managed to get manager in charge to intervene and he sent us upstairs and we enjoyed the food like always !

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for a casual catch up with friends.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The table was crammed between a very small space between the walls. Very uncomfortable.

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T
London
7 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

It may have been a bad night but it was the worst Italian food I have had in London. I lived in Milan for five years and do not expect that standard, but for a family friendly restaurant this was still very disappointing. I would neither recommend it nor go back.

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E
London
21 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Pizza, Beer, Buzz & Service! Cant complaine!

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KH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve eaten many times at PE Shoreditch, this was the first time at Portobello Road. It was just as good if not better. Same uniquely delicious pizza with fantastic service and lovely surroundings.

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IV
London
25 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Look, Pizza East is a perfectly good place to have pizza. They do good pizzas and the service is speedy if not very accurate. That aside, my issue was the noise level. We ate there last Saturday evening with the other early punters and their kids on a half-term treat. The decibel level was high with voices, laughter and the sounds of the open kitchen. This is why we all go to restaurants: to feel part of life, to see others and to be seen. Why oh why did they insist on cranking up the 80's music? It was already loud enough with the sounds of life and we didn't need any further noise. I realise that I am at risk of sounding like a grumpy old man, but I want to talk to my friends and be able to hear the conversations. This couldn't happen at Pizza East and we all struggled to listen to each other. I hope it's not a cynical ploy of getting the punters in, feeding them and then driving them away from what should be a relaxing evening by cranking up the decibels. Alternatively, I am just a cranky man with a slight hearing issue! That said, I won't be returning.

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KV
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall, the place was good. Pizzas were outstanding, but tiramisu wasn’t great at all.
If you want a great pizza and don’t feel like standing in a queue for hours at Pizza East Shoredich, this is a place to be.

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M
London
40 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent quality and service. As a native Italian and passionate foodie, the relief that genuine places still exist, safeguarding the real Italian food legacy.

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T
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great pizzas, and Sunday roasts looked amazing too. Loved the apple and cherry crumble and banana ice cream. Good recommendation from our server for an Italian rose from Puglia. He was very friendly and attentive to us, even though restaurant was pretty busy. Nice table by the window.
Would recommend Pizza East for a relaxed Sunday lunch - thank you!

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LS
London
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Awful.
If I could have heard myself speak, I would have told the waiter but the music was so loud.
The pizza used to be great; now it’s terrible.

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

You can judge a pizza when you order the margharita .. this one had barely any mozzarella and was drowing in tomato sauce .. very disappointing.
Add to that the smell and the cleanliness of the staircase and toilets were appalling.
The only thing that saved the lunch was the service: really nice waiter and waitress.
Unfortunately won’t go back

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NG
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Yes, but it was pretty noisy. An I would recommend a corner table if you are planing to talk to your lunch partners

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D
London
33 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a high quality but discreet pizza dinner. Staff welcoming, food flavoursome. V enjoyable.

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EM
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a pleasure to visit PE. Wonderful staff, on the doorstep and super food. Many thanks.

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EC
London
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pizza East is a great place for meeting friends. The pizzas are amazing and there is a great selection of drinks.

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CV
London
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Good food, but very crowded and not enough wait staff for the day and time. I also arrived just after opening so it should not have been that difficult before it filled up. I had to track someone down for every aspect of meal - drinks, ordering food, ordering coffee. Pizza was also not as good as usual. I think they are resting on their laurels and need to up their game. Take a few tables out and make it a pleasant experience again.

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D
London
21 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

As usual, we had a lovely time. Thank you. My bunch of friends and I have celebrated every birthday with you since you first opened. We will, of course, be back soon.

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c
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

always good - but the seals on the windows upstairs need a look - we sat next to one and were totally frozen

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OT
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

El lugar muy lindo y muy bien ambientado. La comida es aceptable. Típica pizza europea finita .

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AS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All just perfect!

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P
London
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Disappointing, pizza was cold and never got the salad I ordered. It was busy and the waiter was very pleasant but generally chaotic service.

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KA
London
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All was perfect like usual when you went to London

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Déjeuner avec mes parents pour le 24 décembre. Une équipe accueillante et très professionnelle. Nous avons très bien mangé ! Je recommande !

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing!
Need to go back asap!!

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HL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had made réservations for 13 hrs ( 1 pm.) but the bad weather, décided us to go with the children an hour earlier. At 12 o'clock..!!!

There was No problem.!!!
We were delighted.

The young waitress who took'care of us, called FLORA, was a very Nice and efficient girl.

We enjoyed our Lunch, really a lot.

We usually come to London, before Christmas, to celebrate meeting our cousins.

And we Love going to Portobello Market and having Lunch at Pizza East.

Thank you very much,

Heidi Lasfargues.

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D
London
21 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

As we usually do, we had a lovely time and will be back in January! See you then.

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