Pizza East - Portobello

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£25 and under
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Italian

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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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m
Surrey
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The pizza was good (but not great), it was the service that was disappointing. We felt a bit forgotten sitting upstairs and waited a while for forks and then to pay our bill. It wasn't terrible at all, but could have been better.

MM
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice place in a great surrounding. Relaxed crowd and friendly staff. But music to loud early in the evening and service slow even though it wasn’t very busy.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Very disappointing.

Z
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, nice ambient, some waiter v nice, some a bit confused.

OT
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always great food and a nice atmosphere.

M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for lunch and the food and service were good. The choices for vegetarians are exciting and the prices of pizzas very fair. The side salads in comparison are pretty expensive and I was a little disappointed that you could not have them as a main instead. Overall lovely pizza and a great place for lunch.

N
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food! Would definitely recommend and will be back.

G
London
10 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Got given a nice table by the lovely hostess. The service was attentive but hands off and we enjoyed our night very much. Great food with good ingredients. Pizza more so than lasagna.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Needed dinner in a pinch for a family of 5 and Pizza East really came through. We ordered 5 pizzas and the butter lettuce salad, and everything was fantastic, especially the service.

M
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Place and location are great, staff is kind and nice but food is disappointing.

H
London
6 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was extremely slow considering the restaurant wasn’t that busy

TG
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Couldn't help but feel that the quality of the pizzas has dropped, and now compares unfavourably to neweer competitors such as Pizza Pilgrims or Franco Manca. Disappointing.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our family meal at Pizza East..stand out for us was the amazing warm and friendly service! Outstanding! We’ll be back!

CP
London
20 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The location and decor are great. Decent selection of dishes on the menu, pizzas were ok. Service was very friendly.

D
London
7 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

My pizza was strangely disappointing , I don’t know what’s happened but this restaurant has gone down hill, I live locally and would take some persuading to go back . Otherwise service and setting were great - as usual and as expected

CH
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service
Nice waitresses nice setting

AT
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
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...

LP
London
4 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

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.

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.

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!

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

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

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

Pizza sizes have definitely shrunk a lot

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.

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

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

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

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

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 !

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

Great for a casual catch up with friends.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

T
London
5 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!

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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