FIRE & STONE - REVIEW - 11TH MAY 2012
Sometimes you just want to go out for a really good pizza and at Fire & Stone, you really can’t go wrong. The pizzas there range from the straight forward to the unusual and it is one of the best pizza menus I’ve seen. I am a big fan of Croma in Manchester, which also does really interesting pizzas, but I think Fire & Stone definitely clinches it as my favourite place to go for pizza.
Inside, Fire & Stone has a really modern decor and the branch I went to is based right in the middle of trendy Spitalfields market and it has a cool vibe to it and was nicely busy on the Friday that we went. The Spitalfields branch has a brand new menu, which is likely to be introduced in the other branches of Fire & Stone, and is a smaller reduced menu but with some really good dishes on.
The menu features pizzas from lots of different regions and it is so hard to choose which pizza to have as every one makes your mouth water. The new menu also features a range of starters such as calamari, arancini and sharing boards of meats, olives and flatbread along with main course dishes such as salads and pastas. But the real star of Fire & Stone really is the pizza.
My diner and I (after much deliberation) opted for two different pizzas so we could have a taste of both. We chose the Florence (Pepperoni, Crudo ham, mozzarella, tomato sauce, sun dried tomatoes and basil pesto topped with olives) and the Hong Kong (Chinese five spice pulled pork ribs, shaved fennel, spring onions, coriander and hoi sin dressing). Both were absolutely fantastic and the pizza base really was delicious - coated in parmesan before it’s baked (which is optional but you’re eating a pizza, so you might aswell go for the full shebang!), it makes it light, fluffy and crispy and was divine.
The Florence pizza was sweet from the tomatoes but balanced perfectly with the salty ham and olives and the Hong Kong was just an explosion of flavours and the hoi sin sauce might sound odd, but it worked wonderfully. We shared a very refreshing bottle of rose over our pizzas also.
We were too full for dessert to be honest but felt we should give the Cookie Sandwich (Honeycomb ice cream, sandwiched between two cookies and topped with chocolate sauce - which I substituted for caramel - and chopped nuts) a try. It was good but not as amazing as it sounds and the ice cream didn’t really work with the cookie and made it hard to eat as you wanted to crunch through the cookie but the ice cream was too cold on your teeth! The caramel sauce however was sticky, sweet and very good.
The service was great on the night we visited and we were served quickly but left to enjoy our wine after we’d finished dinner and not rushed at all. The prices at Fire & Stone are slightly more than you’d pay in most pizza places at around £10 a pizza, but you’re paying for fancier pizzas here with more variety of ingredients and they are worth the money.
I would definitely recommend Fire & Stone - if you want a change from your usual margherita (however you can still get that here know as a ‘Naples’) and want to spice things up a bit in the pizza department, then this is the place to come.
Dotty Dishes was a guest of Fire & Stone.
Fire & Stone Spitalfields, 4 Horner Square, Old Spitalfields Market, London, E1 6EW.