Restaurant Evaluation: Firebrand Pizza, Clerkenwell, London

Each time I order a pizza, I say somewhat prayer that it received’t be a disappointment. Certain, this flat circle of dough, topped with tomato sauce, melted cheese and no matter else the creativeness permits, isn’t alleged to be a gastronomic dish, nevertheless it ought to have some pizzazz and in my expertise, they’re usually mediocre at greatest

For my part, a pizza ought to be crispy sufficient for a satisfying chew but tender on the within with flavoursome toppings for a gratifying chew.

So on my method to Firebrand Pizza one lengthy, heady, sunny night, I muttered a small invocation and made my manner in.

Atmosphere

Al fresco eating

Informal inside

The constructing regarded good-looking with its Baroque parts on the nook plot on the finish of Rosebery Avenue. It was nonetheless vibrant and sunny that night and maybe unsurprisingly, the surface tables had already been nabbed. With overhead heaters, cushioned seating and canopies, the alfresco house regarded like an inviting place to dine.

So we took our place inside. It is a spacious zone with cozy cushioned chairs in nice environment. That is additionally the place the hybrid wooden/gasoline oven takes centre stage and it was enjoyable to look at the chef at work.

Meals & Drink

Whereas we waited for the garlic and oregano marinated tomato bruschetta, blended olives and arancini (rice balls filled with Mozarella cheese), a plate of dough sticks arrived with a  balsamic vinegar dip. All well-executed.

Then got here the pizzas.

Buffalo Mozarella added after cooking and anchovy, olives and capers

My associate went for anchovy, olives, capers, tomato sauce and mozzarella pizza. I noticed a Buffalo Mozzarella pizza which got here with the cheese positioned on prime of the pizza in clumps after it’s cooked. 

We watched as they have been being made. That is what we noticed – word how my pizza was topped solely with tomato sauce:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Each turned up barely crispy – although my associate would have most well-liked his to have somewhat extra crispiness. The dough tasted nice, and what we couldn’t end, we took dwelling.

I used to be eager to search out out the key to their dough. Co-owner Man Holmes defined:

The key to the pizza, is sourdough left to show for 72 hours made with Caputo Flour from Naples. That’s the optimum time to develop the sourdough style and make it simple to digest. The tomato sauce on the pizzas is created from San Marzano tomatoes, once more from Naples, as is our 100% Fior Di Latte Mozzarella. Our oven is wooden fired and all elements have been fastidiously sourced from specialist Italian producers to make sure the very best high quality.

Although greatest identified for its pizzas, the Firebrand menu affords pasta, steaks, seabass and hen dishes.

There’s a handful of desserts, and naturally, we selected a fairly first rate Tiramisu.

There’s a small wine record, some cocktails (we went for gin and tonic) and a number of fascinating beers.

Verdict:

These pizzas did certainly have some pizzazz. These have been as shut as you will get to an genuine Pizza eaten in Rome.

Extra information: www.firebrandpizza.co.uk


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