Old Spitalfields Market is such a lovely place to visit. It’s quiet, yet there’s life. The market has a variety of stalls, food, jewellery, vintage clothes, vinyls, it’s got it all. This being a food blog, we all know what I’m here to talk about. Why of course, it’s got to be food.
Last time I had visited Spitalfields Market, I got my hands on a juicy and delicious Bleecker Burger (get your tastebuds going by checking out my review: https://thankgoditsfryday.co.uk/2017/03/15/london-street-food-bleecker-burger/)
This time, I felt ready to try something new. With vegan stalls, falafel stalls, Jamaican stalls, curry stalls, (even a naan stall?), pastas, cheeses, Ethiopian cuisine, hot dogs, barbecues… I didn’t even know where to look. Until I caught eyes with a bright blue van, cooking up fresh pizzas with a huge queue.
Seeing the huge queue, I knew there must be something special with this place. And boy, I was definitely not wrong.
WHERE: Old Spitalfields Market, hiding near the food stalls..
Again with this street food edition, there is no actual restaurant. It’s just grab ya food and go! The service is pretty slick, after a little confusion on whether you have to queue or where the queue is… A guy came up and asked for our order. We paid right there (£5 for a margarita, yaaas bargain).
There’s a little wait, 15 minutes for one pizza but considering the queue and the people waiting to get one, it’s understandable. We were given a little ticket with our number on it and we wondered round the market looking at what delicious foods to try next.
This pizza is WORTH the wait. You can see the two chef’s in the van, preparing the dough and putting it into the wood fire. Believe it or not, I’m not really a pizza gal. I don’t really eat it too often, but my gosh, this pizza marked a place in my heart.
The dough was so light and almost smoky from the wood-fire, slightly charred but crispy and soft inside. The sauce is something else, normally with Italian pizza’s it’s all about the dough and the sauce, plus good quality toppings. Americanised pizza’s are about the cheese, the stringy gooey-ness and crazy toppings, which to be honest, is more greasy and what you tend to crave. Before this pizza, I was alllll about the cheese. Cheese is really life for me.
But this pizza didn’t need the overload of mozzarella and pepperoni’s, jalapeños and what not. It was simple. A generous amount of tomato sauce was smothered all over the base. The taste of the tomato was absolutely spot on especially with the chunky bits of tomato. There were a couple slices of ripped mozzarella on the top with a basil leaf. It is so simple, but so delicious. I think there was a slight chilli oil or some sort of oil drizzled on the top which was the cherry on the cake. So good.
The Verdict: *****/*****
This place is a gem! Worth the five stars. The food is really authentic and I think it is very true to Italy, the guys behind the van are also Italian so it really does have a super authentic Italian feel to it. The pizza is super worth it, just £5 can get you a medium sized, hand made pizza that you can take away and eat outside the market, on the benches or take it away! It’s such a great addition to Spitalfields Market and I can not wait to get my hands on another pizza.
Try. It. Out. Guys!
Have you tried the Sud Italia Pizza’s yet? Will you be giving them a visit?
Let me know what you think.