With the FIFA World Cup well underway, we thought it only right to keep your belly happy pre-match with some global-themed food. Pizzas at Fire & Stone come with a twist – toppings are inspired by destinations across the world.
Let’s start with an important note – garlic mayo. Do not underestimate this simple accompaniment, at Fire & Stone I’d go as far to say it’s essential – especially if your pre-match beers have given you a hint of the munchies. To start, we went for a parmesan baked flatbread with houmous and tomato salsa dips alongside the king of garlic mayonnaise. Thick, garlicky and oh so addictive.
If ordering another side of this moreish devil food wasn’t enough, garlic mayo appeared on our San Sebastian pizza. If you’re cheering on Spain this FIFA World Cup, continue your support at the table with this chorizo, mozzarella, roast garlic and rosemary potato (yes you heard it right) and roasted red pepper-fuelled pizza.
So let’s backtrack – roast garlic and rosemary potatoes on pizza? I hear a sequel of Peter Kay’s unforgettable sketch on garlic bread: “garlic bread? Garliiiic… on bread?!” in the pipeline. Rosemary potatoes, on pizza? Well, yes it exists; very well indeed. And sits happily next to slices of thick chorizo and melted cheese. Utter bliss.
Then there’s the Bangalore pizza with Indian butter chicken, red chillies, spring onion, mozzarella (enough coriander to fulfill my daily craving) smothered in mint yoghurt. So if your friends are craving curry, and all you want is pizza, here’s the perfect compromise.
The Peking pizza may be taking the playfulness a bit far, with a pizza version of crispy aromatic duck with hoi sin sauce atop a pizza base – personally I’m not sure it beats the good old pancake recipe, but it wins in the originality stakes.
For the Italy supporters among you, who are tentative about the perfect pizza formula being messed around with, there’s the Florence: pepperoni, crudo ham, mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes, basil pesto topped with olives. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.
But the London pizza breaks all the rules – think full breakfast on a pizza base: Cumberland sausage, streaky bacon, chunks of roast potato (they’re back!) roasted cherry tomatoes and field mushrooms. And the Mexico City pizza is just as controversial, complete with spicy chicken, guacamole, red onion, coriander and, you guessed it, roast potatoes.
This place is on Tastecard so you can get 50% off food mid-week and drinks are reasonable with cocktails starting at £5.95 and many not reaching the £7 mark. And if you want to continue with the anything-except-normal theme, why not try a milkshake with your pizza?
So mix it up this FIFA World Cup, literally, and travel the world through a pizza-based experiment.
Fire & Stone | Covent Garden
31/32 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7JS
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Southern Terrace, Westfield Complex, Shepherds Bush, London W12 7GB
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