@pizza – lunch in 90 seconds

Yes, I put everything I could think of - apart from olives, because that would be overkill - on my pizza. Christopher showed more restraint.

Yes, I put everything I could think of – apart from olives, because that would be overkill – on my pizza. Christopher showed more restraint.

I’m exaggerating. It takes more than 90 seconds from start to finish to order and prepare the pizza, but the cooking process only takes a minute and a half. I think it took us five minutes from setting foot in the restaurant to sitting down, pizzas in hand.

What? Let me start from the beginning.

Charlotte Lane is the road that runs parallel to Queensferry Street. It’s the road you’ll find Sygn and Indigo Yard. Now, there’s also @pizza, a new pizzeria restaurant. We went there for lunch. The concept is simple: you chose your dough, your sauce, your topping and, when the pizza comes out of the oven, any finishings. If you’re unsure what you want, go for one of the ready-made recipes.

Christopher went for the Green Machine with ancient grain dough and minus the cheese. Salad on a pizza! I made my own: sourdough base, classic tomato, Scottish mozzarella, peppers, sweetcorn, dressed with blue cheese and pesto. Mine didn’t look as great as Christopher’s but it did have everything on it that I wanted.

To drink, I had grapefruit and juniper soda. They have interesting flavours. There’s also beer if you want it.

The room is long and goes in greys and whites, the style is somewhere between Scandinavian and industrial. There are low and high tables, nice lights, large windows at the front. Since you can pick whatever you wont for your pizza, it should work for mized groups. the speed means it’s perfect for lunch.

@pizza

4 Charlotte Lane

Caroline had pizza and soft drink at the invitation of @pizza

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About Caroline von Schmalensee

Cooking, eating and drinking is fun as well as necessary. I do food for fun and I write for a living. Good food makes the world a more delicious and satisfying place. Good writing, meanwhile, can make the world a less confusing place.

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