Updated 11/8/20 with the extended opening dates
What can you tell us about Giz & Green?
During the lockdown, Gizzi Erskine and Professor Green - chef and rapper respectively - teamed up remotely over zoom for their Instagram show Giz & Green's Monday Night Fakeaway. On that they recreated the fast-food staples that people were missing - like a Big Mac or KFC - showing that it was possible to make them at home (and, in many ways, improve them).
One of the most popular creations was their stuffed crust deep-pan pizza, and that's what this pop-up is centred around.
So, we're verging into Pizza Hut territory here?
That's arguably the main inspiration, but this goes several steps beyond that. Many of the quality ingredients have been locally sourced and used to make standout deep-pan pizzas. Frankly, we've missed deep-pan - our local Islington pizza palace Sorrento Pizza used to create wonderful deep-pan delights before going solely thin crust. So if this pop-up heralds a deep-pan return, we're all for it.
Where is it?
They've taken over Passo, at the Old Street roundabout. The Giz & Green menu will be the sole menu there until the end of August.
What kind of Coronavirus measures can we expect?
Hand sanitiser on the way in, the tables have been slightly spaced apart, and there's regular sanitising of the tables too. They have a large alfresco space out the back if you prefer to sit outside.
Onto the menu then - what can we expect?
It's a simple affair - a couple of starters, five pizzas, dips and a single pudding, although more dishes are planned. Here's what we had.
And what are the other pizzas?
There's a simple cheese & tomato, the "Veggie" (with marinara sauce, double cheese, red onion, green peppers, black olives, sweetcorn), The Hawaiian (including ham, pineapple and mushroom), and the Chicken BBQ (with Tabasco chipotle BBQ sauce, chicken, bacon, red onion, sweetcorn, mushrooms).
It's also worth mentioning the Market Salad - which apes the pizza restaurant salad bar (but this is brought to your table). That's a piled-high salad with too many ingredients to add here - but you can go veggie with that too (or maybe add crispy bacon, prawns or chicken breast). That's a tenner before the extras.
There's a pared-down list for the pop-up. Six cocktails, a few beers and just a couple of red/white wines on the list (starting at £27 a bottle). We didn't have a cocktail - but next time the Cosmotango (vodka, Cointreau, Tango) looks like a must.
The Giz & Green takeover of Passo has a simple menu, but the focus means that it's one that's done really well. The heart of the menu, the deep pan pizza, was excellent. We do love our Neapolitan pizzas, but this was a welcome change. If you fancy some comforting food after the lockdown - this should definitely be on your list.
More about Giz & Green
Where is it? Passo, 80 City Rd, Old Street, London EC1Y 2BJ
When does it run? Now extended - running until end September 2020
How to book: On the Passo website.
Hot Dinners ate as guests of Giz & Green. Prices are correct at the time of writing.
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