Take your tastebuds on a journey around the world with Fire and Stone's eclectic pizza range. Offering something a little bit different to the traditional pizza house, Fire and Stone is equally good for a laid back date or to take a large group of friends.
Fire and Stone is huge modern venue which boasts the biggest wood-fired pizza oven in the northern hemisphere. Wood and chrome minimalist decor combined with high ceilings creates a spacious, converted warehouse style effect.
Offering great value for money in a prime location close to Covent Garden, Fire and Stone attracts a young and trendy crowd in the evenings and is also a popular spot for Saturday shoppers or pre-theatre diners. With capacity to seat up to 250 diners it is usually possible to walk in without a reservation although the restaurant does a brisk trade most nights on the week.
As a warm up to the main act choose from a small selection of light starters including falafel and calamari. If you are after something more substantial try the Mediterranean antipasti plate, a deliciously fresh tasting selection of cold meats, olives and bread sticks accompanied by healthy dollops of hummus and taramasalata and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
Do make sure you save yourself for the main course however because this is where Fire and Stone really comes into its own. The tried and tested old favourites have no place here. The pizza menu is divided up by continent with each pizza taking the name of a city. Even the Napoli, which you might expect to be the most traditional option, keeps things interesting with garlic and fennel salami and a tomato base and the more exotic options make ham and pineapple look positively dull. The Peking imitates Chinese crispy duck pancakes to great effect, with shredded duck, hoi sin sauce, spring onions and cucumber generously heaped on top of a delicious light and crispy pizza base. Thai curry sauce, free range eggs, walnuts and Roquefort blue cheese all make an appearance on the menu (fortunately not on the same pizza). If you feel like staying closer to home opt for the London which includes most of the components of the great English fry up. There are also some really tempting vegetarian options such as the Cairo which comes loaded with roasted peppers, aubergines, balsamic onions and goat’s cheese.
There is a small selection of desserts and for those who just can't get enough pizza there is even a summer fruits, sweet pizza on offer. If you have been filled up by the substantial mains then opt for the smaller sweet bites. The four little chocolate cups are filled with a tasty, light mousse and just the right amount to satisfy the craving for something sweet.
The wine list is short but comprehensive covering both new and old world wines with something to suit most budgets. There is also a selection of classic cocktails and beers. The fruit smoothies make a delicious non alcoholic alternative or can be enjoyed in place of a dessert. The very berry combines four types of berry, yoghurt and honey to create a thick, nutritious drink. Do be warned however, that the drink prices are not quite in line with the value food and can bump up an otherwise very reasonable bill.
The Last Word
Fire and Stone is a slice above the competition elevating the humble pizza to a whole new level.