I understand why people give this place 3 stars and indeed lower - it is trying to be that next level above pizza express but it really isn't. I don't like restaurants trying to be above their station.
But I have to give this place 4 stars on this occasion because of the value for money. I went here with an old work friend in a deal that gave us a meal and theatre ticket for £30 each. We did arrive early (6pm for pre-theatre) but were seated quickly with good service, we each had starter bread and olives, a main course each and dessert. All were satisfactory as courses, nothing to write home about but nicely washed down with a bottle of wine.
One thing I will say in favour of this place is that it's a great size and I really like the decor there's something fresh, vibrant and cool about it. Just what I like in London for decor! But I wouldn't pay the normal prices, I'd go to pizza express for their dough balls instead
While my group of 20 overall liked the food, there was unanimous opinion that the service was disappointing.
I understand large parties are hard to manage, but since this restaurant promotes its "party" business, I got the impression that its wait staff was not very prepared to deal with it.
For our 7 p.m. Reservation, we received drinks at about 7:20 p.m., appetizers at about 7:45 p.m. , then waited and waited ... and waited. At 8:30 p.m., I complained to the staff that we had not received our pizza. He said he'd check on it. A few minutes later, I flagged the waiter to ask what was taking so long. He said he had delayed putting the pizza orders in because he saw several people still eating the appetizers. WHAAAAT?!!! Well, they were still eating the appetizers because they were hungry, waiting on the main course to arrive.
After we completed the pizza, it was about 15-20 minutes later before the desserts we had ordered with our main course appeared.
On the way out, I talked to another staff member to ask her how long does it typically take for a party of 20. She said usually two hours. We were leaving at 10:00 p.m., nearly three hours later!
The waiter was not apologetic, nor was anyone else for the what I feel was not very special service, particularly since we paid a hefty sum. We may as well could have been any other table there. I really was looking for a much different experience.
I will not nor will I recommend any small or large group for this restaurant again.
One thing I do like about this place is the concept. They offer pizzas that you can no longer associate with being Italian. Toppings you never expect to find on a pizza such as the London variety which consists of cumberland sausage, streaky bacon, chunks of roast potato with roasted cherry tomatoes and roasted field mushrooms = items of an English breakfast. The concept sounds good but sadly like most big chains, quality is missing.
The branch in Covent Garden was huge and completely filled on midweek evening around 7pm. Staff were efficient and friendly which was nice but sadly the food let us down.
We decided to start on drinks and a Tropical smoothie and Real choc chip smoothie was ordered. I really didn't feel this awesome choice could have let us know but it really did. The Tropical smoothie was so sour we had to ask the barman to add a couple spoonfuls of syrup in there to make it drinkable whilst my shake was so powdery I kept getting bits stuck in my teeth. Not a great start.
For the pizzas we decided to go deluxe and chose to have both pizzas on the thin & Crispy Base. It was £1.25 extra and was described to be larger, thinner and crispier base. Being new to this place we decided to stick with the customer favourites so we couldn't go wrong and with that in mind we ordered the New York and the Texas.
As cool as the New York pizza was described, toppings including streaky bacon, garlic and rosemary roast potatoes, caramelised onions, smoked paprika, sour cream and chives, it was bland. In fact there were like five of each item on that pizza and sparsely scattered. It looked like they had a large budget cut looking at previous pictures of the same pizza. Quantity wouldn't have been a problem if it didn't taste so dry. It was baked too long that the bacon harden, the cheese was completely glued to the pizza and became translucent and the tomato sauce was no longer apparent. We couldn't taste any garlic in there or any of the ingredients to be honest. Somehow all the flavours got lost somewhere.
Better was the Texas pizza which was thankfully flavoured and sweetened by the Barbecued rump steak and caramelised onions. It was also added moisture to the pizza itself with the steak being surprisingly tender and succulent and the onions nice and softened. This one was worth getting for the steak pieces as I was still very disappointed the base, tasteless and overdone. They could have been more generous with the cheese too.
We shared a side of polenta chips but sadly this was bland as well and had no essence of the rosemary or black pepper as described. We also thought it was wrongly paired with tomato salsa as it was impossible to dip the polenta in being watery and lumpy. If anything it needed something more thick, smooth and creamy, something that clings on to add taste.
The whole food experience was a let down with only the Texas pizza worth mentioning but purely for the steak itself rather than the pizza. The base itself was nothing special, crispy as described but bland and cannot compare to all those new pizza joints out there.
The pizza don't come cheap either, over £10 for most pizzas and with that price you can get a much better quality elsewhere, two awesome Bianca pizzettes from Da Polpo.
Sadly it's not a place I will be returning any time soon. In the area it's in it just feels like another tourist trap.
Didn't particular enjoy neither the pizza nor the starter nor the dessert (ice cream). We were a group of 10-15 people on a fixed menu, not sure if that's the same with a smaller crowd and more menu variation, though.
I've been here more than once and love this place. Offers amazing and strange pizza options (that work well). Yes, the service can be a bit slow at times, but there's no denying it - the pizza is gooood! Very Tasty
I came here for the birthday dinner of a friend and it was okay I guess. There were about 15 of us so we were on a table separate to the rest of the diners, which did ruin the atmosphere a lot - perhaps a regular night with just a few of us would be better. I ordered the mixed vegetarian starter board to share which was delicious, a great selection, a Caesar salad that I pushed around my plate (although my fault for ordering something as dull as a Caesar salad) and a delicious brownie with hot chocolate sauce for dessert. I'd like to come back and eat in the proper restaurant one day but to be honest it's not at the top of my list.
They have non-traditional pizzas with creative and inventive toppings. There's a great atmosphere with mood lighting and fun pop music. It is completely affordable.
So disappointing and I don't care what anybody says.
Came to meet up an acquaintance for dinner. Neither of us had ever been there before but heard mixed reviews and I had suggested it as a dining place. Boy, do I regret that decision. Hope that she doesn't hold my restaurant choice against me. Can we still be friends?
Fire & Stone is a standard pizza and pasta place. It was packed, so I thought it'd be great. If you're a vegetarian - we both were - there are enough choices for you to choose from. Are they good? Meh.
We both shared the zucchini fries. They came QUICKLY. Service here is fast. I drank a raspberry bellini, my pregnant dining companion opted for a sparkling water. We both also happened to want macaroni and cheese. Both of us being American, I think the bar is set pretty high for a good bowl of mac' and cheese. WOW - we were NOT pleased. Extremely plain, lacking any and all flavour. Nice crunch from the breadcrumbs and a good portion size but what a disappointment. Dessert was worse - we shared a waffle with ice cream but it arrived soggy as if it wasn't cooked completely. We grumbled through the ice cream but left most of it on the plate.
46 pounds for two people eating a crap meal? No, thanks! I'll save my pounds and pence for something better. Good thing Covent Garden has a lot to choose from if we're in the area looking for a bite to eat. Won't be back.
Nice place, and the pizza was pretty good. I agree with the reviewer who questioned the toppings on the NY pizza as it confused me too. Toppings were fresh and good, exterior crust was perfect but the rest of crust was too soft. Feel like they could crank their ovens a bit. Waiter was very nice to a solo diner
At first, this restaurant had everything we were looking for. The most AMAZING cocktails. Who would have thought lychees would have worked in a martini? But when it came time for the food, it started to go downhill. They got our order wrong and one of us was left waiting for food while the others ate. The pizza, while appearing from the menu to be authentic Italian, was instead more of a 'throw the contents of a roast dinner on to a pizza base' type and some of the sauces tasted like they were out of a jar.
If you're looking for a nice place to meet friends for a drink and some snacks, then this is a winner. If you want dinner though, try somewhere else.
im probably going to get lynched for this review, but this place is massively underwhelming. I really dont get why people still hype it up.
Maybe im being too much of a narrow-minded pizza puritan, but this place is an affront to the tradition of neapolitan pizza (and sucks balls compared to NY pie too). Baked bread, tomato, cheese and a whole mass of crap on top does not a pizza make. Good pizza should be simple.
Would only eat here if you paid me...and even then id do it somewhat begrudgingly.
Horrible service. We were told that we could only have our table for an hour. We didn't leave for two hours later because it took so long to get our meal. Our waiter was rude. Never got refills of water.
Food is average. Reminded me of Pizza Express.
I'm not convinced, mainly because not everything works on a pizza, such as their new yorker, it was a bit of a let down, and because the place was super noisy and super busy, there was some miscomunication and they got our order wrong. I opted for the mexico city and as much as I enjoyed it, their guac was a bit plasticky, and didn't seem homemade which I was disappointed by again.
You know what? Go for the cocktails, HELLO lychee martini! I'd go back JUST for the lychee martini. But food. ehhhhhh...
For my last night in London, I wanted to go to a place where my girfriends and I could chat over wine and have a great dinner, so when my friend suggested Fire and Stone I was like, 'eeeh, pizza?!' but I'm glad I surrendered.
The space is sleek and modern. Spotlighting is complexion friendly and wood accents are soothing. It's good we made a reservation because the place was packed with young 20 year olds getting off work.
The variety of pizzas are crazy! I had to get the London pizza - bacon, mozzarella, tomatoes, and black pudding! My girlfriends were a little grossed out I'd willingly put black pudding on my pizza but hey, if I'm not going to go extreme, I might as well get out. Delicious.
We talked for hours and luckily our waitress didn't kick us out (wasn't chipper we were there for so long either).
A group of about 20 sat down next to us. I was watching them, trying to see how their awkward, don't really know each other vibe would evolve after a few drinks. By the end, one of the guys came out of the bathroom in his socks and shorts, holding his pants in his hand. And then his friends proceeded to wax his legs tableside. Uhm.. whaa..?!?! Waiters were laughing along too so it was all cool, though kind of unsanitary...
A perfect spot for my farewell to the UK and my 100th review!
Stop this filth right now.
The top surface of my pizza isn't a love hotel set up to host filthy orgies for uninvited items to get together in big numbers and try out new positions!
Pizza toppings should be Catholic... two together is what God intends and none at all allows you to preach to the rest.
No amount of crispy base and wood-fired stone oven can get over the foodie fact that exotic toppings in large numbers completely ruin pizzas.
I'm sorry Fire and Stone, but your pizza is rank through and through. You only get some stars because you're big enough to host large groups.
Well done, you got stars for furniture arrangement.
Bloody fantastic - sorry Tom!
I am the toppings tart and the more the merrier in my opinion. I have been here several times and yes the service is slower than you'd sometime like on a lunch break (and they do fantastic lunch offers, check out their website!) but in the evening it's perfect. I went on a date here and totally enjoyed the relaxed vibe, the tasty brothers cider and the fun of choosing from their extensive menu.
If you are in Covent Garden, want to avoid the tourists and get a nice meal all at the same time - eat here!
If you don't like your pizza with all kinds of weirdness on it, then do not come here. Fire and Stone have a crazy pizza menu where they order the pizzas by continent. But not in a 'oh that makes sense' kind of way. Because I don't think many African pizzas would have feta on them.
I've been here twice, once for a work party and then with a friend and both times it has underwhelmed me. I don't know, it is just lacking that exciting element.
I agree with Tom E. the only benefit is it is big enough to host large groups but only because the place is huge. Good for birthday parties I guess.
My friend once saw a mouse run across the floor here... just saying. I'm giving it three stars because they have a good cocktail menu and the food is decent.
If you love pizza and you haven't yet been, get yourself over here for a meal right now!! 'Pizza with a twist' - Fire and Stone has the most crazy pizza-topping menu ever, divided by continents and named after different cities.
Why not try Texas from The Americas with rump steak and barbeque sauce, or perhaps Cairo from Africa which has, amongst other things, roasted peppers, goats cheese and pine nuts. My personal fave is Bombay which includes tandoori chicken, spiced yoghurt, mango chutney and cucumber.
The best thing to do is all get something different and share because I guarantee you won't be able to choose. There are salads and pasta dishes on the menu but I think you'd have to be mad not to have a pizza here - the choice is immense. One warning though - don't wear tight trousers lest your top button ping off and break a window! These pizzas are filling.
While the food here was great in terms of quality and selection - I was so thoroughly disappointed with the service.
We sat down and the waiter came by to take our drink orders... we didn't order any alcoholic beverages, and that's when the service went to hell. Seriously, our waiter asked WHY we weren't drinking... and then proceeded to roll his eyes! Then it took him FOREVER to come back to the table to take our order - and when our food came, he did not even come to see if we needed anything. I had to physically get up and ask someone else to bring me some chilli flakes! And when we didn't order desserts - well, that was it - we didn't get our bill, although we asked for it, until we got up and asked for it! Yah, there's "waiter service" at Fire and Stone, but I wouldn't hold my breath.
Well the best part of this place is the inner layout and the variety they have on their menu.
The bad part was their pizza. We ordered 3 different pizzas, the crust was over done for all of them. Weird thing was ... for neither of the pizzas the toppings were not cooked or even a bit roasted.
It seemed they cooked the crust, put the toppings an nuke it in the oven. Sorry .. this placed SUCKED !!!!!! Their service was polite but SUCKED too.
I went here after reading a positive review of this place written by Lizzie G. It was a lazy Saturday afternoon and I was in the mood for some pizza. The Covent Garden location was quite busy, even mid-afternoon on a Saturday, that was a good sign in my book. The space is open, with high ceilings, with an up-market feel to it.
The menu is a bit on the wacky side. The pizza menu is set up by regions of the world - I didn't know that Jakarta had it's own signature style of pizza (oy vey). Under "The Americas" section, there was the "New Yorker". The New Yorker aside from the crust, sauce and cheese, is loaded up with the following: "smoked bacon, garlic & rosemary roast potatoes, caramelized onion jam, topped with sour cream and smoked paprika". WTF? I have never seen any of that on a pizza in NYC.
Whatever, I just ordered a simple margarita pizza. The pizza was very good, I won't even pull some dumb, New Yorker pizza snobbery here. The crust was crunchy and chewy, with a nice bit of char, however the middle of the pizza was a bit spongy.
The service here was prompt and efficient and I walked away happy...works for me.
Ok, so I can kind of see where some people are coming from when it comes to pizza. Yes, sometimes simple is best, and Fire and Stone definitely don't do simple flavours. Ok, so at times the menu does seem like it's been concocted by someone who's a few sandwiches short of a picnic, but you can't fault it's ambiance and prices.
Another thing that Fire and Stone has going for it is that it somehow manages to deter the young mums and family crowd (thank-god!). This may be something to do with the fact that the seating is not suited to any form of family-dining. Score. Leave Pizza Express to the screaming kids. I'll take Fire and Stone any day for my quick pizza stop.
On my last visit I tried the Bavarian Pizza, German sausage with mustard, cabbage, sour cream and other weird things. It was tasty but there was way to much mustard. The Argentinian wine I had on the other hand (the cheapest on the menu) was actually bloody good. A very nice surprise indeed.
Fire and Stone, Pizza Express etc are never going to be 'must-go' destinations, but they do what they say on the tin. Therefore this Fire and Stone nestled in the heart of Covent Garden gets 3 stars from me. Bang.
Was out for dinner in Covent Garden last night, most places had a waiting time of 30 to 45 mins so my friend and i decided to wait for the 30 mins at the bar, half way through our first drink about 15 mins in we were shown to our table! excellent!
I ordered the Cairo pizza it had lovely grilled peppers, pine nuts, carmelised red onions with balsamic and goats cheese.
the base of the pizza i thought was slightly too spongey for me. Nonetheless it was an above average pizza.
the decor was great, literally we were commenting on the grand scale of everything in here, made you feel as small as an Ant! chomping on a big cheesy leaf and the long runway from the seating area like leaving a burrow! lol
the ceiling was akin to a multi-storey car park, you know the type that look like wash basins hanging upside down.
Definitely a cool place. The drinks are strong. The menu is inventive.The decor is industrial, cool, and laidback. The wine list of abhorrent, but this is a pizza restaurant, you shouldn't dwell.
You can create any pizza from any corner of the globe and have a good carbicide any way you order, so it's perfect for an informal friendly lunch or dinner - or solo if you just want to eat a hearty helping of feelings, not that I'd know.
Just don't expect to take a date here, and you'll be right on track.
Protip: try the Texan and Marrakesh pizzas, just not at the same time preferably.
Fire and Stone is a restaurant with a difference, on entering the restaurant you are faced with a gigantic pizza oven in the shape of a chimney and inside you can see the pizzas cooking!
The restaurant itself is pretty relaxing and a great place to come with friends or a date, they do great deals like 2 pizzas for £10 which is great. Their pizzas are pretty amazing, they have a great selection of pizzas from around the globe, I chose the Cairo African pizza which comprised of roasted red and yellow peppers, balsamic roasted red onions, Mozzarella, tomatoes sauce, crumbled goats cheese and pine nuts which was really delicious and my date got the Byron Bay Australia pizza which was made of basil pesto, mixed marinated mushrooms, mozzarella, garlic and rosemary roasted potatoes, sour cream, smoked paprika and caramelised onion jam which was pretty awesome too!
We got a bottle of Argentinian wine for £16 which was lovely.
Lol! This is a gimmick, but it's a good gimmick so if you care to read on, I'll explain.
They top pizzas with toppings 'themed' from the culinary styles of each and every continent in the world. Which is kind of cool. And indeed, I was having an argument with pizza traditionalists just yesterday, about how's there's only 4 genuine styles. All this stuffed crust nonsense is just derogatory. So I'm like, whatever, I'll eat whatever toppings I want on my pizza, in fact, like, pizza literally the dough base covered in tomato sauce is THE perfect vehicle for global culture's adventures in multiculturalism and experience the other.
So lets order the, 'Byron Bay' (Basil pesto, mixed marinated mushrooms, mozzarella, garlic & rosemary roasted potatoes, sour cream , smoked paprika & caramelized onion jam, thanks website!) and the 'Lombok' (so Garlic marinated prawns, Chinese Hoi Sin sauce, fire-roasted red peppers, sliced spring onions & mozzarella, drizzled with chilli oil) and all the pizza trappings. And be merry. They're really nice!
The place is really nice with a huge white ceramic fire chimney which starts in the basement and goes up through the building. And for dessert, they do half portions (which is just a lovely touch) and I had the chocolate mousse cups and they were exquisite. So, cleary, someone's sat down and had a meeting about this idea for a pizza restaurant where you do toppings from all over the world: and someone else bought into that.
But the reality is that they do fun pizzas that taste really good. Can you knock it that much?
First off, this place is a Tardis. It has quite a small frontage on Maiden Lane, but it sprawls back for quite some way, and cunningly manages to conceal an extra lower level.
The fact that Fire & Stone was almost completely full on a Monday evening is testament to the fact that yes, it does serve good food in a funky atmosphere -- smart decor, buzzy yet relaxed, and completely acceptable service. I had a "New York" pizza; while sour cream and diced rosemary potatoes on a pizza doesn't sound particularly stunning -- it actually works really well!
In a reverse from the usual trend, Fire and Stone managed to save my evening from the very poor company I was with... for this alone, it deserves 4* and a boatload of gratitude. I'm not sure if it really is the 7.5* rave that TopTable etc makes it out to be, but as a gourmet pizzeria, it definitely does the job!
Of all the food I love in the world, pizza makes it to the top of the list. So I do get a little critical when I pass judgment on a pizza. When I first walked in, I loved the decor and the open space. This place is great for large groups but book ahead of time.
Now I am the type that loves a place like this in concept. I normally like to get the most bizarre toppings and not afraid to try something different. I ordered the Bombay since I've been craving Indian food the past couple of days. It was - okay. I didn't like that they plopped all the chutney in the middle which made it a little different to eat. I thought the flavor was okay but felt that the ingredients weren't very fresh. I thought the chicken tasted like they yanked it out of the freezer, threw it on top of the pizza, and it was barely room temp. The crust... it was kind of like a thin toasted cracker. Reminded me of the pizza in Rome but maybe I should've gone with the other crust? I am thinking my pizza was a little overcooked, and then sat around and got cold, so perhaps it was an off day to go.
I think you can get much better pizza elsewhere in London but it's great if you want to mix things up a bit.
This place is a pizza and foodie's haven - you simply cannot go wrong with Fire and Stone!
The pizza and choices are extremely varied, divine and so so filling but you will not be disappointed in the slightest.
The pizza choices / toppings are like meals in itself and extensive to say the least! They take their inspiration from the five continents and I highly recommend the Marrakesh, Bombay, Jakarta, Peking and New York! I still need to try so many other of the delicious sounding pizzas and try to experience a different one each time! It's best to decide with your dining buddy which you both like the sound of and split your pizzas, that's if you can as some of them are so lovely you won't want to!
Warning: the cocktails are gorgeous too!
The guide for 2 stars is "Meh. I've experienced better" and this just about perfectly fits with my feeling on leaving Fire and Stone.
I'm sure I went there some years ago and it wasn't so bad but this time there weren't many redeeming features. Maybe I've become more discerning in the last few years?
A couple of things before I get to the food. The seating was pretty cozy - or for a 6 foot 2 guy very cramped. Our table for 8 required us to have 2 people sitting on one end of the table which when people on the side of the table moved up meant very little leg room. Also the wine (a Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon) that we had wasn't the best, although I managed to struggle through two glasses.
To the food. So the schtick at Fire and Stone seems to be Pizzas with unusual toppings. They break their menu up in to Continents where they have 5 or 6 different pizzas named after cities. Each one is basically a classic meal from that part of the world - but on a pizza. I suppose I can see what they are trying to do - reinvent the pizza - but I don't think it really works. Pizza is Italian and should stay that way.
To give you some examples there is a "London" that basically is a Full English breakfast on a pizza (minus the beans thankfully). There's one that is the extras you get with Nachos on a pizza and one that is basically a Tandoori chicken curry. Also you know that amazing Chinese Aromatic Crispy Duck you get in a Chinese restaurant with Hoi-Sin, spring onions and cucumber? They do that on a Pizza too.
Now I suppose some people might see this as fun or quirky. I don't. If I want pizza, I want good Italian pizza, not an unholy mix of a curry and a pizza.
But judging by the reviews here maybe that's just me. I wont be hurrying back.
Oh if you do find yourself here and want a pizza that tastes like a pizza go for the Florence.
Pretentious & totally overrated. Pizza has little or no taste, they don't know what crushed red pepper or garlic powder is or in the alternative, they don't have it. Why should you have to pay $1.25 MORE for a thinner crust? They are giving you the same amount of product just spreading it thinner. What a bogus Italian experience. The starters are very overpriced. $5.95 for fried calamari but all you get is 6 pieces of calamari (that was over fried) with a smidgen of mexican salsa not a marinara sauce. Roast chicken Ceasar salad was actually some shreds of boiled chicken and they wouldn't know what Ceasar dressing is, it was basically a blob of mayonaise. The lettuce was very good. Overall the meal was disappointing at best.
This two-level restaurant serves stone-baked pizza made in what is supposedly the largest wood-fired oven in the Northern hemisphere. They draw their inspiration from a wide variety of international cuisines, although I'm not sure how the "Casablanca," with wild mushrooms sautéed in garlic butter, blue cheese, mozzarella, and toasted walnuts on mascarpone cheese sauce, relates to Morocco, since I don't recall ever eating any of those ingredients there. And who ever went to New York City and ordered pizza with smoked bacon, rosemary roast potatoes, caramelized onions, and sour cream?
What counts is that all the ingredients are fresh and you could eat here numerous times without eating the same thing twice. Other options include two antipasti platters, one vegetarian and the other with assorted meats, both served with bread sticks; duck spring rolls served with a sweet chilli dipping sauce; and a seared fresh tuna salad with chilli-lime-soy dressing. It's not inexpensive, but at least you leave satisfied and feeling you got your money's worth.
Unusually large gourmet Pizza venue with a 3-story tall pizza oven. Still sometimes fills up and reservations are highly recomended. The booths look considerably more comfortable and the menu items have been considerably down-sized and the pizzas don't cover your plate like they used to.
For such a nice place I was surprised to see the dire state of the toilets.
For London the prices are good & the service is average.
I recommend this place if you want to try a different Pizza joint.
Fire & stone has to be one of my favourite finds - expect pizza unlike your boring pizza express & zizzi's. The menu is set out in different world zones, its like chosing a curry, chinese or roast dinner, except it is served on a pizza.
The imagintive toppings make this place interesting - my favourite is the New Yorker, with bacon, mini roast potatoes, caramilised jam and a big dollop of sour cream with paprika on top! Oh and the Strawberry & Pear Brothers Cider always goes down well too!
The most amazing part about the restaurant is the deals. If you head to this place at lunchtimes, or sunday lunch you can get a pizza or salad with drink (wine/beer or soft drink) for £6. There are not many places in central London that you can manage this for these days! Tucked away from Covent Garden it is nice to escape the hustle bustle, however this place does get busy! Now they have just opened in Westfield, im sure we can expect more openings, i just hope the quality and value for money remains intact.
I love Fire & Stone but it seems to be a bit of a marmite dish with my pizza loving friends. Medium bases and a large helping of strange toppings seems to make some quake in their boots.
My favourite is the Canberra - roast potatoes, sour cream, chicken and mushrooms. Sounds wrong, tastes right!
You almost always have to book to get a table and if you can try and get seated upstairs as the atmosphere is a little better. Staff can sometimes be a bit rubbish but that seems to have improved recently.
I enjoyed eating at Fire and Stone. The pizza selections were original and they weren't stingy on the ingredients.
I had the Peking pizza which I really enjoyed. The only thing I would have done to improve it was to add more hoisen sauce due to the crust being a thicker one.
Staff was friendly, not overly attentive and when we realized at our table that none of our salads had the french dressing it took some effort to get help but when we did it was fixed quickly.
I would go again and would recommend it!
Fire & Stone is perfect for pizza-with-a-difference. They have a huge range of pizza toppings that are both exciting and unique. The duck and spring onion is especially good, and if you're going veg, the Cairo cannot be beaten. Their house wine is also very passable.
Located just behind Covent Garden its also nice and central and good for a pit stop before a night out. Be warned though, the food is rich so try and make it an early dinner!
If you're judging Fire and Stone on food alone, it should get five starsprovided you like pizza. They take a tired classic and give it a gourmet twist, whacking all kinds of unusual international toppings onto a pizza base. I've been a few times because of its proximity to work, and even veggie friends and fussy eaters managed to find something to suit. From an Aussie pizza with sour cream, sweet chilli sauce, roast potato and chicken to a goats cheese and caramelised onion offering, there's something for everyone.
The restaurant decor is nothing to complain about, though it's a bit cramped and plasticy. Prices are fair with some good lunchtime offers and specials. However, as with all Covent Garden restaurants, it gets super busy and this is where things get interesting
Service seems to be a constant problem at this place judging by other reviews. When I've been with just one or two friends it's been slow but tolerable. In big groups, it's barely worth bothering. On a birthday night out we booked in advance for about 9 people. We were given a 'time slot' during which to eat our meal and got some VERY dirty looks when we continued to sit there past our kicking out time. We were only there because they'd not come to sort out the bill and process our card. Looking back I wish we'd just walked out.
Service charge is added to the bill by default, but of course you don't have to pay it if you don't want to. This particular night, we chose not to. The food may be good for the price but it's not outstanding - it's only pizza after all - and service with a smile costs nothing.
Visited here on Saturday afternoon. Considering the timing, the place wasn't over full, which is nice but we had pre-booked anyway as there was a group of us.
When you first walk in, you're greeted by the massive pizza oven, which is very impressive. The greeting was pleasant and we were shown straight to our table. Half of our party was quite late and there was no pressure to speed us up at anytime and they didn't hassle us for our order.
The food was lovely. I had the Acapulco Pizza, with ground beef, jalapenos, onion and a big dollop of sour cream and guacamole in the middle. Was delicious! Everyone else was happy with theirs too.
Overall, it was a friendly, relaxed place with nice choice (of pizza's), it catered for groups very well (one of our group was in a wheelchair, there was a lift) and the location is great
Good pizza (though small), decent prices, average service. They brought us our win bottle (ordered with the pizzas) until after we'd started digging into the pizzas. And they had to be reminded. Twice.
I loved the seats downstairs, as they're pi-shaped (that be greek pi, like a square missing one of its sides) and make for a lovely interaction around the table.
If you try to go on a Saturday night without having booked (not sure they take bookings, by the way) then expect to wait at least 45 minutes for a table.
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