December 7, 2018
The latest eatery to spring up on Newcastle’s Grey Street is Pizza Punks – an ‘anarchic’ pizzeria with sister venues in Glasgow and Belfast.
Inside you are greeted with an industrial setting of exposed brickwork and ducting, leather, metal and wood brightened up by a smattering of vivid, punk-inspired neon slogans adorning the walls.
Pizza Punks’ menu allows diners to build their own pizzas for the very reasonable £10, by picking a base, sauce, cheese and unlimited toppings
from a selection that includes all the regulars – pepperoni, ham, mushroom, onion, anchovies, olives – along with some unorthodox options such as veggie haggis, mac ‘n’ cheese, tortilla chips and Irn-Bru pulled pork.
There is also a selection of set pizzas, with quirky names such as Hot Punk, Fake Moos (vegan) and Messy Mexican, which sit alongside a variety of sides and dips.
My colleague and I were sat by the window
– great for people watching – and ordered two pizzas, two sides and a (token) buffalo mozzarella, basil and cherry tomato salad.
The Buffalo chicken wings, smothered in a wonderfully spicy sauce, were tempered by the creamy blue cheese dip, while – from the
Christmas specials – the sweet pigs in candied blankets went down a treat!
For our pizzas, I opted for the set Goats Cheese (tomato sauce with basil and garlic, goats cheese, spinach, caramelised red onion and balsamic reduction) while my colleague chose to build his own.
Encouraged by the manager, he went for
the sourdough base, red sauce (tomato, basil and garlic), mozzarella and scamorza (smoky mozzarella), anchovies, pepperoni, mushrooms, Newcastle ale beef brisket, basil and chilli flakes!
Both pizzas, prepared in the open kitchen, arrived swiftly and while I wouldn’t describe them as ‘artisan’, the ingredients were fresh and of good quality and the result was unashamedly comforting.
We decided to end our meal with something sweet and tackled the chocolate brownie Freakshake – a celebration of milk, chocolate and cream.
Now, don’t be mistaken – going to a chain pizzeria in the centre of Newcastle’s main thoroughfare is about as punk as a nan shopping in Marks and Spencer – but leaving the appropriated anarchy aside, it’s difficult to have too many complaints about Pizza Punks.
The staff are friendly, the food arrives promptly, the atmosphere is fun, and it’s the ideal spot for
a celebratory lunch or informal meeting with colleagues.