Marylebone has become one of the food hotbeds in London as of late and Firebrand Pizza has recently joined the movement. Based just a few minutes walk from the tube and train station, on Lisson Grove.
As you enter the restaurant you see the large wood fire oven and you are greeted by the friendly kitchen and waiting staff. We were taken to the main dining area and given the menu. The decor inside is well put together, smaller tables and two booths, with lights either side so not overly bright, nor too dark and Italian art on the walls.
Now to the food. There were a number of antipasti options and as we were having a pizza each we decided to share a starter. We chose the lighter option of Parma ham, peach, rocket and buffalo mozzarella. When we visited however they had no peach and so had replaced it with pear, which I was actually more than happy with as I am not much of a peach fan. It was a delicate change, the pear matched perfectly with the creamy and soft buffalo mozzarella and peppery rocket, I’ll have to try recreating this combination at home. The dish was lightly drizzled with olive oil and was a very good and light start to our meal.
For mains we both opted for the pizza, but there is a number of non pizza options including Trofie pasta and Chef’s special ravioli. Paula went for the buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomato, rocket and parmesan pizza. Paula’s pizza was large and was a white base (without tomato sauce), the sourdough base was slightly crispy, the toppings were a nice blend of light and harder cheese with the mozzarella and parmesan complimenting the cherry tomatoes and rocket. The pizza was quite cheesy as you would expect so depending on your preference you might want to add some oil.
I chose the spicy salami, roasted peppers, rocket, mozzarella and tomato pizza. My pizza had a good mix of slightly spiced salami with the sweeter taste of roasted peppers, the rocket added a good bite of peppery taste and complimented the melted mozzarella cheese. I added chilli oil to mine to give it some more kick as the spicy salami wasn’t too hot and should not put off the non-spicy fan if you like the sound of this pizza. The pizzas are very large and we both struggled to come close to finishing them, a couple could easily share a pizza and go for a selection of other smaller dishes.
We both had a couple of glasses of wine, in true LDN Diaries style we chose our signature, Sauvignon Blanc and Malbec. Both went well with our respective pizzas, especially my Malbec with the spicy chilli oil and one thing I noticed was that the wine per glass was very reasonably priced, from £5.
Although we were both stuffed, Paula and I decided we had to try out the desserts. The Italian gelato’s change regularly so definitely ask for their extensive list.
I ordered the salted caramel cheesecake, it comes served in a large glass container and there was a good layer of salted caramel at the top, served on top of a large layer of cream cheese and the base was a buttery biscuit base. The cheesecake was nice and rich but not over-powering, again I struggled to finish the dessert but was a good non-baked cheesecake which often is not my go to choice of dessert.
Paula decided on the Italian classic Tortino al Cioccolato, a chocolate cake that has a soft middle of oozing chocolate, the cake is served with your choice of gelato and Paula went for the pistachio nut, which surprisingly went very well. Definitely one for the chocolate dessert lovers.
Firebrand Pizza opened in August and is a bit of a hidden gem in Marylebone, but I’m sure it won’t be for long. Make sure to visit hungry.
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