My eyes are opened nearly every time I go into Newcastle’s Town centre. Normally for good reasons. We’d headed into Eldon Square to get some new glasses. Don’t worry I did go to Spec Savers. Although I was surprised to see that Vision Express is next door with an almost identical glass shop front. Are they hoping for a little bit of vision impaired customer swapping?
Anyway after my appointment Cat suggested we had a quick look around the Greys Quarter. My eyes were opened! Who knew that there was a new section of eateries inside Eldon Square? Not me! The “Greys Quarter” has lots of options to choose from and I’m now looking forward to trying a few out. Cat had cooked a Shepherds Pie for dinner so we really couldn’t go out for a meal…
Did someone say Pizza? OK maybe we could have a slice or two before our evening meal. Again my eyes were opened.
Cat: Have you not heard about this place. It’s got cooked to order pizza in 180 seconds!
Pizza in a minute! We just had to try it out. We chose to have one pizza to share as we were heading home for dinner. As usual the children lead the way with the choice of toppings, as we’ll eat almost anything, but the kids would twist.
Craft Your Own Pizza
The set up is a cross between subway and a “conveyor belt”, although there is no rubber belt-age involved. The Dough is squeezed into a base with a special press. The pizza base that comes out has a small lip on the edged.
Next you start to move along the toppings options. Sauce and Cheeses. We opted for the standard tomato base with a sprinkling of Mozzarella. Mozzarella is the king of all cheeses (in my mind), the texture and stringiness gives it the crown.
Cat jumped in on the next topping section with a request for sweetcorn.
The next section had Jalepenos, mushrooms, garlic and eggs. Imogen chose Pineapple. I could see where this pizza was heading… the meat options.
Abigail requested the Ham and before we knew it the toppings were complete for our Hawaiian pizza with sweetcorn. There isn’t a limit on the amount of toppings you choose, but I had had it on good authority from a pizza man I know, that 3 or 4 toppings gives you a crispy pizza. So that is where we left it.
We paid for our pizza (and refill drink), and it was placed into the oven.
I went to get a seat and find a table. By the time Catherine had filled up the drink and sat down, she thought she’d heard our pizza was done. So I went to hover around the counter and it was. The pizza must have been cooked in the 3 minute promise!
The Pizza Judges
The Hawaiian was sliced into 8. The kids battled over which slice they wanted. Imogen loves Pineapple, Abigail doesn’t. We were ready for what ever was left.
I can honestly say that I felt it was one of the best pizzas I have had. With a very thin and crispy base it was evenly cooked. The tomato sauce hadn’t caused the base to be soggy. The Mozzarella had turned stringy enough to keep its crown.
My eyes were opened for the third time since the ophthalmic appraisal. As their slogan says “Your Pizza Fast”. It certainly was.
Visit www.pizzastorm.pizza for more details.
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