Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Punk'snot Dead. as Long as You like Your Anarchy with a Slice of Pizza and a PS5 Pint

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Punk'snot Dead. as Long as You like Your Anarchy with a Slice of Pizza and a PS5 Pint

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Byline: HANNAH GRAHAM

THOSE craving pizza are hardly short of options in Newcastle.

But Pizza Punks say they're aiming to 'do something different'. The idea is a simple one: instead of choosing between pre-set topping combinations, you pick exactly what you want on your pizza for a fixed price.

Now, I'm not entirely convinced that this slightly unorthodox approach to an Italian staple entirely follows in the wild traditions of punk rock, but it's the food that matters.

So how was it? Pizza Punks has definitely got a distinct and specific vibe going on. The music is loud (very loud), the lighting is extremely neon, there's a stripped-back, industrial sort of look.

One of my dining companions pointed out it made him feel like he was hitting the diner after school in an American teen move, and I couldn't say he was wrong. It's the sort of thing that you'll either enjoy or you won't: personally I rather liked it, if you're in the mood for a fun, casual sort of night out it's ideal.

The service was absolutely lovely: our waiter Gemma was particularly chatty and helpful.

We start off with a few of the sides: a good chorizo lends an enjoyable smokiness to a creamy portion of mac and cheese; candied bacon is rich and salty-sweet; chilli cheese garlic bread was crisp and had a solid spicy kick. But the main event, and certainly the focus of the menu, is pizza.

Ordering is a huge part of the fun here. There's a hefty lift of options in the 'meat' 'veg' and 'rogue' sections (rogue really is quite rogue - nacho and lamb donner pizza, anyone?), and while your pizza staples (ham, anchovies, peppers) are there, the majority of options are a bit more unusual (haggis, spicy nduja sausage, black pudding, lemon and herb chicken). Designing your pizza is a laugh, and really engages you with the menu, whether you want to carefully design the perfect flavour palate, as one of my friends did, or bung all the weirdest things on the menu on one base, as another chose to do. …

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