This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 15/09/2017.
The new Italian restaurant where you can buy a pizza for less than £4
An Italian restaurant has opened in Croydon serving wood-fired pizzas for less than £4.
At Pizza Unions, which is on Purley Way among a parade of shops on the corner with Denning Avenue, you can buy a 12-inch margherita pizza to eat in or collect and take home for just £3.95.
One of its highest priced pizzas to eat in or take away is the seafood torino pizza with tomato sauce, fresh fior di latte cheese with tuna, king prawns, onions and sweetcorn but that is still only £6.50.
Meat Treat fans can also indulge for £6.50, whether eating in or collecting.
There are lots of choices for vegetarians on the menu too – how about vegetarian picante pizza with tomato sauce, fresh fior di latte cheese, roasted mushrooms, green chillies, onions and red pepper?
Or florentina pizza with tomato sauce and fresh fior di latte cheese with fresh spinach, fresh eggs, parmesan and olives?
You can also have your pizzas delivered although the prices for delivered food are a bit higher, starting from £5.95 and going up to £10. You need to spend at least £12 for delivery.
Calzones – folded pizzas – start at about £6.50 to eat in or collect and from £8.50 for deliveries.
Of course, there are pasta dishes on the menu, with classic bolognese, carbonara, spicy arrabiata and simple tomato pomodoro.
And you can always get these delivered too, as well as starters, salads and even a bottle of wine.
Starters include olives, garlic bread, calamari and chicken wings.
Pizza Unions is owned by Saad Alkadri who opened the restaurant in July.
The pizzas are made using sourdough and, good ingredients, said Saad, before being cooked in a wood-fired oven.
“This way with wood fire tastes better,” said Saad. “Plus we do a really competitive price on eating in and taking out.”
Saad used to run Tigrus Restaurant on the premises, serving food mainly from the Middle East to eat in or take away.
Before then his business in the building was The Village Market, a mini market, from 2011 to 2013.
Saad decided to change to an Italian restaurant because he believed it would appeal to all tastes.
Saad said: “All the customers that come to the restaurant are very happy about the quality and the taste and the price.
“We are doing our best to provide the quality and the price.”
Suzanne Asher, a director at Asher, which oversaw the licensing application for the sale of alcohol at the business, said: “Looking at the parade and area and how it’s changed in recent years, it’s definitely becoming more of a place to sit and eat.”