Al fresco dining at its finest, Pop Brixton is one of those great spots that was literally built to accommodate the kind of outdoor eateries we are currently relying on. Covered seating with winding passageways of traders cooking up a storm. We were there to try Pop Brixton’s social enterprise, Share a Slice. The name is an interesting one with a beautiful story; looking to combat hunger, a major symptom of homelessness and the growing poverty population in London. Operating on a one for one model, for every Pizza brought by the customer they make and donate one to those in need via their weekly food drives and charity partners. By simply buying your lunch or dinner from Share A Slice you are helping feed someone else with a meal of their own, at no extra cost.
The operating model was enough to hook as in, but we also heard they serve up not to be missed Italian style pizzas, so we were doubly keen to give it a go. We were instantly greeted with such hospitality, given a little tour of Pop Brixton and an explanation before being seated at a 2 person bench next to their outlet. Opting for a couple of beers whilst we made our choices, I was happy to see they stocked Peroni Red which is the Peroni they serve in Italy. Nibbling on big juicy nocellara olives from Sicily and burrata pugliese, (burrata produced manually by filling its outer shell with a creamy mix of mozzarella and cream) the appetiser felt beautifully decadent.
These guys obviously know their Italian food so we requested whatever they suggested; one meaty and one veggie pizza. Whilst we waited for our cheesy garlic bread and dip, which it turns out is an actual pizza in itself, founders Raj and Sandeep filled us in on the concept and story behind the initiative. The dynamic duo set up the philanthropic pizzeria following a conversation with a homeless man outside Old Street which highlighted the need for more sources of warm food for the community. This inspired their one for one model, donating one of their mouth-watering pizzas for each one purchased at either of their locations. Since opening in 2019 Share A Slice have donated 10,650 pizzas to various different charities.
Hearts warmed we were ready to dig into the main attraction, authentic Neapolitan pizza. Whilst my friend chowed down on a creative pumpkin base and sausage pizza, I filled up on a glorious Fungi Pizza Bianca; Truffle oil, fior di latte, and sautéed portobello mushrooms. By this point I have to say we were completely stuffed from our cheesy garlic bread but somehow found space, it was too good not too. A fresh chewy base topped with an abundance of what were obviously high-quality ingredients. Truffle can be a difficult one as it is such a strong flavour, but the balance was perfect, giving the wholesome slice a tangy finish. Finished off with meaty slices of portobello mushrooms, this pizza was a shroom lover’s dream. We left clutching precious boxes of our left-over pizza’s in hand, determined not to waste a bite.
An absolute Brixton gem, they guys have it all. Delicious food, sparkling hospitality and a hugely worthwhile cause. If you are ever in the area, I strongly suggest giving them a try, you’ll leave with your belly and hearts full.
Address: S29 Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, Brixton, London, SW9 8PQ
Written by Jordan Crowley