“ 1 Rufus Street N1. Tel:+44(0)20 7613 0598. Bar/restaurant next White Cube2. Mon- Fri, 12noon - 3pm, 6pm - 11pm; Sat, 7pm - 11pm. „
Terrible terrible terrible! soggy pizza with hardly any toppings and slow service. Possibly the worst pizza I've ever had...avoid like the plague! Max
Hoxton Furnace is just a short walk from the Old Street Tube. Head to the Lux cinema, and with the cinema in from of you turn left, then left again, the Furnace is in a side street on your left, just past Sh! The Furnace is at its best as a neighbourhood pizzeria. It offers some of the best pizza I've eaten in London. Paper thin fresh bases are topped with simple, but effective toppings, like sun dried tomatoes and goat cheese, or spinach and pine nuts. Despite being great quality and superbly tasty, the prices are comparable to what you'd pay for a take away grease fest, most of which winds up in the bin. You also get the added benefit of a healthier meal, freshly prepared. The restaurant also offers a range of fresh pasta dishes including a couple of daily specials, and whilst these did look good, most people seemed to opt for the pizza. Each pizza at around £6-8 is just a little too big for one greedy person, and it is great to order a selction and swap around. Staff are happy to box the left overs to go, so you can indulge in a late night pizza supper, which will no doubt keep you awake! Salads are a little on the expensive side ranging from £4-6, and so it may be wise to split one between two. I found the ingredients to be fresh and tasty, but they were a little over dressed (not an accusation that is levelled at me very often). The restaurant itself is large and fairly minimalist, with an Italian feel. Decorated in pine, the seating is arranged diner like in a Conran style, which does leave you feeling a little crowded, but if you eat early eveing, or midweek, it is still quiet. Sadly the neighbourhood means that your fellow diners tend to talk about nothing but the property market, and attempt to calculate how much their broom cupboard has gained in value during their meal. Loudly commenting that 'Old Street is so over' is likely to get you lynched. There is a reasonable wine li
st, with plenty of Italian options, but I felt like it was more of a beer place, as the food arives quickly, and its not a lingering type of restaurant. The staff are very friendly and attentive, if a little haphazard and forgetful, but as they argue loudly in Italian in the background for your entertainment, their dizzyness is forgiveable. If you live, work, or are staying within a half hour walk of the Hoxton Furnace, do stop by, I'm sure it could become your favourite neighbourhood eaterie.