Unlock mixes Napoli-style pizzas and art in Hackney Wick


Hackney's getting a new pizzeria and it's from two Napoli-born siblings, so we should be getting something pretty authentic with this opening. 

Unlock comes from Arianna and Giovanni Izzo. Arianna is the chef, who previously worked as a pastry chef at Tarallificio Leopoldo in Naples, and she's joined by her brother Giovanni. 

Pizzas are the main event here, made from traditional 30-hour fermented dough, and split into classic and artisanal pizzas. So while the classic pizzas feature a Margherita DOP topped with Fior di latte, pacchetelle and fresh basil, the artisanal pizzas feature the following:

  • Truffle cream, mortadella DOP, burrata from Andria, hazelnut crumbs, and fresh basil.
  • Gorgonzola lombardo, provola d'Agerola, Parmigiano Reggiano, crocchè, shaved truffle, black pepper, and rosemary
  • Aubergine cream with nduja calabrese, provola d'Agerola, fried basil and pacchetelle tomatoes

There are more dishes on the menu like meatballs with fries and cheddar sauce, and they'll also have a special set menu which pairs slices of the artisanal pizzas with cocktails. Speaking of cocktails, there will be a separate bar, seating around 18, with cocktails like a twist on the classic Aperol featuring white vermouth, honey and grapefruit juice. 

And there's more to the space than the food, as the restaurant will be showcasing art from both Italian and local Hackney artists, with the featured artwork changing every two months. That's all against the backdrop of an eclectic design using furniture from the 60s and 70s with no two chairs or tables alike. They'll also have two semi-private dining rooms and towards the summer months will have a terrace overlooking the canal.


More about Unlock

Where is it? 1 Monkwood Way, London E3 2EG

When does it open? 18 March 2023

Find out more: Follow them on Instagram @unlock_pizza.


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