Get your pizza fix at Gizzi Erskine & Professor Green’s new Shoreditch pop-up
After the success of their weekly lockdown Instagram mini-series ‘Giz & Green’s Monday Night Fakeaway’, musician Professor Green and chef Gizzi Erskine are moving their cooking sessions ‘offline’ by taking over Old Street’s popular Italian-inspired restaurant, Passo, for the summer.
A number of us were left stranded abroad during lockdown, with Green himself included – getting ‘stuck’ in Tangiers, Morocco. To help keep sane in isolation, Green was taught how to make his favourite takeaways in isolation by Gizzi, making a number of post-night out staples including doner kebabs and sweet’n’sour chicken via the ‘gram.
Now that measures have started to lift (and planes can take off again) the two best friends have decided to turn the most successful dish of the series (their take on the Anglo-American deep-dish stuffed crust pizza) into a pop-up concept in London’s Old Street.
Collaborating with Passo and open for business from Friday 17th July, Giz & Green’s mission is to encourage customers back to local businesses.
Highlights from the pizza-packed menu include a range of classics 0 think Hawaiian, Pepperoni and Veggie ‘stuffed crust’. For something more contemporary, the duo have also joined up with TABASCO® for the Chicken BBQ stuffed crust pizza which includes TABASCO® Chipotle Sauce. The pizza dough itself is made from the highest quality white rye sourdough, sourced from local bakery heroes Breadstation.
Keeping things local, ‘Dalston’s Soda Co. Cola, Lemonade, Cherryade and Ginger Beer will be available for sipping among other locally produced drinks. Dine in (for both bookings and walk-ins), or try it take-out and delivery style.
Professor Green says “Learning to cook these ‘Fakeaway’ recipes was a Godsend and a real laugh during lockdown in Morocco. It’s been so cool seeing the amazing response and it feels great to be able give back, especially considering I grew up in East London.
These pizzas are some of the best I’ve tried. London is flooded with the Naples style pizza, and we want to reset the benchmark for the old school 90s delivery pizza that we all grew up loving.”
Erskine commented: “The hospitality industry has taken a devastating hit through lockdown, and whilst the delivery sector has done its best to adapt, the supply chain is still really struggling.
We are hoping to give an opportunity to local chefs and producers to get back to work. Stephen and I have been good friends for years, enjoy the same kind of food and cooking, and are really happy to finally be partnering up.”
Erskine’s head chef, Phil Smith, from restaurants such as Bibendum and Mare Street Market will be taking the reins as the executive chef with operations run by the owner of Passo, Jonny Boud.
Jonny says “Gizzi and I have been friends for a while, I’ve always been a fan of what she does and what she stands for; her passion, her work ethic, her sustainability stance and her dedication to exceptional quality food.
We share a love of great pizza so this seemed like the perfect collaboration to re-open the Passo doors with. We have some other exciting projects in the pipeline, too.”
Make it happen
When: Open now.
Where: Passo Shoreditch 80 City Road London EC1Y 2BJ
How: Visit passorestaurant.com for more.