Following the success of the weekly lockdown Instagram mini-series ‘Giz & Green’s Monday Night Fakeaway’, where musician and documentary maker Professor Green was taught how to make his favourite takeaways in isolation by chef Gizzi Erskine, Giz & Green will now enjoy a life ‘offline’ taking over Old Street’s popular Italian-inspired restaurant,Passo, over the summer.

The two 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’sOld Street at the Italian restaurant Passo, opening Friday 17th July. The aim is to help encourage people back to local businesses and its supply chains, with a ‘back-to-work’ scheme.

Highlights of the menu include the classic Hawaiian, Pepperoni and Veggie stuffed crust, with the pair collaborating with TABASCO for the Chicken BBQ stuffed crust pizzawhich includes the TABASCO Chipotle Sauce. All of the ingredients used are fresh and local as well as Dalston’s Cola/Lemonade/Cherryade/Ginger Beer’ will be available among other locally produced drinks. The menu will be available to eat in (bookings and walk-ins), takeout and delivery.

Erskine says “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 Marketwill be taking the reins as the executive chef with operations run by the owner of Passo, Jonny Boud.

Passo Shoreditch’s opening hours are as follows: Monday-Friday – 12-3pm / 5-10pm Saturday – 12-4pm / 7pm-11pm Sunday – Closed. For bookings call 0203 883 9377 or email: info@passorestaurant.com