In preparation for National Pizza Day, we were invited to one of Marco Pierre White’s newer restaurants, Bardolino in The Cube, Birmingham. Brindley Place, The Mailbox and The Cube offer a dazzling array of excellent chain and independent restaurants, but there has always been a lack of high quality, authentic Italian eateries.
Step forward Bardolino! From a delicious range of super food salads, to rich al forno pasta, and signature, super thin pizzas, Bardolino offers a fantastic experience that caters to all tastes. Along with Italian style brunch (served from 11am-5pm) and some specialist bellini and espresso offerings, Bardolino sets itself apart from other high street pizza restaurants.
However, on our visit to Bardolino, we stepped up to the challenge of creating our own pizzas. Kitted out in striped aprons and chef hats – complete with appropriate Italian/ninja turtle nicknames – we started work. Chris, one of the Bardolino pizza chefs, showed us how to shape our pizza dough. First, we gently press the ball of dough outwards, trying not to squash the centre, before stretching it between our hands to create a flat circle. Next, inhibitions literally thrown aside, we tossed the dough into the air to create the classic thin pizza base.
Now for the fun of the toppings; we selected our individual pizza flavourings from the astonishing range of ingredients before us. Cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, a variety of cured meats and of course bucketloads of cheese, the choice was staggering. Once we were satisfied with the effect, our pizzas were whisked away to the oven for a quick 4 minute bake.
My pizza was a combination of bresaola, bolognese, spicy chilli and basil. Michael chose a generous helping of salami and thyme, topped with a delicious egg. Both pizzas were delicious, and the star of the show was the thin pizza base, with gorgeously crispy crusts.
Sipping on prosecco and San Pellegrino, we enjoyed munching our pizza in the beautiful surroundings of Bardolino. With the view of streetlights reflected in the canal outside, we could almost have been in Venice!
I will certainly be returning to Bardolino very soon; if our amateur pizzas were that good, I can’t wait to try one created by a professional. Bardolino have recently introduced a new menu and, with pizzas starting from £8.95 and brunch from £4.75, it’s a great value option for a delicious Italian experience. There’s even a new Bardolino burger with fresh pancetta! On Valentine’s Day, Bardolino will be celebrating with cheesy heart shaped pizzas – sounds perfect to me.
I was invited to a complimentary pizza workshop at Bardolino, but as always all thoughts of heavenly pizza are my own honest view.