At the beginning of the month I was invited to create my own pizza at Bardolino in Birmingham. Being a huge pizza lover, I jumped at the chance because who is really gonna say no to creating their own pizza? Especially when your I MUST GET INTO THIS WEDDING DRESS diet does not allow for pizza, sob.
I also had never been to Bardolino’s. They describe themselves as the casual restaurant in the Cube, near Birmingham’s Mailbox area. It overlooks the canal, and you could easily spend an afternoon there in the summer drinking wine and nibbling tapas. Bardolino’s is part of Marco Pierre White chain and I’m gonna confess, I’d never actually had eaten in any of his restaurants before this. I was pretty much going in blind to Marco’s world of restaurants.
The evening started with a cheeky bottle of Peroni, which went down a treat after having to rush for a train, and then being throw straight into the pizza making. The head chef, Chris, talked us through how to create our pizza. Our platforms included our dough covered in semolina to create the pizza base and a table full of ingredients. None of the crap ingredients either (I’m looking at you pineapple) but ALL THE MEATS. They had spinach, eggs and even bolognese, if that’s up your street.
How did I get on pizza making? It’s not my hidden talent unfortunately but, in my opinion, I did pretty well. It’s harder than it looks; especially when it comes down the stretching the dough and trying to make the perfect base. My tactic was to try and make it as big as I possibly could. Bigger the base, more pizza, right? I opted for an all the meats, spinach and cheese feast with a touch of chili. I love Italian meats; pepperoni, salami, parma ham – the lot. So, on a pizza covered in mushrooms cheese and spinach was up my street.
The pizza was delicious and would say it’s worth the price tag. I can’t comment on the rest of the menu. But, I can say that Bardolino’s have launched a new menu and it’s looks delicious. It even has bottomless brunch. BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH WITH BELLINIS. Basically, the closest any of us are going to get to being Blair Waldorf in Birmingham.
*Thank you Bardolinos and Rewind PR for inviting me. I was given the food for review purposes. All opinions are my own.