Pizza Making at Bardolino Birmingham #BardolinDOUGH

I’m not sure where the trend of ‘every-food-on-earth-must-have-a-dedicated-day’ started, but I’m certainly not one to complain about being given an excuse to eat.

February 9th is apparently National Pizza Day, so to celebrate Bardolino Birmingham invited a group of bloggers to try our hands at pizza making. Bardolino is Marco Pierre White’s latest offering in the city and is described as an “ultra-casual” Pizzeria, Bellini and Espresso Bar.

I have to admit that I did find the restaurant a little bit hard to find – the entrance isn’t completely obvious – but once in I was warmly welcomed with a glass of prosecco, apron and chefs hat.

Luckily we had an expert on hand to give us some guidance on how to stretch the pizza dough out to create the perfect circle. It’s way harder than it looks – apparently you need to treat it like an egg and not touch the ‘yolk’…

Once we’d stretched it out as much as we could, we got to the fun bit – tossing the pizza! It’s safe to say none of us quite looked like this…

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…but our pizzas did get a little bigger (and bigger pizza = more space for toppings right?!) so I’m calling it a success.

Bardolino had laid the table full of fresh ingredients (no chicken though – the Italians don’t approve) so that we could all create our perfect pizza. Interestingly, they don’t use chopped tomatoes for their sauce. They actually take fresh tomatoes, roast them, and use them to make the sauce. As you can imagine it’s pretty damn tasty.

So – toppings? I’m not gonna lie, I went in fully intending to create a sophisticated pizza with a perfect balance of flavours…but then I saw – and tried – all the delicious toppings and ended up with a Buddha-style (“one with everything”) pizza. It looked like it had been made by a small child but I have no regrets; it tasted great. My favourite topping was the Bresaola, followed by the beef ragu which I could easily have eaten an entire bowl of.

I was impressed with the pizzas at Bardolino, and can imagine them being even better when made by a professional. They don’t currently run the pizza making as a regular event, but judging by the number of questions I’ve received about it maybe they should start!

I had a great evening thanks to Bardolino Birmingham and Rewired PR, and the event was complimentary. As usual only my honest opinions are expressed above. 

Bardolino Birmingham is located on the 2nd floor of The Cube, Mailbox District, Birmingham, B1 1RN. WEBSITE

A Valentine’s Gift Guide for the Brummie Foodie in your life

Basically, just buy these things for me.

It’s Valentine’s Day next week and, love it or hate it, it’s pretty much unavoidable. So skip the cringey roses and teddies and get your other half something they’ll actually enjoy (food) whilst supporting local Brummie businesses – Clinton’s make enough bloody money.

My boyfriend once bought me a Rooster House for Valentine’s Day (a number 2 meal for me please..) but if your date has slightly higher expectations/standards than I do, these gifts will definitely get you in the good books.

If you’re feeling sweet…

Chocolate from The Chocolate Quarter, from £5 to £65

If  you’re going to go for traditional chocolates, you need to buy the best. The Chocolate Quarter have created a wide variety of cocoa-based gifts to suit any budget and they taste SERIOUSLY good. Browse their selection in their Jewellery Quarter shop, or online here.

Heart shaped macaroons from Miss Macaroon, £15 for a box

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Miss Macaroon have given their macaroons a cute Valentine’s Day twist with these heart shaped macaroons. Okay, they’re a little bit cheesy but who could resist a delicious box of macaroons?

If you want to spice things up…

Pip’s Hot Sauce, from £3.50

If your ideal Valentine’s Day is hot and saucy, this is the perfect gift for you. Available in a range of flavours, you can get your hands on this small batch hot sauce at a wide range of Birmingham venues including The Eight Foot Grocer, The Plough and Peel and Stone.

If you’re drunk on love…

Beers from The Indian Brewery, various prices

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There are loads of amazing breweries in Birmingham – Indian Brewery is just one of them, so why not get your other half a selection of Brummie beers for Valentine’s Day? Guaranteed to be 100% more romantic than grabbing a bottle of Tesco prosecco.

If you’ve been up all night…

Coffee beans from Quarter Horse Coffee, from £6.50

The intense love I feel for anyone who brings me a cup of coffee in bed is pretty unbeatable. Gift your lover a bag of Quarter Horse coffee, and if they really love you they might get out of bed and make you a cup.

Quarter Horse also do a range of mugs, keep cups and other coffee paraphernalia for serious coffee fans.  Buy in store or online here.

If you’re feeling cheesy…

Just buy them some cheese. Like seriously, who wouldn’t want cheese for Valentine’s Day? Cheese is the best.

And finally, if you want the gift that keeps on giving…

Independent Birmingham card, £15 (or 2 for £20)

For only £15, this card will give you a whole year of discounts on the best independent restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs in Brum – what a great way to spread the love. And even if you don’t believe in Valentine’s Day, just think of all the money you’ll save on dates…