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…
…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