Pizza isn’t hard to come by in this town, and so news of a new pizza joint doesn’t always generate as much excitement as it should, when we have so many goodies to choose from.
However, whereas many of those places specialise in particular styles such as sourdough, Taste of Napoli is here to show us what true Neopolitan fare tastes like, and put a big grin on your face while they’re doing it.
The cafe occupies a small spot at the end of the arcade in Broadmead, opposite Primark & Debenhams. It’s spread across 2 floors, with the bottom floor mainly consisting of a very appetising display of food and small standing tables, and upstairs given over to a decent amount of further seating.
Depending on the time of day you go, there will be a big selection of snacks to choose from. In the mornings there are freshly made cakes, pastries and other traditional breakfast sweets, before the menu is given over to pizza, arancini and hefty Italian sandwiches at lunchtime and in the evenings.
My first visit was to try the pizza – I’d been hearing good things from various friends so made the trip across town during my lunch break. My friend and I opted for slices of 3 different special pizzas (these change daily): a carbonara (bechamel, ham and grated courgette), blue cheese, salami & courgette, and one with potatoes & sausage.
Accidentally we’d gone for 3 bianca pizzas, ie. they didn’t have tomato sauce. However there is always a Margherita on offer for those of you who want to stick closer to what you’re already familiar with.
My favourite was the blue cheese pizza – it was piled high with toppings, full of flavour and even after eating that and half a slice of the carbonara pizza I didn’t feel uncomfortably full. The bases are a bit different to many of the other pizzas in town, in that they’re a bit thicker and fluffier, with a crispy base.
My friend particularly liked the potato and sausage pizza – a bit of an odd one as the thinly sliced potato had gone crispy on top like crisps, but he said it worked well.
A large proportion of the menu is vegetarian or vegan, and the team were really helpfully in advising us on the toppings and ingredients for everything at the counter should you want to know more.
As you’d expect, they also do a fine line in pretty potent coffee, Italian soft drinks and specialist beers including Ichnusa from Sardinia, as well as the more well-known Moretti and Peroni (£3 per bottle). Wines, Prosecco and Italian liquers are also available.
Taste of Napoli is a great homely addition to the city centre, with filling & tasty food to boot. Pop in for a breakfast or lunchtime snack, or meet the team over an Aperol Spritz at their AperiSunday events throughout the month.