Home Town – Craft Dough

Pizza by the meter, buckets of beer and the garlic bread dreams are made of

We visited the restaurant on a Tuesday lunch time, around 1pm. There were a few tables of mixed groups sat eating and drinking when we arrived and the hum of atmosphere and background music. The decor is industrial chic, with a variety of levels and seating options, leather plush booths with higher tables or ground level bigger tables. Lots of rustic wood and metal, with local-artist quirky graffiti art and metal bar signage throughout, a well-stocked bar and drinks menu boasting the usual, with specialised spirits, beers, ales, IPA’s and cocktails. The menu is more extensive than originally expected and I had the privilege of speaking to the chef who advised me that the products for the pizza’s are locally sourced, with some being imported, the yeast was left to ferment for months (a very rare method, which makes for the delightful crisp but airy base) and all of the bases are freshly made and hand pulled, which again, is a rarity for most restaurants, including my favourite fast-food pizza chain, I was sad to find out, but I’m not one for name dropping!

The venue had extensive deals stretching throughout the week, with all you can eat pizza Tuesday and Thursday. Beers at 5 bottles for £10 and the staff were all very friendly and willing to accommodate! The lady who served me was able to recommend a lovely citrus note German light lager that I hadn’t tried before, the winning fact that it was served in a stein. Three cheers for authenticity! The bar boasts beer pong, which I definitely intend to return for at some point when we aren’t hosting my parents.

We ordered four half meters of pizza between four: (A meter of) Macellaio (The Butcher), The Bellarini (Veggie option) De Pepperoni, Fries, A greek salad and half of meter of speciality bread (a third garlic bread, a third pesto bread and tomato bread) and dough balls. The first thing to be said, is we definitely didn’t rise to the challenge. While the pizza’s were So delicious, our eyes and noses got the better of us. The dough balls, were a very generous portion, I’m not talking the six you’d usually get at other establishments arranged in a nice circle, they’re rustic, crispy, cheesy, goodness. As a meat eater, the Bellarini (pleasantly) surprised me and was on par with its meatier counterparts. It was colourful and inviting, the toppings still maintained some of their natural crunch and colour just how I like it. That said, the meat on the other pizzas was all very soft and fresh too, no unpleasant dry or over cooked meat. Everything was served piping hot, despite the lengthy order.

This is a great student hang-out, catch-up with friends or relaxed family vibe kinda of place. Which I would absolutely recommend everyone should try!

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