Surely, the pizza is one of mankind’s greatest foodie inventions. With a properly thin and crispy base, golden, slightly chewy crusts, a carefully calibrated selection of toppings and a lot of melted cheese, a good pizza is almost impossible to beat. And it’s so versatile too – even if you don’t eat cheese, or you’re gluten-free, or you’re looking for something that fussy children are guaranteed to eat, there’s a pizza out there for everyone. The pizza is equally at home as gloriously indulgent comfort food, to be eaten one-handed on the sofa in front of the TV, and, with the right toppings and accompaniments, as something really rather special in a restaurant. Frankly, if you don’t like pizza, I just don’t trust you.
And if you do like pizza, then this week on Sal’s Kitchen, I present my top five pizzerias in the city of Bath – it’s been tough, really tough, to narrow it down to just five, but I think I’ve done it.
The Real Italian Pizza Co
This is one of my oldest Bath favourites, dating all the way back to my student days when I had an Italian friend who told me they served the best pizza in the city. I never pick an ultimate winner in my top fives, but if you’re looking for a classically excellent pizza with no messing about, The Real Italian Pizza Co is a perfect choice. The restaurant always has a great atmosphere too, ideal for big groups of friends and family, and makes kids especially welcome – look out for their fabulous kids’ pizzas with bunny ears.
Bath Pizza Co
Speaking of atmosphere, the setting at the Bath Pizza Co is fabulous – a proper continental beer garden vibe, under the great vaulted ceiling of the old Green Park Station. The menu keeps things fairly simple but the pizza is excellent, and the Bath Pizza Co offers some absolutely outstanding deals too – including pizza for a fiver, Monday-Thursday lunchtimes, and the £10 pizza & a pint (or glass of prosecco) deal which you can grab all day, every day.
Another spot where you can grab a table al fresco for that holiday feel – now that the plaza at Saw Close has been revamped, the tables outside The Oven are a particularly good spot for people-watching on a sunny day. There are some gorgeous toppings on the menu, but it’s the crust at The Oven that really does it for me – I could eat their pizza crusts all by themselves, and I can think of no higher praise.
When it comes to crust, if you fancy something a little outside the ordinary, then Dough is the place for you. Their menu boasts an impressive eleven different choices for your pizza base, including multiple gluten-free options – ask the staff to recommend the right base for your favourite toppings if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed. The rest of the menu is fantastic too, and if you possibly can, I particularly recommend you save some room for their Tiramisu alla Nutella…
My final choice is Juno, a chilled-out and friendly place that feels more like a bar than a restaurant. Their kitchen may be tiny but their menu of gorgeous comfort food favourites, including a small but mouth-watering selection of pizzas, is consistently excellent. I love a fancy topping or two but I’m not ashamed to admit that sometimes, all I want is a really good margherita, and I think Juno might just make the best margheritas in town, with loads of mozzarella and a drizzle of basil oil. Visit at lunchtime to grab one for just £5.
Anyone else craving a pizza now? Have I left out your favourite pizzeria in the city? Leave me a comment and let me know!
Don’t forget, Sal’s Top Fives is a series – click here to see the rest!