Bardolino, Marco Pierre White’s Pizzeria, Bellini and Espresso bar located in the Cube, focuses on authentic, affordable Italian dining. The restaurant takes its name from the town of Marco’s mother’s birthplace who passed away when the chef was just six years old. I recently won a competition for a free meal at Bardolino and couldn’t believe my luck when I was then invited down to learn the secrets behind creating a deliciously hand-stretched pizza.
Bardonlino’s interior is warm and inviting with full-length windows overlooking Birmingham’s canals. After making ourselves look the part with blue-striped aprons and a chef’s hat we were talked through and shown how to create the ultimate hand-stretched pizza base using semolina including a lesson on the classic pizza toss. The selection of toppings to choose from was typically Italian and included fresh herbs, Bolognese, mushrooms, eggs, tomatoes and cured Italian meats. No cajun chicken or pineapple in sight!
After a pathetic attempt at a pizza toss from me it was time to adorn the base with toppings. Unable to decide between the myriad of options, I eventually went for salami, spinach in the centre with an egg cracked on top as well as a generous helping of tomatoes, chilli and rosemary. A short while in the oven was all that was needed before we were able to enjoy our creations with plenty of prosecco for good measure.
Bardolino’s new main menu has launched this week; the original menu has been spiced up a bit with more of Marco Pierre White’s family favourites. Whilst the menu still focuses on being on a high quality pizzeria at it’s core, there are some new additions such as Salmon cannelloni, the Bardolino burger, Wild Mushroom Lasagne and for the health conscious amongst us, Superfood Salads. In terms of pizzas, you are now able to personalise your own with all you favourite toppings or enjoy the Pizzetta, a half-sized pizza with half the calories and a generous helping of salad on the side. Although I’m unable to comment on the offerings on the menu from this visit, last time I visited Bardolino, I had the Prosciutto di Parma e Rucola (Parma ham, beef tomatoes, rocket, pecorino) and the Zingara (Italian sausage, mushrooms, mozzarella, truffle oil, rocket), both of which I highly recommend.
All main meals are priced around the £10 mark making this restaurant highly affordable and, unknown to many, Bardolino also serves brunch all day every day until 5pm. At the weekends brunch becomes bottomless with any item from the brunch menu paired with unlimited Bellinis for £18.
Overall, Bardolino is somewhat of a hidden gem. You are unlikely to stumble across it as it’s location remains somewhat inconspicuous, which may explain the lack of atmosphere I experienced last time I visited. However, Bardolino is certainly one to watch; I can’t fault the delicious food and its affordability. Once its presence is known I’m certain there’ll be more of a ‘buzz’. The masterclass was extremely enjoyable – perhaps Bardolino should consider offering these pizza making masterclasses to the public!
Details: Bardolino, 10 Commercial Street, Mailbox District, Birmingham B1 1RS. Tel: +44 121 643 3433
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