Review: First impressions of Bardolino, Marco Pierre White’s Italian restaurant

img_2560Bardolino is an Italian casual dining restaurant chain owned by Marco Pierre White. Located in the Cube next to the Mailbox, 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 was lucky enough to win a free pizza and dragged a friend along to see what this relatively new restaurant was all about.

Surprisingly, the entrance was inconspicuous; it took us a while to figure out exactly where the restaurant was and on arrival, the restaurant was empty aside from one couple. Saying that, we did visit on a weekday evening. Bardolino is far more casual that the rooftop Marco Pierre White restaurant that we are all familiar with. The warm interior is welcoming and the full-length windows are situated overlooking the canal. Despite a lack of atmosphere, service was second to none; incredibly friendly and attentive.

img_2556The main menu consists of authentic stone-baked pizzas, homemade pasta dishes and salads. With the most expensive pizza costing just £9, this restaurant is highly affordable. If you’re a student, Bardolino currently offer pizza or pasta for £5 from Sunday-Wednesday.

Unable to decide between the myriad of options, we opted to create our own half and half pizza with the Prosciutto di Parma e Rucola (Parma ham, beef tomatoes, rocket, pecorino) and the Zingara (Italian sausage, mushrooms, mozzarella, truffle oil, rocket). The sizes of the pizzas were generous with the hand-stretched bases practically falling off the plates. Photos do not do Bardolino justice as, whilst a huge claim, this was potentially the best pizza I have ever had in a restaurant.




Overall, Bardolino offers fantastic, reasonably priced Italian fare and is placed in a great location. The missing ingredient however, is the lack of atmosphere – I couldn’t for the life of me understand why it wasn’t more packed!

Details: Bardolino,  10 Commercial Street, Mailbox District, Birmingham B1 1RS. Tel: +44 121 643 3433

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*Disclaimer: One pizza was complimentary as I won a competition (thank you Bardolino and Rewired PR!). However, the rest of the meal and drinks were paid for in full.

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