Pi Shop, Bristol

After a gloriously sunny and rather boozy #GrillStock2017 (a weekend-long festival in Bristol dedicated to smoked and barbecued meat) we thought it only appropriate to make the most of being harbour-side and head to Pi Shop.

It’s right next to, arguably, one of the country’s finest restaurants, Michelin-starred Casamia and at the helm is the same chap, Peter Sanchez. I had the pleasure of meeting his late brother Jonray a few times, he was heavily involved in the development of Pi Shop, and he was a true gent and fantastic cook.

The menu is nice and simple, with just a few sourdough pizzas, Napoli style, with their thick but fluffy crusts. My gentleman companion excitedly orders a Hawaiian (£12) as you don’t often see it on menus these days. Chunks of pineapple, which taste fresh not tinned, with Iberico ham is a winning combo.

My favourite pizza is always a Margherita (£8.50) – I like its simplicity and you can always tell if a kitchen knows what they’re doing. Here, it doesn’t disappoint. The crust is like ciabatta (it reminds me of Radio Alice in London) and because the toppings are wet, it’s well balanced.

We order the homemade herb dip (£2) – thoroughly recommended – for extra dunkage and a side salad (£3) to provide some freshness.

For dessert, we share the vanilla and passion fruit soft serve ice cream (£3.50) which tastes incredibly like a Solero. It’s gorgeous and a real taste of summer.

With views onto the harbour, sitting on the small terrace, tucking into well priced, sensibly cooked pizza, we can’t help but fall in love with Pi Shop. Service is really sweet too – even though it’s “just” pizzas they really care. This is definitely one for your Bristol hit list.

Would we go back? Yes


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