Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Pi Shop, Bristol pizza restaurant review

Pi Shop is the sister establishment to the bloody brilliant Michelin-starred restaurants Paco Tapas and Casamia.

Located in Bristol’s General Hospital redevelopment, this wood-fired pizza restaurant has a bright and minimalist interior.

All of the wow-factor comes from a handsome copper pizza oven that dominates the kitchen.

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The menu is brief, including just a handful of starters, 10 pizzas, two sides and one dessert. Whilst most pizzas cost around £14, the margherita (£8.50) and marinara (£6.50) provide cheaper options. 

There’s a good selection of local beers with Lost + Grounded, Arbor and Left Handed Giant all putting in an appearance. I drank a delightfully hoppy and easy drinking Left Handed Giant Pale (£6.50). 

Both the wood-fired pizzas we ate were enjoyably thin-based with a good crunch and chew. The crust was nicely raised but I thought it was a bit dense and doughy compared to the finest I’ve had.

My tuscan sausage pizza (£14) was a belter - it was topped with a luxurious combination of uber-porky fennel-twanged sausage meat, tender potato slices, oozy mozzarella, savoury parmesan shavings, sweet onion pieces and a golden runny egg yolk. 

Mrs G’s ’nduja pizza (£16) was equally lovely. The spreadable spicy sausage and generous dollops of cold and creamy burrata balanced beautifully. The supporting cast comprised of the crunch of pine nuts, peppery rocket, sweet peppers and a light tomato sauce. 

A side salad of fresh local leaves (£3) was coated in a dressing that lacked a bit of oomph. 

If you’ve only got one dessert on your menu then it better be good. Pi Shop’s soft serve sundae (£3.50) is ace. A swirl of light and milky ice cream combined with a berry-packed, slightly tart forest fruit compote and sprinkles of dark chocolate and crisp almonds. 

We really enjoyed Pi Shop. It’s cool, the service is slick and the pizzas are really tasty.

*Update - 10 April 2018* - I've just spotted that my review is already antiquated before I've even posted it. Today, Pi Shop introduced a new cooking style for their pizzas - they now bake their marinara, margherita and white base pizzas before adding the toppings when they come out of the oven. They've also introduced a new pricier menu with the marinara costing £10 and margherita £12.

The Details:

Address - Pi Shop, The General, Lower Guinea Street, Bristol BS1 6FU
Web - http://www.thepishop.co.uk/
Telephone - 0117 925 6872