Tony from Anatoni’s loves pizza.
From name checking the Neapolitan and London restaurants he admires to waxing lyrical about the produce he uses, you get the impression that he wants to make the best pizza he can. And then get even better at it.
I’ve loved Tony’s pizza ever since he opened Anatoni’s in Cyncoed.
He then went into business with someone else and rebranded to da Mara. And then moved to new premises in Penylan.
Now, Tony has parted company with his former business partner (who is still running da Mara) and reopened Anatoni’s on Wellfield Road on the former site of Chai.
His focus is still very much on pizza. It’s fairly obvious from the handsome Steffano Ferrara pizza oven which sits proudly in the window for passers by to gawp at.
But, if you’re not in the mood for pizza there are a few other mains available on the menu including parmigiana, pollo milanese and lasagne.
A bottle of Sardinia’s Ichnusa (£3.90) was exactly the kind of refreshing lager I needed after a day’s work.
Whilst we waited for the main event, Mrs G and I shared a crisp and flavoursome yet slightly dense ragu filled arancino (£3.95).
Both our pizzas were brilliant. Crunchy, airy and chewy of crust with a thin and saggy base, they were topped with first rate ingredients.
My classic margherita (£8.50) combined super fresh and lightly acidic San Marzano tomato sauce, uber creamy and gooey melted Fior Di Latte and iron rich basil.
A Santa Anna (£12.50) was topped with all the above as well as fiery and unctuous 'Nduja sausage, mousse-like creamy ricotta, and plump red piennolo tomatoes.
That’s all there really is to say. If you love pizza then you need Anatoni’s in your life.
Update - 20/02/2021
I've eaten a lot of pizzas from Anatoni's over the last few years but there's one which I keep on coming back to - the Caruso. Topped with salty salami, rich creamy goat’s cheese, wilted spinach and the funky sweetness of honey truffle oil, it's an absolute joy every time.
Address - Anatoni's, Unit 6, The Globe Centre, Wellfield Rd, Cardiff CF24 3PE
Telephone - 02920 495975