Monday, 12 February 2018

Bristol | Pizzarova vegan pizza review

Pizzarova vegan sourdough pizza Bristol review Oyster Pearl blog Lottie Storey

When I came to write this review it occurred to me that pizza falls at the very centre of a rather large Venn diagram. Do I categorise this under Bristol? Big family stuff? Or vegan? Well, all of the above. But most intriguingly the last.

Any discussion around veganism is guaranteed to include the 'BUT WHAT ABOUT CHEESE?' argument, followed closely by the 'BUT WHAT ABOUT PIZZA?' question. So what about pizza? In the year since I've been vegan, I've learned to love pizza without cheese. (They do it that way in Naples, dontcha know?)

But then Pizzarova, Bristol's handmade sourdough specialists, invited us to give their new vegan cheese pizzas a whirl. How could we say no?

Pizzarova vegan sourdough pizza Bristol review Oyster Pearl blog Lottie Storey

After an afternoon of jumping up and down, four kids were ravenous and tore into the Gloucester Road branch of Pizzarova. The decor means it's the perfect place for families - it's stylish and welcoming but with a merciful lack of those breakable knick-knacks that always make my heart sink, their preservation becoming my major preoccupation throughout the meal. Phew! That's not to say it's soft-play styling. By night, It's obviously a pretty cool neighbourhood eatery for people of all ages - something for everyone.

Pizzarova vegan sourdough pizza Bristol review Oyster Pearl blog Lottie Storey

The other thing that makes for an easy family meal is how simple and straightforward the menu is. A wall of the restaurant is shelved, and each pizza component part is printed on its own label so you can see at a glance what to order. Prices range from £5-11 depending on toppings, which is pretty par for the course round these parts.

Pizzarova vegan sourdough pizza Bristol review Oyster Pearl blog Lottie Storey

Pizzarova were keen for us to try the vegan options, so we ordered a cheesy garlic bread (£5) to start followed by a combination of olives, garlic, chilli and rocket on top of a standard marinara pizza base, half topped with vegan mozzarella (£10). The kids made their own choices, including 'The Lady' (Pizzarova's name for a margarita) and - perennial under-10s favourite - ham.

Pizzarova vegan sourdough pizza Bristol review Oyster Pearl blog Lottie Storey

The kitchen is adjacent to the counter and you can see the chefs at work making your meal in front of your eyes, making for a very relaxed vibe. They didn't mind our nosey lot peering at them at all. The kids were given pots of crayons and colouring sheets so were busily occupied while we enjoyed a can of Karma Kola Gingerella (£1.75).

Pizzarova vegan sourdough pizza Bristol review Oyster Pearl blog Lottie Storey

Pizzarova vegan sourdough pizza Bristol review Oyster Pearl blog Lottie Storey

The food arrived quickly and we tucked in. The dough was deliciously sweet and chewy, the tomato topping thick and tasty, and extra toppings were full of flavour. And the vegan cheese? I actually preferred the half without - after a year of no cheese, I think I just don't miss it anymore so I'm happy to go without. But I know that for many, the idea of going vegan and missing out on pizza might be a barrier so this option is a really good middle ground. Plus, it makes so much sense for a business to cater for all customers - vegan pizza lovers and carnivores can eat here together without too much bother. Thumbs up!

Pizzarova vegan sourdough pizza Bristol review Oyster Pearl blog Lottie Storey

Luckily for us, Pizzarova also has a Wapping Wharf outpost so there is no excuse for us anymore. One of our kids is a different species - a child that doesn't like pizza - so we don't tend to go out for pizza very often. But increasingly, the kids are off on playdates and parties ALL THE TIME (they have better social lives than we do) and we've made a pact to use the dates when Pizza Hater is away to indulge our doughy, tomatoey dreams more often.

And I know Pizzarova are the ones to deliver on those dreams.


Pizzarova is at 289 Gloucester Road and at Wapping Wharf, both in Bristol. 
pizzarova.com


Disclosure:
We were invited by Pizzarova to sample their pizzas and especially their vegan option.
The meal was on the house in exchange for coverage on social media and this blog review. 
All opinions, words and images are my own © Lottie Storey/Oyster and Pearl 2018
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