Carne Calzone from Bella Italia Review
Folded pizza with pomodoro sauce -Meatballs, beef ragu, pancetta, red onion and mozzarella
Carne Calzone Review
The lads were back at Bella Italia, the missuses had sent us out to buy some Christmas gifts for some relatives. Of course we had been given a list of exactly what to buy and from where. But the lads are nothing if not inventive and we decided to throw ourselves wholeheartedly into this task, but our real agenda was to Shop hard and see if we could save some money to enable a pizza purchase. After a couple of hours we were all shopped out, but our reward was that we had saved enough cash from our efforts for the Pizza treat.
So scanning through the menu at Bella’s we decided on one of three Calzone’s on offer, obviously the meaty one for us.
We didn’t have too long to wait for our Calzone to be served and it looked a treat with a lovely browned dough casing. It was good and hot as well. Digging in we appreciated the dough’s light texture and it tasted splendid. The Pomodoro sauce (tomato) had the taste of the sweetest tomatoes with a salty, garlic tinge. The fillings were Meatballs which were smallish and had a rich solid flavour and they combined well with the deep robust taste of the Beef Ragu. The Pancetta contrasted well and was lovely. It was enhanced with the addition of pretty strong red onion and packed with soft and creamy mozzarella.
So we were well pleased and it was a good offering and one we will would eat again. Getting home the missuses were suspicious that we had been indulging ourselves, but we had got what they wanted and with correct change, so a right result for the lads.
A massive thumbs up from The Pizza Lads
Frutti di Mare Pizza from Bella Italia Review
King prawns, mussels, squid, queen scallops, mozzarella & chilli on a tomato base.
Frutti di Mare Pizza Review
Bill was ranting to Ted today about the lack of seafood topped pizzas we had reviewed, but Ted said that he didn’t like seafood very much. Bill put his foot down and said we are the pizza review lads, so all pizzas need to done and we may as well go the whole hog and do a full on seafood pizza review of the fishiest pizza we can find. Reluctantly Ted had to take one for the team so they did a quick search and decided on the Frutti di Mare from Bella Italia. So off we went to the local Bella Italia and it duly arrived at the table.
It looked good with subtle colours contrasting with deep red tomato sauce and browned base edge. The base itself was fresh and not overdone with edge to edge toppings, the dough had soaked up the tomato sauce flavour to a degree, which made it delicious. The mozzarella was was not too thick and we felt a bit more was in order but it was tasty. The chilli was fiery and really caught the back of the throat.
Onto the main show – The queen scallops were impressive in size and Bill commented they were not to chewy as they can sometimes be, but not very flavourful (Ted disagreed-he said they were awful – not being a seafood lover). The King prawns were tender and full of flavour and both were happy there. The Mussels were not as fresh as Bill liked and he thought they may have been frozen ones, but that’s only speculation (Ted didn’t like them). The squid was a little bit chewy with an unusual overly salty taste Bill remarked (Ted hated them – not being a seafood lover).
So really it’s a case of if you like Seafood a lot or not, Bill gave the pizza a six out of ten, sadly Ted only one. Ted was not converted, so only Bill’s opinion counts in this review, a disappointing overall offering in his opinion. Bill also added that the ingredients to this pizza needed to stay with the pasta and not put onto a pizza base.
A thumbs down from The Pizza Lads
Diavola Forte Pizza from Bella Italia Review
Spicy ’nduja sausage, salami, chicken, red onion, roasted peppers and green chilli on a fiery tomato sauce with mozzarella and cooling mascarpone cheese.
Diavola Forte Pizza Review
The lads were fed up with home cooking pizzas for our recent reviews and we wanted to be waited on. We discovered that Bella Italia has an outlet near to us and without further ado we were off. Upon arrival we scanned the menu and were drawn to the Diavola Forte pizza, now our regular viewers know that we always want to try new things and if the pizza has a title with words we have never heard of, then that’s for us!
Apparently the literal translation of Diavola is deviled or salsa according the the interplonk.
The word Forte could mean tangy or feisty, so none the wiser really but good old N’duja sausage sounds just the ticket.
So after a short delay the Pizza was duly served up and it was good and hot and we had to admit it looked excellent with a nice variety of colours. So nice presentation. The base had a lovely brownish edge and was not too thin but very tasty. The Tomato sauce was a deep red shade and had an indulgent texture, but a fiery taste that really got us reaching for the water. The mixture of Mozzarella and Mascarpone is always an inspired combo and the Mascarpone had a creamy subtle palette. The spicy ’nduja sausage and salami really hit the spot and was full of flavour and not greasy at all, unlike some salamis. The Chicken was tender though a bit thin on the ground and the roasted peppers gave a rustic edge. The red onion and green Chillis finished off the proceedings and the Chillis had some kick in them. All complemented with some fresh rocket sprinkled on top.
We were very impressed with the overall quality and our mouths were pleasantly on fire by the last slice. Highly recommended and we thought we had better not tell the wives about this gem of a restaurant, our secret for now!
A big thumbs up from The Pizza Lads