This past Monday when the 3 Queens came sailing into Liverpool, the Mr and I took his family down to battle the crowds and get a view of the girls as they came up the Mersey. Crowds, crowds, prams, pets, crazies and everything in-between, including possibly the only, and worst viewing spot we could get, we all ended up a little fed up of having our toes ran over, we were freezing cold and getting hungrier by the minute.
I took some awful hold-my-phone-up-as-high-as-I-can shots of the ships before leading Mr and his family to the other side of the city centre, as far away from the crowds as I could. We headed over to Bold Street and got ourselves a table in The Italian Club.
As soon as you step off the high street you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d just stepped into an Italian families back kitchen. The decor is authentic Italian but still, very homely - ok, maybe we all don’t have kick ass sky-high ceilings in our houses, from which we hang elaborate chandeliers, but it’s Italian none the less. Fabulous art on the walls, a vintage map of Italy and huge, gold, ornate mirrors. Not to mention the floor to ceiling take-home today offerings of traditional Italian fare.
The Italian Club pride themselves on a unique operating style, making up fresh, simple but flavoursome dishes daily. From pastas to paninis with a twist, wood-fired pizzas and cold antipasti. Not to mention the mouthwatering offerings of cakes and tarts.
When in Italy (or at least pretending to be) I went with a Cicciona pizza; tomato, mozzarella, salame, parma ham, spicy salame and italian sausage. 12” of one of the nicest pizzas I’ve dined out in a long time. There was no skimping on toppings or flavour with every slice. I love a really thin base and this one was perfect, thin and crispy without being overdone or burnt.
Seen as though it had been a long morning, we all decided to grab dessert too and, when I saw two of my favourite things in the world combined into one dessert, I knew exactly what I was getting…their Nutella pizza. Yes, I know, I’d already demolished a pizza just moments before, but come on, it’s Nutella on a pizza?! How could I not?
The Nutella pizza took so long to come out that everyone else had finished their desserts and coffees, so I almost cancelled my order - I thought they’d forgotten about me, but when I asked the waiter he said the pizza is made fresh every time it’s ordered so there’s a little delay. As if on cue, another waiter comes out carrying…well, just see for yourself!
I’m so glad everyone else had already finished and had a little room left to help me with this beauty! Yes, beauty, just look at it! It was still warm from the oven, the nutella melting and gooey, the dough so soft and fresh. Let me tell you, it was well worth the wait! Though Mr and his family helped, I admit I scoffed most of it to myself and left nothing more than a blob of cream behind on the plate!
Overall, another delicious meal at one of my favourite Italians in the city! I really want to head back and give one of their pastas a try next! Also, getting a nice little 10% off the bill thanks to my Independent Liverpool card is always a bonus!
Do you have a passion for pizza? Ever eaten in The Italian Club? Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time,