Prezzo Bristol is tucked away in Anchor Square in Bristol. It’s a stone’s throw from Bristol Harbourside and a short walk from Millennium Square, neighboured by a range of independent and chain Bristol restaurants. After a long old slog in the office and a few early mornings getting up and going to the gym, I felt entitled to a treat night, and it had to be on a Wednesday to counter-act the mid week blues. There was Pinot Grigio and there was pizza, what’s more to want?
When we first arrived, there was a slight delay before we got acknowledged, instant acknowledgement and a friendly smile is something I’ve learnt to love about local Bristol restaurants so I expect this even in the big chains. Within five minutes we were sat down at the table casting an eye over the extensive Italian themed menu trying to work out our choice of wine based on the menu. We decided to go with white, afterall, it’s pretty much Summer now, right? There is also photographic evidence of me with an empty bottle of wine, I look quite happy but the photos will run chronologically here.
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Prezzo Bristol was spacious which meant we could talk about anything without getting the fear; the decor is warm and relaxing which made it very easy to accidentally stay for hours, which we did. Table service was on-point in terms of timing, we never felt hurried to order but on the flip side I never found myself staring afar doing that obvious customer thing where you lean your head out for a prolonged period of time trying to catch a member of staff’s eye.
For starters, Jem ordered the Crispy Crab and Citrus Salad (£6.25) as a lighter alternative ahead of the main course, the crab was tasty and the salad was garnished with sweet roquito chilli which added a nice intensity of flavour to it.
I ordered a special from the menu, Salmon Arancini (£6.25) (rice and salmon coated with breadcrumbs) which was accompanied by some aoili and a salad side dish. The salmon was tasty but not memorable and the salad didn’t have any kind of dressing on it – just served up with a wedge of lemon which I used for the aoili and salmon. It felt like a bit of an afterthought!
For our mains, we both decided to go for the VIPizza, it was quite hard to deciper what made the pizza so special based on the description in the menu ‘Our premium pizzas are created by our executive chef and served up on a V.I.Pizza base’ – what makes it premium? Well, when it turned up the most distinguishing feature was the long almost rectangular shape of the pizza. Jem ordered the Queen Margherita VIPizza (£11.99) and I ordered the Duck and Sweet Chilli VIPizza (£14.29).
The food envy kicked in at this point, Jem went for a classic option whereas I had gone for an obscure choice. While I loved the different flavours, I couldn’t help but look over the table and see the piles of asparagus with rocket and pesto accompanied with a classic margherita topping.
The duck meat was tender and tasty and the pizza base was incredibly more-ish. The description of St Clement’s citrus, chilli, mint and duck had made me expect a crazy combination of flavours, I expected fresh herby ingredients on top as a garnish to reflect the range of interesting and unique flavours so I was surprised to see a very average looking pizza.
We also ordered truffle oil infused fries which had a little lodi cheese and parsley on top, the flavour didn’t really come through for me and it felt like a bit of a strange side accompaniment – next time I’d go for a side salad or the house fries.
The pizza demolition had happened and we were more than half way through the wine, conversation was flowing and then I saw the dessert menu and realised how full I was. The dessert menu had a mixture of cheesecakes, fudge and sponge cakes, sticky toffee pudding, tiramisu and panna cottas, all the classics – the most stand out options were Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake (£6.29) and Nutella Hazelnut Spread and Banana mini Calzones (£5.99). Had I of not ordered a pizza for mains, I would’ve gone straight ahead with the calzones! I love the idea of ordering a combination of small desserts, I think it’s an idea which not enough restaurants have properly tapped into. I ordered a small Vanilla Cheesecake with Raspberry Coulis (£4.29) accompanied with an espresso, this was perfect in terms of portion size.
There was a mixed response to the cheesecake, the raspberries weren’t very fresh and the coulis was dropped on sparingly, whereas I’m used to a coulis being an intense flavour which you can incorporate within a spoonful of rich vanilla flavouring.
Jem ordered the Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake and commented a number of times on how delicious it was but I think there could still be further improvement with the overall presentation of both desserts.
Prezzo Bristol Menu
Overall the Prezzo Bristol menu was mixed and eclectic offering selections which were varied in flavours and can cater for customers across the spectrum; young and old, fussy and non-fussy. It was also refreshing to see more summery salad options than I would ordinarily see in a well-known restaurant, with seven salad options on the list accommodating for those who are looking for gluten free alternatives.
On the note of gluten free alternatives, there were gluten free pizzas such as the Vesuvio (Double pepperoni, red chilli or sweet roquito chilli pearls, mozzarella and tomato) and Tre Gusti pizza (Pepperoni, pancetta, rosemary, mozzarella and tomato). There are also a number of options for all the vegetarians out there, we loved the Queen Margherita pizza but there is also Roasted Red Pepper & Goat’s Cheese pizza options and Asparagus & Mascarpone Panciotti filled pasta.
Find out more about Prezzo Bristol
The menu is available online too!
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Prezzo Bristol invited me along to review the restaurant, all thoughts, feelings and pictures are my own.