365Bristol Lunch Hour: Pizzarova Park StreetPosted on: 14 Dec 2018
Lunchtime. It’s surely the best part of the working day. It marks the end of the slow, coffee-fuelled morning and the beginning of those final hours in the afternoon before we get to leave work. If your workspace is centrally located like ours, it’s good to go for a lunchtime ramble now and again in search of a great spot to sit down and munch until your heart’s content. Dining out for lunch is a good chance to catch up with a friend, loved one or spend the hour alone to treat yourself once in a while! Alternatively, if you’re an employer, the lunch hour is the perfect time to take the employees out to a well-deserved meal as a thank you for their hard work.
With Bristol being the foodie hotspot that it is, there's a seemingly endless number of fantastic restaurants in and around the city centre. You can find food from all over the globe from a wide range of eateries here, and with so many flavours to be sampled, we have made it our mission to test, try and time as many as we can. We headed to Park Street this time around for an overdue visit to Bristol favourite Pizzarova's newest location.
Feeling rough and slightly hungover from our office Christmas party the night before, I braved some absolutely disgusting weather conditions on Wednesday afternoon to put Pizzarova to the test at their newest branch at the bottom of Park Street. Having eaten at their flagship Gloucester Road store before I had an idea of what to expect and was very much looking forward to it - a simple but delicious pizza lunch, prepared and cooked to perfection.
As you'd expect, these lot know their way around a pizza, and the opening of a third branch is a testament to their reputation in Bristol. The new branch is cosy and inviting and is a good fit for Park Street, in keeping with the stylish but simplistic environment that a lot of neighbouring cafes and restaurants have gone for.
Their menu is relatively small - you essentially just customise your own pizza and choose from 10-12 different toppings - but the ingredients are incredibly fresh and everything is prepared in the open-plan kitchen situated in between the two dining areas. Sat on the bench seating facing the busy street outside, I went for the three-topping lunch deal with onions, fresh chillies and mushrooms (£7) while my partner opted for a simple Margherita (£5).
The pizza base itself is fantastically light and soft, charred slightly on the top of the crust which we both agreed was a big plus - the burnt ends add that element to the flavour and certainly improve the overall taste of a classic pizza. Both topped with fresh rocket, the tomato and mozzarella bases were generous and tasty, complemented perfectly by the kick of the fresh chillies and sharp red onion on mine.
For a lunchtime spot, there aren't many better in central Bristol than Pizzarova to take disconnect yourself, order a good-quality meal and watch the world go by for a bit. In my hungover state last week I have to say that watching everybody walking by in the pouring rain did give me a pretty smug sense of self-satisfaction while I tucked into my pizza in a warm and dry restaurant.
Given the good value as well - you can't argue with a delicious, freshly-made pizza for a fiver - I have to say that Pizzarova has been one of the best restaurants we've visited since starting the #LunchHour series. We were given a warm welcome by the chefs and waiting staff when we got there, as was everyone else that came through the doors during our visit, and there can be absolutely no complaints about the food.
If you work in a hectic city centre environment and want nothing more from your lunch break than to get away from it all and tuck into a quick, tasty and good-value meal, look no further than Pizzarova.
Having moved to Bristol from Cornwall in 2015, Matt recently completed a degree in Journalism at UWE. He is keen on a wide variety of musical genres, as well as taking an interest in art and illustration, producing his own work in his spare time. Matt makes the most of Bristol's diverse nightlife and attends live music and club nights regularly. Get in touch via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.