We had a lovely time on Saturday night, but it very nearly didn’t happen due to total confusion.
After parking in the harbour, we walked up to the corner of Avenida de Suecia to La Piazzetta Brasserie and I said we have a reservation for 5 people at 8.00pm. The waiter said NO we are fully booked unless I set up a table but it is inside. I said, I am sure we have a reservation and we both looked in the diary. Nothing!
We ordered a drink and were given a menu which looked lovely, but expensive and I whispered to Jim, there isn’t a single pizza listed here and pizza is why we have chosen this place. So Jim walked outside to see if there was a pizza place close by and sure enough, Olga, Lidija and Larry were sitting next door, they had been there 20 minutes and were wondering what had happened to us. So we picked up our drinks and joined them.
It turns out that both restaurants belong to the same group and while the Brasserie is on the corner the pizzeria where we were meeting is next door.
It has to be said that the location while central is next to a busy roundabout and I can’t imagine sitting outside during the day when a ferry has just landed, but at night it was only the local traffic and taxis that passed by.
A waiter came for our order which took a while as there is a huge choice and while a normal pizza is 33cm they also do an 80cm with up to 3 different toppings for groups to share. These are priced between €20 to €25 so would make a cheap night out for 3 or 4 people.
As it turned out we all wanted something different. And because the Kew’s don’t have enormous appetites (must be an age thing) we brought home half a pepperoni and half a hierro because they were so delicious. Mine, the Hierro was mozzarella, gorgonzola, pear and nuts. Larry had some sort of veggie pizza, Lidija also vegetarian went for a parmigiana and Olga had a tasty pasta with tomatoes. Everything was delicious, except the Sangria which for €16 only had apples and no other fruit. And those drinking it said it tasted better at the end of the night when we poured in our freebie Lemoncello shots.
There was a large choice of puddings, I don’t have a sweet tooth and have to be in the right mood for a pudding so stuck with a barraquito while the others had profiterole, cheesecake, panna cotta and tiramisu. They all agreed they were very sweet but still ate every scrap.
The whole time we were there the waiters and waitresses rushed around, tables emptied and were filled immediately and there was a constant queue lining the street to get a seat. So while we had not heard of this place, others certainly had and it is extremely popular. I can see why.