There's a pizza revolution taking place in Loughborough. Peter and that's enough.. opened their doors to business less than 3 weeks ago and the buzz surrounding it is immense. People who know me know that I like to stick my head into everything and know whats going on so this time last week I was there with fork in hand and a rumbly tummy.
Located in a converted pub on Ashby Square, Peter is a funky pizzeria run by Italian blooded Rafael. He came to Loughborough for uni and never left. I'm so pleased.
I met with my fellow Leicestershire foodie friends (blogger Emily, local heroes Louise and Dan and chef Laurie) and we sat on the large communal table in the front of the restaurant and began deciding what to eat. The menu is limited but spot on. Key ingredients are sourced directly from Italy - for example, the flour for the pizza dough is Molino Caputo and the dough is made in a traditional way found in the Cervinara region. The wines are supplied by a family in Italy direct and the cured meats come from Padova. Working directly with family suppliers, this pizzeria is Italian through and through. Naturally, in true Italian style, there is no messing around here. Its a pizzeria so they just serve.. pizza. There are 8 on the menu plus specials too. Starters and nibbles include doughballs, olives cheeses and meats but nothing more complex than that (it doesn't need to be).
|A selection of amazing meats|
|Halloumi con Foccaccia £4.00 and Life Changing Olives & Taralli £3.00|
|Julia Roberts Sasige - Spicy Italian Sausage £3.50 (there's no way to make this look nice!)|
If you can't decide what to have on your pizza, you can tweet @PeterPizzeria with the hashtag #PizzaRoulette and they will decide for you! Fortunately, I knew what I wanted and went for number 3 - Tomatoes, ricotta fresca, sausage con finocchietto, mozzerella, pistachio di bronte and truffle oil (sooo good). Drink wise, I was driving so went for the home made iced tea followed by home made still lemonade - both were really refreshing and absolutely delish.
The sourdough for the pizza bases is made in house and I can honestly say they were best pizza bases I've ever tasted outside of Italy. Soft and fluffy on the inside, charred and crispy on the outside. For once, rather than eating around the base, I wolfed the lot. Around the table, we chomped and chatted and as I glanced around the place, I realised that this is what its all about. Peter isn't a quiet restaurant, its a place to gather and catch up over great, simple food. In fact, its perfect for groups and if there's space, I recommend you ask to sit at the big communal table.
|The wonderful communal table|
|Clean plates all round and ready for pizza!|
One final note, when we thought it wasn't possible to eat a single bite more, our lovely friendly waitress came over with this.... Nutella Pizza. Its the same sourdough base but sprinkled with sugar and topped with nutella and chopped nuts. Sounds so simple - its incredible. We all had it around our mouths but didn't care! There is also a wider selection of puds which you eat in or takeaway - try the 'Something Divine' which is made by Louise (pictured above)!
|Nutella pizza heaven!|
I've reviewed so many restaurants in the past year and can honestly say this is one of my favourites. I love the place, the food, the drinks and am telling everyone I know to go there. If you're in and around Loughborough, get over there as soon as you can.
Pizza Heaven has come to Loughborough and I've fallen in love with Peter.