There are 2 types of people in this world - those that like pizza... and liars!
Aberdeen seems to be getting a huge pizza action right now. With the launch of two new specialised pizza joints, plus Rev's new menu additions - the Granite City has gone margharita mad! I've had a grand total of 3 pizza dates this month alone, and thought I'd share a slice of them with you!
Nick's Pizza & Wine Bar
I was lucky enough to be invited along to the launch party of the new pizza bar on Back Wynd earlier this month, hosted by none other than the Michelin starred chef himself. A charming and down to earth man, Nick Nairn tells it like it is! Located downstairs from the well known cook school (which we got a quick tour of - I'm dying to try a class!), Nick admitted that the use of this space as a shop just wasn't working and they needed to try something different. After a fairly successful café launch, they decided to add the pizza and wine menu - keeping the concept casual with a minimalistic Scandinavian design.
We tried four different pizzas from the short menu - all priced from £7 - and I have to say they were all pretty damn good. The garlic mushroom was my personal favourite, closely followed by the fiery nduja sausage. Local produce features heavily on the menu with the wine selection put together with a little help from Doug of WoodWinters, beer from nearby Six Degrees North and mozzarella sourced from a Scottish buffalo herd!
Nick Nairn Cook School & Café, 15 Back Wynd, Aberdeen.
Slice N Easy
My next pizza adventure took me back to the place I stayed the night after my wedding - the Bauhaus hotel! Gordon and I admired Bob Harper's rock n roll artwork over breakfast when we stayed there, but now owner James Cummings has expanded on the theme with the launch of their new pizza joint and bar!
They've captured my taste in music perfectly, with a mix of Bob Marley, The Rolling Stones and Blondie playing in the background while we tucked into pizzas named after the legends themselves! We started with a deliciously moreish focaccia, and followed with a taste of Elvis, Jagger, Hendrix and Prince. The Boss was the stand out for me - mac n cheese with crispy bacon, on a pizza! It's a total chilled out, good vibe kinda place - I suggest bringing your friends so you can try the lot.
Slice N Easy at the Bauhaus Hotel, Langstane Place, Aberdeen.
My "Where the f**ks my pizza" face.
Last but not least - the final pizza the puzzle. My husband loves a good craft beer and Brewdog is a firm favourite. With their brewery located just a short drive away from us in Ellon, we made Friday night Date night and headed out for pizza and beer! As designated driver I stuck to the fritz-limo and coffee - did I mention I like mochas now?
Another relaxed location, we made ourselves at home, took advantage of the free wifi and created our wedding "thank you" cards while we were there! The bar was busy, with the new additional seating upstairs and some tours on the go. I think they forgot about our pizzas but when they did finally arrive (an hour after ordering) I have to admit they were worth the wait! Gordon's stone baked pizza was a classic - spicy, meaty topped with nduja sausage, pepperoni and fresh mozzarella. Mine was a little more unusual with kassler pork and artichokes giving it an almost sweet flavour. Delicious!
DogTap, Balmacassie Industrial Estate, Ellon, Aberdeenshire.
Where's your favourite place to grab a slice in Aberdeen or shire?
What toppings would you go for?
*I was invited to Nick's Pizza & Wine Bar and Slice n Easy in exchange for honest reviews. As always, all opinions are genuine.