Next door to Eight Foot Grocer, founded by Chris James, there’s been a bit of activity. First, Chris diversified into The Pop Up Taco Shop (whilst waiting for planning permission). Now Otto Pizza has arrived to take its place.
Sourcing a carefully selected list of suppliers for their ingredients, they keep a short but varied menu in chilled surroundings.
They also have a regularly rotating specials board for pizza, wine and beer. For drinks selections, I chose off the specials board with a Call of Korriban Black IPA from Twisted Barrel Brewery whilst Wifey went for Masons Gin with a Double Dutch Tonic.
My beer was lovely and Wifey (always a fan of G&T) loved the Masons Gin, though Langleys will always be her fave!
For food we had a Tomato and Pesto Flatbread; for mains I chose
Nduja, Mushroom, Marscapone, Mozzarella and Tomato
whilst Wifey picked Mushroom, Marscapone and Truffle Oil.
The flatbread came pre-sliced in a basket. It wasn’t very strong on the tomato and a little heavy on the pesto, but Wifey is a huge pesto fan which meant it was perfect for her tastes.
My pizza had plenty of spice and oil from the nduja sausage, which was mellowed by the creamy marscapone, the mushroom added texture on a both crispy and doughy base. All in all ruddy lovely, though the oil and spice from the sausage may put a few off.
Wifey’s Pizza came with chunky mushroom, smooth blobs of marscapone and wasn’t too heavy on the truffle oil. She enjoyed the earthiness of the mushroom combined with the rich creaminess of the marscapone. The base was midway between ‘deep pan’ and thin and crispy, giving it enough integrity without being too heavy.
For dessert, Wifey went for Daniele’s grandmother’s homemade tiramisu whilst I chose some pistachio ice cream.
Wifey’s Tiramisu was a more than generous portion and in her words was “indulgent, rich, delicious”! She struggled to finish it but valiantly battled through, it would have been rude not to!
My ice cream verged on the savoury side with the nuttiness of the pistachio shining through. Most people are used to the luminous green pistachio ice cream which I find verges on the too sweet side, whereas this acted as a nice palate cleanser.
Though we were sad to see The Pop Up Taco Shop disappear (which we enjoyed a few times), this is a more than worthy replacement and provides a much authentic experience than the regular chains.
Where: Otto Pizza, 14 Caroline Street, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, B3 1TR
Who: Otto Pizza, Eight Foot Grocer