The last time we were in Bath there was a tiny little restaurant which had people queueing out of its doors; there wasn’t a hope of getting in. This time however The Real Italian Pizza Company had a few spare tables that we were grateful to sit at and get out of the rain.
The menu is unsurprisingly dominated by pizzas; without tomato, without cheese, with whatever you want. If you don’t fancy a pizza, there are a few other options but I would wonder why you would be in this restaurant if you didn’t want pizza.
After being very tempted by a white pizza I chose the Ortolana and Ciabatta and olives to start. As my previous reviews state bread, oil and balsamic is one of my favourite things. The above came to the table; warm crusty bread and a generous serving of oil and vinegar. I dunked the bread into the liquids and consumed it with relish only to be bitterly disappointed. It was not balsamic vinegar but balsamic syrup. This was not the bitter, sharp vinegar/bread/oil combination I expect. Why would anyone think balsamic syrup is a suitable replacement for balsamic vinegar? We spent the starter skirting around the pool of sickly sweet misfortune desperately trying only to get oil on the bread.
The olives were nondescript olives; exceptionally large and juicy but the green ones were far too briny to be pleasant. Fortunately it was mostly black ones in the bowl.
We had ordered a bottle of sparkling water to share which was remarkably small. After all the brine and in expectancy of our pizzas we ordered another. The pizzas came; not too big and not too small. I was impressed with the generosity of the toppings. Chain pizza restaurants put toppings on pizzas based on price and a picture on the wall. I got the impression that the pizzas made here had toppings added until it looked good. The crust was brilliantly golden brown; just how I like it. The tomato sauce had the right level of sweetness, herbs and very slight tartness. The cheese was excellently placed such that you got a bit with every mouthful. A little sprinkling of oregano would have improved this pizza but as it was I was pretty happy.
The prices were fairly reasonable; between £8 and £10 for a pizza, £4 for the bread and £2 for the olives. What I thought was overpriced was the water. We spent pretty much £6 on two bottles of sparkling water. I wouldn’t mind if they were big bottles but they weren’t; they were 500ml. One glass each.
The restaurant was pretty much full by the time we left and I understand why; there’s a pizza for everyone. If you’re in Bath, you like pizza and you can get in then give it a go.