Padrino’s Pizza, Dundee – Review

Padrino’s Pizza, Dundee – Review

Hi guys, and welcome back. Today I’ll be doing a review of the new pizza restaurant in Dundee, Scotland – Padrino’s Pizza! This is a great, little place just a few minutes walk away from the train station. My boyfriend and I were lucky enough to be invited for a complimentary meal in return for a review, so I want to start by thanking the lovely people at Padrino’s Pizza for having us! We had a lovely time, and such delicious food.

Not only that, but the atmosphere was great! It is a small restaurant, with around 5 tables and a breakfast-style bar looking out onto the street. Don’t let that put you off, however, as it doesn’t feel “small” as such – cosy would be a better word to describe it. As it starts to get darker outside, the lighting becomes very atmospheric and warm. I almost didn’t want to leave by the time it came to go home – I was very comfortable there, and the staff were very welcoming, too!

When it comes to the menu, you’re met with an array of differently flavoured pizzas. With 10 in total, and two of them being calzone’s, there is something for everyone. It was very difficult to choose one, but in the end I went for the Pomodori Essiccatti Al Sole – a sundried tomato, ricotta, spinach and fennel oil pizza. My boyfriend picked the more simply-named Provolone, which is an Italian soft smoked cheese, artichoke hearts and mushroom pizza. They were both delicious, but I’m very happy that I picked the one I did. Those flavours are right up my street!

Padrino's Pizza Dundee review

Huw’s (the boyfriend) pizza was quite cheesy, but not overpowering. It was the perfect amount of flavour that a cheese should have if it’s a pizza topping. He’s a lover of mushrooms, so it didn’t surprise me at all that he chose this one. He really enjoyed it, and from the slice I stole, I would happily have eaten the whole thing, too!

My pizza, as I mentioned before, was delicious! I’ve never had a pizza before where I could taste just how fresh the ingredients were – but this one broke that streak. I’d love to say that when I go back, I’ll order a different pizza just to try something new – but I may be lying to you. This pizza was so satisfying, I would 100% order it again!

Padrino's Pizza Dundee review

I ordered a side of mozzarella sticks with my meal, and they were lovely! A lot bigger than I was expecting, as well. The sizing of the sides and pizzas are very generous. Unless you and your pizza-partner-in-crime are extremely hungry, I would recommend ordering 1 pizza between you and a side each!

One of my favourite things about Padrino’s, apart from the food, is that the pizzas are made in the same room you’re sitting in. Behind the bar is the pizza oven, and you can watch your pizza being freshly prepped and cooked. Not only is it great knowing that your meal is fresh (which really comes over in the flavours of your pizza), but there is something quite sweet and rustic about watching your food being cooked like that.

My second favourite thing was the bar.

Padrino's Pizza Dundee review

Unfortunately I was driving and so I couldn’t drink, which I thought I wouldn’t be a big deal at all. That was until I saw their selection of gins. They had a nice variety of Malfy gins, which I haven’t had the pleasure of trying yet but I’ve heard good things about! The next time I go back, I’m leaving the car at home.

For a cosy restaurant like Padrino’s, I was surprised by the variety of alcohol they had. They had a few white wines, and red wines, and a rose and sparkling, too. Complimented by a nice collection of beer, and various spirits behind the bar. What pleased me the most was that they offered a small selection of classic cocktails. And by classics, I don’t mean your “classic” Pornstar Martini from ‘Spoons. I mean, Aperol Spritz and Negroni’s. They also offered a Negroni, but with prosecco instead of gin – again, I am gutted that I couldn’t try this one.

At the end of the night, I finished off my meal with some strawberry ice cream. Unfortunately, their regular desserts weren’t on that night – but ice cream suited me fine, considering I had ate quite a lot up to that point.

I didn’t get a photo of this, though… I will admit, even though I was near-stuffed, I dove into that ice cream almost as soon as the bowl had hit the table. It was your classic strawberry flavour – nothing fancy, but sort of nostalgic.

Padrino's Pizza Dundee review

Overall, we had a lovely time at Padrino’s Pizza and I would highly recommend it! If you’re in Dundee for a spot of shopping, or catching up with an old friend, I suggest you make a stop off at Padrino’s for an amazing, freshly baked and delicious pizza. And try that Malfy gin for me, will you? (Send me a picture on Twitter if you really want to make me jealous!)

I hope you enjoyed this review, and do let me know if you try out Padrino’s Pizza!

What cocktail would you get at Padrino’s – the Aperol Spritz, Negroni, or the Negroni with Prosecco? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

~ Beka

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  1. November 4, 2018 / 5:22 pm

    I love how the pizza looks from Padrino’s! I love it when a pizza shop is cozy and feels welcoming. I know I’d enjoy these two pizzas! This would be a perfect place for a little catch up between friends. It’s so cool to see pizza shops offering alcohol. Glad you enjoyed your time there!

    Nancy ♥

    • Beka
      January 16, 2019 / 5:46 pm

      It’s definitely such a cute, lovely place that I’ll keep returning to every time I am back in Dundee! The pizzas looked and tasted so fresh – I can still remember how delicious they were so clearly in my mind ❤️

  2. November 5, 2018 / 2:00 pm

    Wow, both your pizzas look so fresh and delicious! I wouldn’t know which one to pick! I’m so glad you had a lovey time, Beka. This looks like such a cosy friendly place and it is really cool that you can actually see your pizzas being cooked. Yum, strawberry ice cream sounds perfect for a light and tasty dessert too. Thanks for sharing your review lovely and fab photos! <3 xx

    Bexa |

    • Beka
      January 21, 2019 / 1:10 pm

      They were! Every time I see pictures of them or think about them, I start craving those pizzas again 😜 thank you, Bexa! ❤️

  3. November 6, 2018 / 11:22 am

    This looks so lovely, and the food looks incredible!! I completely agree with you, I never normally expect smaller places like this to offer much in the way of drinks so it’s awesome there’s so much choice. Next time, you’ll have to get the train or something so you can try them!

    • Beka
      January 21, 2019 / 1:18 pm

      It really was!! I’d really recommend it if you and Neal fancy a cute date night in Dundee. Never had a fresher pizza yet 😍 definitely! It’s a shame that the boyf doesn’t have a lot of time to spare to do that this semester, and I’d be terrified of going up on my own just to get a pizza 🙈 I will be heading back with him, though, as soon as exams are over!

  4. November 6, 2018 / 11:41 am

    Oooh I’m based in Dundee will have to give this a try soon as it looks and sounds amazing!!

    • Beka
      January 21, 2019 / 1:20 pm

      You definitely should, and let me know when you think! It was so great here ☺️

    • Beka
      January 21, 2019 / 2:15 pm

      Hahaha, I will allow it 😂 honestly, I would’ve done the same and tried them all if I wasn’t driving 🙈

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