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!
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!
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.
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.
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,