Bristol is obsessed with pizza – and I don’t use that term lightly.
Around every corner there seems to be a new pizzeria opening up and recently, Kav the manager of Ronak decided to jump on the bandwagon with Bristol Home Bites. A pizzeria/café inspired by Kav’s trips to Italy, this new venture has been in the pipeline for a while however it only came into fruition on the 4th September, opening on Bishopthorpe Road near Southmead.
As you would expect from a pizzeria, the menu boasts all the classics alongside other meat, veggie and seafood options. However Bristol Home Bites also have a selection of pasta, risotto and burger options too if you’re not in a pizza mood.
When we arrived, it quickly became evident that Bristol Home Bites is primarily a takeaway given the very limited amount of seating they have there but we chose to sit inside anyway, perching on the table closest to the window before we began our Italian feast.
First we were brought a taster of the Gamberoni Piccanti, tiger prawns fried in butter, chilli and garlic with dough sticks (£4.95), to accompany our garlic mushrooms (£4.45) and brushetta (£3.95). All three starters were delicious and full of flavour without the chilli or garlic being too overpowering but the surprise prawn starter was probably my favourite with plenty of juices at the bottom of the dish for us to dunk our warm dough sticks into.
My choice of mains was a no-brainer once I saw lasagne (£6.95) on the menu (I am a human incarnation of Garfield), whilst my Dad chose the wood-fired chicken and pig pizza (£9.95). Under staff recommendation we also had a Mediterranean salad to share.
I’ll be honest with you, when my lasagne arrived in all its glory, I was a little disappointed by the taste of it. With breadcrumbs on the top, the dish had an unfamiliar crunchy texture to it and lacked the strong, creamy cheesy flavour I adore, the tomato base could also have done with a splash of red wine – but then maybe that’s just my personal preference.
My Dad’s pizza on the other hand went down well. He did feel the base was a touch dry and “not very exciting” which let it down slightly but he enjoyed the pizza as a whole and was pleasantly surprised when he found he needed to take some of it home because he was so full. A rare occurrence for the Fox family.
When it came to dessert, I had already been defeated by the copious amounts of dough sticks and lasagne but my Dad ordered a generous slice of carrot cake to take home.
In all, I would consider Bristol Home Bites to be more of a takeout than a restaurant given the layout and location of it. However the staff, as they are at Ronak, are more than welcoming and the prices are very reasonable. The pizzas are definitely Bristol Home Bites’ main asset although their wide range of pasta and risotto dishes could well be worth a look in too.
48 Bishopthorpe Rd, Bristol BS10 5AD
Please Note: Whilst our meals were complimentary, all opinions are my own. The rights to the photography also belong to me.