I LOVE Italian food, who doesn’t?! Pizza is one of my absolute favourites. Combine that with zesty cocktails, passionate staff and the beautiful backdrop of Cambridge, and you have got yourself the perfect setting for a mouth-wateringly delicious lunch.
I was very kindly invited along to try out the newly opened Jamie’s Pizzeria in Cambridge. I have been to the restaurant itself a couple of times and always had a good experience, so I was more than willing to accept the invite for pizza!
After a spot of shopping in the morning, my boyfriend, Patch, and I headed over to the Pizzeria for a bite to eat. As you enter the building, you are completely hit with the smell of fresh, rustic pizza- we knew
straight away this was going to be a good meal! The pizzeria is situated upstairs, above the normal restaurant, and has a really cool urban vibe to it. I loved all the mis-matched chairs and wooden décor. We were very warmly welcomed and given the choice of any table we wanted, so obviously opted for a
nice window seat with the sun shining in. The day we went was beautiful outside, with bright blue sky, so it was nice to be able to sit next to an open window and still feel warm!
Above the bar was a blackboard filled with cocktails, which I obviously had to try! So I went for the Aperol Spritz, a mix Aperol, tonic and prosecco, recommended by our waitress as light and refreshing. It certainly didn’t disappoint- but then again, nothing with prosecco ever does! Patch unsurprisingly opted for a Negroni, his favourite and supposedly necessary apperativo. It consists of Campari, Gin, Martini Rosso and lots of ice- a nice drink to have before a meal.
For starters we decided to go for garlic bread with sundried tomato and olive tapenade, and oh my gosh it was good. The tapenade had the perfect amount of spice to it, making it a delicious addition. There was also plenty of it to go with the olive oil soaked bread, which was more like a light and crispy focaccia.
Onto the mains, Patch went for the spicy meatball pizza and I went for ‘The Parma’. Both pizzas were absolutely divine. With a fresh tomato sauce and crispy stone baked base, they were the most perfect pizzas. Both were very generous with the toppings, without overdoing it. It just tasted so fresh and well- made, that you couldn’t want any more from it.
Of course we had to go for dessert as well. After seeing the words ‘Epic Brownie’ on the menu, I knew what I wanted! But unfortunately there were none left, and instead it had been replaced with orange polenta cake – Patch’s absolute fave. So he went for that and I went for one scoop of vanilla ice cream and one honeycomb. The polenta cake was something else. It was melt-in-the-mouth delicious and probably one of the best polenta cakes Patch and I have ever tried.
After being there for nearly two hours, we never felt rushed at any point. Both of us said at the end of the meal that we will be coming back again soon. The food and service was quite simply amazing. As a meal out for a special occasion or for a spot of light lunch, the menu is perfectly priced for both. Everything is very affordable and you know you will be getting quality, authentic food. Both the waitresses we had were passionate and knowledgeable about the menu, something very important I find when never having been to the pizzeria before. It shows care and enthusiasm for what they do, making the whole experience even better.
*I was provided with a voucher to review the pizzeria, but all thoughts are 100% honest and all my own.