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Real Italian Pizza Company, Bath

6 Dec

Four seasons in one minute (almost)


Being a man with a ridiculously high metabolism who needs serious carb fuel roughly every two to three hours, pizza has long been a diet staple of mine. Sometimes there’s no substitute for food that can just be picked up and shoved straight into the face like a furnace being stoked.

But it’s still got to taste good; few things in my life bring on an over-dramatic tantrum faster than the Weak Pizza. So when an email from one of my colleagues pings into my inbox suggesting an after work trip to Bath’s Real Italian Pizza Co – and is followed up by some downright greedy responses from others on the list – I’m drooling hard.

It being the week before payday, no-one is feeling particularly flush – but no matter, the RIPC also generously has an ongoing policy of matching any current offer from the big chains such as Pizza Express or Zizzi. In other words, rock up carrying a voucher from a competitor restaurant, and it’ll be honoured.

In the event, just making it over to the restaurant proves a struggle. Bath Christmas market is newly under way, meaning the route is littered with food scents fine enough to drag even the most determined pizza seeker off course. At length though, we’re there and in business.

In keeping with the simple eats being discussed, there’s actually not much need to dwell on the meal itself. The inside of the Pizza Co is clean and functional, and cold Peronis (three varieties are available) arrive quickly. Crucially, though, the pizza bases are thin but not over-crunchy, the sauce is sufficiently jam-like and garlicky, the anchovies and olives are moist and tangy, and the pepperoni is pungent and thickly sliced.

It’s not quite Gone In 60 Seconds, but not far away. The bill comes to around £9 per head. There’s no good reason not to go there, really.

The Real Italian Pizza Company is at 17 York Street, Bath BA1 1NG

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Mission Burrito, Bath

18 Sep

I lined up with my colleagues in the middle of a downpour a couple of weeks ago, as the new branch of small ‘Cal-Mex’ chain Mission Burrito was opening in Bath – and they were giving away burritos for free.


Despite loving Mexican food, I must admit my giddy excitement was tinged with a degree of cynicism about Mission Burrito, mainly because the spiel on their website rather bangs on about offering an ‘authentic experience’ – something that inevitably carries a slight tang of BS about it.

To recap, the Mission District in San Francisco (ironically somewhere that has fought a battle against being commodified and gentrified over the past 15 years) was the birthplace of a different breed of burrito. It’s a flavour of the area’s taquerias that Mission Burrito UK, also with branches in Reading, Bristol and Oxford, claims to offer.

The presence of a mariachi band, looking bemused in the pissing rain, failed to convince me that I was in urban California, but did keep people in the hour-long queue amused (or annoyed). The process of getting served is identical to other Mex fast-food outlets such as Manchester’s excellent, benchmark-setting Barburrito, ie you choose from fillings Subway-style, but with the promise of better food at the end. Credit to Mission’s staff for turning out hundreds of the damn things like clockwork.

So was it worth the wait? Well, my carnitas (shredded slow-roasted pork) burrito could have contained a tad more meat, but what was in there was delicious. So too was the smoky chipotle salsa (the menu offers four sauces to choose from, from the lily-livered Pico de Gallo to the mouth-threatening Habanero). The tortilla encasing it wasn’t a soggy specimen such as Bristol Culture encountered on a previous free burrito day. And – bonus – I felt like I’d actually eaten something decent and solid, and was still full three hours later. As were most of my workmates.

Obviously for zero cash, Mission was unlikely to disappoint, but I’d be happy to recommend shelling out the fiver that a burrito will set you back under normal circumstances. The chain needn’t try so hard to be the real this or that; they can stand on the strength of their food.

Mission Burrito is at 4 New Street, Bath BA1 2AF