This week I was lucky enough to be invited to the soft launch of Rudy’s Birmingham. I’d been looking forward to it for weeks, basically stalking their Instagram as they set up their new restaurant.

A little bit about Rudy’s: they have several restaurants around the UK, they make their pizzas the proper Neapolitan way (in the pizza oven for 60 seconds), and their really worth the hype!

Pizza is my favourite food in the entire world and I am a self-professed pizza snob. Italian pizza is the best, and always will be. I had some fantastic authentic pizzas while in Australia (I actually worked in a family-run Italian restaurant in Melbourne where I ate amazing pizza everyday for 4 months). However, sometimes I struggle to find good pizzas in the UK (which is strange considering it’s very close to Italy). This has been changing recently with the opening of amazing pizza places, especially in Birmingham!

So, let’s begin –

To start with I had an amazing creamy burrata with fresh bread and rocket salad. The burrata was divine, and I’m not sure it could have been improved. My guests both ordered salads, and they seemed to thoroughly enjoy them too. I would definitely recommend getting a salad as a side dish.

🍽 Burrata, fresh Italian bread, rocket salad

For the main event, we all chose great pizzas! I went for my all-time favourite – tomato, mozzarella, prosciutto, rocket, extra virgin olive oil. The base was absolutely stunning – so thin, the crust so soft, and it really was reminiscent of a pizza I had in Naples a couple of months ago.

🍽 Tomato, mozzarella, prosciutto, rocket, extra virgin olive oil

One of my friends ordered the classic margarita but added some prosciutto (because who can resist?!). Again, this was stunning and I think next time I may just go for the classic margarita!

🍽 Tomato, mozzarella, prosciutto

The final pizza for the table was the Buffalina – a margarita but with buffalo mozzarella. It was exactly the way they do it in Naples – authenticity at it’s finest.

🍽 Tomato, buffalo mozzarella, basil

And the adventure didn’t stop there! Despite the fact that we were all so full that we were considering a quick nap, we powered on and ordered desserts (it would be rude not you, am I right?).

I opted for an Italian classic – tiramisu. Made fresh each day, this tiramisu was super creamy and the perfect size. Could have had more sponge for my liking, but I really enjoyed it all the same.

My friends ordered Sicilian lemon sorbet and a chocolate Tartufo (ice cream based dessert). I heard good things about both of them. I would highly recommend the desserts here and they’re very reasonably priced and not too large!

So all in all, I would say I loved my experience at Rudy’s. The food was beautiful, the staff were very friendly, and the restaurant itself was a large open space. If you love pizza you need to give Rudy’s a try! It officially opens Monday 22nd July – please note they don’t accept bookings!

NOTE: The entire meal was gifted, much thanks to Rudy’s Birmingham (@rudysbirmingham) but all opinions are my own.