Celebrate National Pizza Day at Bournemouth's top spots

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The perfect excuse for a mid-week pizza party is this Wednesday (9th February 2022) and we have complied a list of 5 dining out options you may not have tried yet in Bournemouth. With a range of affordable options, such as £7 for a margherita to the best tasting pizza's in town (Baffi's parmesan on their pizza is a game changer) there is an option for everyone. It is likely you’ve all been to Pizza Express, Prezzo and those classic Italian chains in the UK, not to mention Dominoes, Papa Johns and Pizza Hut for a lazy takeaway, but these spots are a must try while you are in Bournemouth. However, if you do not feel like going out to eat, scroll down to the end for the easiest and cheapest homemade pizza recipe to make with your friends this wednesday.  

(Not sponsored by any places mentioned... unfortunately) 

1. Baffi 

If you have not been to Baffi’s yet – you need to! Specialising in wood fired authentic Neopolitan pizza, this restaurant is for those who like a thin base and fluffy crust. There is an extensive range of both meaty and vegetarian options – or you can even swap to Vegan cheese for free. According to them, the key to their never disappointing flavour is the fresh, simple, and quality ingredients and all their pizzas are served with fior di latte mozzarella, parmesan, basil, and a tomato base. With one restaurant near Sandbanks and one in Southbourne, this pizza heaven is only a short drive, bus or beryl bike away. If you have a big appetite, their starters also include bruschetta, garlic bread or our recommendation: the rosemary and sea salt dough strips with dips.  

Ioan Fowler, a Bournemouth University Business Management student said, ‘what I love about Baffi’s pizza is that they genuinely try hard and deliver well on what they do, something that’s not really shown by other businesses in Bournemouth. Big chains like Dominoes don’t show the same attention and care that Baffi does to its product and customers.’ 

(Photo by Isabelle Ross at Baffi's in Southbourne. This pizza was NO.19 - goats cheese, caramelised onion, black olives and garlic)

2. Franco Manca

Located in the centre of Bournemouth town, this sourdough pizza spot is not just easy to get to, but affordable and fresh. Their cheapest pizza starts at £5.55, a classic margherita is only £7.25 and all pizzas are under £10 (not including service change). You can swap to Violife vegan cheese for a vegan option and gluten free bases are also available. A range of Italian wines are available, as well as cocktails, beers, and other drinks to celebrate national pizza day. To end your meal on a sweet note, why not try their dreamy Italian classic: tiramisu.  

3. The Stable 

Starting from £8.75 for a margherita pizza, this chain restaurant serves up sourdough pizzas and even features 2 vegan options including a veganised pepperoni pizza and an onion bhaji pizza (intrigued?) including squash, spinach, plant-based mozzarella, pickled red cabbage, onion bhaji and a curried mango drizzle. If there is a friend in the group who is not big on pizza, The Stable also serve up three different mac n cheeses, and there’s a baked camembert that is a perfect sharing starter. The other key element to your meal here is to accompany your pizza with a cider from their very extensive selection.  

4. The Wood Oven

Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and beautiful sea views while you devour this wood-fired pizza. Although they are not open on Wednesday, wait until Friday (open 4-8pm) or enjoy at the weekend (open Saturday 12-8pm and Sunday 12-4pm). Located right by Boscombe pier, you can enjoy it in a takeaway box on the beach in the winter sunshine (ideally). They also provide vegan cheese swap and gluten free bases. The price start at £12 for a margherita so on the pricier side but it is worth it for the location. They also offer chocolate dough balls... 

5. Forno Soughdough Pizza Bar 

For an affordable student meal out, this place is perfect and serves up a large range of pizzas starting at £7 for a 12-inch margherita. All pizzas are available at 18-inches which is perfect for sharing. On Wednesday they are open for lunch 12-3pm and if you fancy dinner they are open every day at 5-10pm. Dessert options include chocolate brownie or Tiramisu for only £5 each. OR you can order online and even try their £10 make your own sourdough pizza kit – enough for two pizzas (although minimum order spend is £20 so make sure to get enough friends involved).   

Make your own! 

If you want to go one step further than Forno’s DIY pizza kit, you can easily make your own dough with just a few cheap ingredients and top your pizza’s with whatever you desire. Try this no-yeast recipe that only requires plain flour, baking powder, salt and oil! 

Send us any of your pizza creations on Instagram - or let us know what you think of the pizza spots we recommended! @nervenow_bu

 

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