Ace Pizza (where Barollo used to be) was a place that at first I didnt really feel the need to investigate. I mean a pizza is a pizza right...... perhaps I was mistaken.
We booked the table for 8pm and got there dead on time. Our first impression was not that great as we had a half hour wait and it made us think that perhaps better planning should have taken place in regards to the booking system. The place is clearly wildly popular so they need to get on top of that and maybe not even have a booking set up. Sometimes, as places such as Il Lido, it is easier to just go with the flow.
We were seated in a booth and were given a complimentary fried Mac and Cheese. This sounds a little unappealing. But no it was just amazing. It was the perfect sin. Shells of pasta with an incredibly cheesy sauce deep fried into cubes. I mean honestly it was cholesterol heaven. The wait for the table was instantly forgiven!! These guys are good!
For our official starter we had the occy, potato and olives. And oh my goodness this was unbelievable. Slices of pan fried potatoes with octopus tossed in an olive tapanade. It is definitely on my 'get up in the night for' list. So good. It really reminded me of something you may actually find in the rural areas of Italy. I cant say enough how good this was.
Being that it was a pizza joint we thought we should try one of the pizzas. It was a difficult choice as seriously they all sounded delish! We decided on the 'Baby Blue Eyes' - which is tomato, mozzarella, kale, house made sausage and garlic oil. It was a very unique pizza. And I use the term unique in a very positive way. I am in love with kale as it is and the fact that it was incorporated with a pizza was blissful.
I can without a shadow of doubt say this was one of the best meals I have had in quite some time. I think I have a new addiction, or maybe a whole plethora of them!
*****Added as an afterthought! - Now that I have eaten the Tiramisu Donut I am in mind boggled!! Who thought of that. It was so yummy. A round doughnut oozing with creamy Tiramisu. Perfection*****