THERE WAS A CHILL IN THE AIR AND YET ANOTHER SUDDEN DOWNPOUR. WHAT TO DO? HIS & HERS HAD NO DOUBT THAT THE PLACE TO BE WAS SANTA MALUCO ON CASTLE STREET, LIVERPOOL.
Words: Jean Hill
It is part of the Graffiti Spirit Group that has taken Liverpool by storm. There is small intimate seating, and there are long tables for when you are here with a gang. The décor has an authentic feel. I can remember finding a pizza place in a back street in Venice that looked very much like it. I liked the metal seats that felt like a design statement. The manager greeted me with a large glass of Malbec, which is a very warm welcome indeed, but it is all about the pizza. They come with a Brazilian twist, which means the fillings are both intricate and substantial.
The service is stunningly good. It is hard to keep up. For me, Rodizio is the way forward, in that you get to try a selection of authentic pizzas. We would not have wanted to miss any that we sampled. A slice of Green House was awesome with charred aubergine, goats’ cheese, peppers and spinach. Yet Leonardo de Veggie added mozzarella to that mix in a delightful way. Then the Santa Palpetta offered pork and beef meatballs with mozzarella and parmesan. It is a feast. You eat as much as you like for a fixed price. Technically the pizza base is thin, crispy and tasty, which makes it perfect. The choice is vast. You cannot manage to eat everything on the menu, yet you want to. Michelle, who served us on the night, was friendly, so efficient I thought she must be on skates, and really informative about what was on offer.
On a Sunday or Monday you can get Rodizio style for £10, which is too good to miss. There are salads, including my favourite, Waldorf. There are dessert pizzas, no really there are. It is an intriguing, interesting place to eat, that seems to buzz with activity. It comes highly recommended. It was probably still raining when we left, but we didn’t notice.
Tel: 0151 2365646
For similar features and occasional talk of pizza, visit our food & drink page.