Brighton’s pizza scene has exploded in a cloud of 00 flour in recent years with a multitude of excellent pizza restaurants and pop-ups ‘popping up’ across the city. Having tried several of these in recent years (probably far too many) when I was offered the chance to try a new offering from some seasoned Pizzaiolos I jumped at the chance.
Antonio and Nicholas from The Real Italian Pizza company serve a small but perfectly formed menu of authentic Italian pizzas, fresh from their wood fired brick pizza oven, from their van based on Dyke Road just off of Seven Dials Brighton.
With a range of meaty, veggie and even vegan options you’re sure to find something to take your fancy. Also, all of their pizzas are served on a tasty sour dough base which, according to Antonio, means that you’re getting your pizza fix with slightly less calories than your usual takeaway options, what could be better than that?
As well as serving up the pizzas from their van, straight to the hungry public, they deliver through Deliveroo, Just Eat and Hungry House meaning you can get your pizza fix straight to your doorstep too.
We were recently sent several of their most popular pizzas to the BN1 office to try out. First up, was a veggie option; The Goats Cheese with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, rosemary, red onion, sun-dried tomatoes and extra virgin olive oil (£9). The creamy goats cheese really set off the tangy sun dried tomatoes. Next was the Special Pizza (£9) with mozzarella cheese, parma ham, rocket, parmesan cheese and extra virgin olive oil. This was really fresh and piled high with crunchy rocket and parmesan shavings with the delicious parma ham hidden underneath as a nice surprise. Third was the Capricciosa with tomato sauce, mozzarella, parma ham, Italian salami, olives, red onion and extra virgin olive oil (£9). A really meaty mouthful, full of flavour and nice and saucy. Finally, with bellies very full, we tried the Salami with tomato sauce, mozzarella, Italian salami, black olives, basil and extra virgin olive oil. Nice and simple but flavourful none the less.
These guys really don’t skimp on toppings with any of their pizzas, meaning you get a good mouthful of flavour with every bite. Also all of their pizzas come in a hearty 10 inch size and their signature tomato sauce base is really juicy but somehow the base of the pizza remains nice and crunchy at the same time.
From all of the pizza places our fine city has to offer, The Real Italian Pizza Company really is up there with the best. If you’re up near the van some hungry lunchtime, or craving a pizza fix delivered to your door after a particularly heavy night, then i’d wholeheartedly recommend you give these guys a go.
The Real Italian Pizza Company van is at 167 Dyke Road, Brighton opposite the large The Co-operative.