Last night I am pretty sure I tasted the best pizza in Bristol at the newly opened PI Shop owned by the infamous Sanchez brothers of Casa Mia fame.
Earlier this year they moved their Michelin star restaurant from Westbury-on-Trym to the restored grade 11 listed grandeur of the old Victorian General Hospital, an iconic historic building in the centre of Bristol. Read more about its heritage here. Across the stone tunnel from Casa Mia the Sanchez brothers have opened the Pi Shop, serving a delicious combination of cocktails, pizza and ice-cream with an enviable view over Bristol Harbourside.
The restaurant has been designed with simplistic clean lines, amongst the curved structure of the old stone building. There is lots and lots of white, with the warm contrast of rose gold, as a stylist I want to say accessories. The main focus of this rose gold is the enormous wood fired pizza oven in the open plan kitchen, out of which comes the delicious aroma of freshly baked pizza.
My only niggle is that you can’t book a table, but then that is a common restaurant theme these days. As luck would have it or not, last night at 8 pm there wasn’t a table immediately available. However, to soften the blow we sat at the bar and whilst salivating at those freshly baked pizzas coming out of the oven, did the only sensible thing and ordered cocktails! I ordered a rhubarb, strawberry & basil Bellini and my PIC (partner in crime) for the evening a Negroni made by affable Manager Camille, an expert mixologist in my view! It was a matter of 10 minutes before a table was ready and our waitress helpfully took our drinks to our waiting table, which I was glad of so as not to spill any!
Going with what is says on the tin we ordered pizza. I ordered a specialty JR (nothing to do with Dallas!) black olives, anchovies and basil, worth noting that a £1 of every JR pizza goes to the SKCIN charity. PIC went for a standard Margherita. We washed our pizza’s down in the classic Italian way with a bottle of very drinkable Chianti. A charming waitress asked our empty plates if we had enjoyed the pizza, sadly we had to inform her we had absolutely no room for the offered ice-cream. Total bill for the night a very reasonable £60. Living on Bristol Harbourside I am spoilt for choice but this place will be revisited and revisited. Also worth noting the brothers are in the process of opening Paco, a Spanish Tapas restaurant right next door, check in on the main website for the opening date.
What I wore: as if in sync with the restaurant I also went for clean simple lines adding in colour and contrast with orange and green accessories:
Grey Trousers, banana republic (past season, similar here). Cream top, Coast shoes, Caroll Paris (bought on holiday, similar here). Belt (very old), with an emerald green necklace (a gift so I can’t search!) and vintage watch.