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Peepo, Italian Restaurant Bridgnorth

Peepo Pizza Bridgnorth

Peepo Pizza Bridgnorth

Peepo Pizza…

Bridgnorth isn’t known for its high street brands or innovative cuisine – bar a few exceptions – its not quite Ludlow….However, in the past twelve months there have been a couple of creations which are good enough to become regional success stories, and possibly even nationals. Until now, we had Casa Ruiz, the authentic Spanish tapas, serving the tasty dishes how they should be, and following the Spanish theme right through to 100% Spanish wine menu. Now they have opened a second in Shrewsbury, with good feedback to date.

We may have another seed that has been planted on the high street, at the other end, right below the famous arch –“Peepo” which I understand can mean many things, but in this case is an Authentic Italian Pizzeria, serving simple dishes, created with a little flair, and a good handful of locally sourced ingredients. Locally sourced? Italian? Well, the meats are all from Italy, but expertly sourced by Bridgnorth Deli, the fresh dough uses ‘proper’ Italian “00” flour, (low in gluten, and light to eat) milled and prepped into pizza dough, at a Bridgnorth based Whitneys bakery – and other meats included in pizzas like the ‘Mucho Meat’ pizza, are again from local butchers….not the ‘local’ that would win Rosettes, but supporting local suppliers, gets my vote.

So what about the food? I’ll come to that in a minute – As not only is it easy to mess up good locally sourced speciality ingredients, but it is also easy to mess up the all-important environment that you eat it in – well, they have got that spot on too – during the day the minimalist decor is fresh and welcoming, as are the friendly young team, the tables are uncluttered, with a pot of fresh herbs, place mats – which double up as menus – and salt & pepper mill. A well stocked bar – and open plan gleaming new kitchen – all offer themselves as re-assuring signals and an air of professionalism.

We dined at night – a Thursday 8.30pm – second week of opening, I thought quiet, but though I was right, I was not fully right – I was informed they had already served 55 covers before 8pm “We appear to be very popular with young families” enthuses the proprietor Phil “We seem to have an instant Italian family appeal, and couples come out before they go into town or the cinema” added Phil.

So, what are they all so excited about? We started with the cream of cauliflower soup, and garlic pizza bread, and chose a bottle of Bardolino house. The wine quickly arrived, professionally presented and served, and was very pleasant, then the starters soon after. By the time they did, the restaurant already had another 4 tables come in, two of which were clearly repeat visits. The soup was a welcomed start with it being so cold out, a good depth of flavour, as well as being refreshing – a good accompaniment to the highly ‘dunkable’ garlic pizza – and yes, they had got the base spot on.

While we waited for our mains, we noted groups of people disappearing upstairs with drinks, and others leaving, laughing and seemingly full of high ‘spirits’ – upon asking, the waitress explained they have a private pre-and post dinner lounge upstairs which is already proving popular with youngsters (thirty somethings it seemed to me, phew!). We both had chosen pizza’s – after all when in a Bridgnorth Pizzeria – both twelve inches, and as rustic as any trattoria, none of your Pizza Hut perfectly formed circles with a crust you have to try and see over – these were thin, crisp, light and rustic….mine even had a corner – I chose the Prosciutto – brimming with ham, fresh rocket and shavings of slowly melting parmesan – as a bit of a novelty I opted for their offer of ‘middle out, salad in’ – great idea – almost health food! My guest pushed the ‘boat’ out and chose the Chilli prawn and Crab – again, generous on the ingredients, and the prawns remained tender, and the crab retained its light flavour. By now we were well into the swing of things, and ‘tried’ a second bottle, this time a ‘nice Chianti – again, unoffensive, and a little more full bodied.

By now, the restaurant resembled a Saturday night, with groups, couples, and families with teenagers – nice to see – they were really turning out those pizzas – I asked about the supply –“We make enough fresh doughs for each sitting” commented Phil “I must admit though, we have been packed out today, and luckily made an extra batch, otherwise we would be running low” – Not good in a pizzeria, I commented – but as they say when things are fresh, ‘when they are gone, they are gone!’ There is a good range of pastas on the menu, and salads, so I am sure no-one would starve.

On to the desserts – not that we needed any – but the Affogato sounded intriguing, and not too filling ‘A single espresso, with a scoop of vanilla gelato – I chose just the gelato selection – Last time I was in Venice I ate 13 flavours in one day, so i know my gelato from my gloopy over processed UK ice cream! The Chocolate truffle pizza dessert also sounded intriguing, but didn’t want to over stretch the pizza dough rations! The desserts were good, like any true Italian, and yep, I could work my way through a few scoops of the gelato.

After the meal, we couldn’t resist a trip upstairs, and grabbed a couple of mean cocktails from Phil – whom I later discovered is an award winning “mixologist” in both London & Sydney – and I can see why. My ‘Peeps’ Campari went down a treat – whilst relaxing on a sofa in the rather stylish ‘Peepo lounge’ overlooking the high street.

With excellent service, authentic Italian food, award winning cocktails, this balanced simple menu, I do wonder how many other high streets I will be ‘Peepo-ing’ over in the coming years!

Peepo Restaurant Sample Menu For more information on Peepo Bridgnorth: 01746 766220

Website Peepo Restaurant Bridgnorth

Peepo Restaurant Bridgnorth High Street

Peepo Restaurant Bridgnorth High Street

Peepo Restaurant Interior

Peepo Restaurant Interior

Peepo Restaurant Cocktails Bar

Peepo Restaurant Cocktails Bar

Peepo Upstairs Cocktail Lounge

Peepo Upstairs Cocktail Lounge

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