Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few years, you should be well aware of the insane pizzas that the girls from Scream for Pizza have been knocking out, via their gold pizza wagon of dreams. 2019 sees the Screamers moving in to their own bricks and mortar restaurant and I had to check it out!
I headed along in May as a birthday treat (as if you need a reason for good pizza?) and landed at 12ish on a Sunday.
Operating on a walk up basis for small groups, the small but cosy restaurant fills up fast but things move quite quickly. The open kitchen design allows you to see your pizza being prepared and fired before it wings it way to your table.
The menu has a good selection of red and white pizzas for both meat lovers, veggies and vegans alike. The nibbles offering definitely held our attention. I can definitely vouch for the concept of Mozzarella of the week. It’s like they could see in to our minds!
Starting with the Mozzarella of the week (£7) which happened to be a gooey burrata with fresh summery peas, pesto and prosciutto. It’s the kind of thing I have had day dreams about ever since. I thought it was exceptional value for money as it was definitely shareable – not that I did!
With all pizzas being served as a 12″ base, I opted for the Ham Royale (£11) – House tomato sauce, chestnut mushrooms, peccorino, prosciutto cotto, olives, wild oregano and garlic oil. Seemingly a ‘plain’ ham and mushroom pizza was a solid offering and absolutely delicious. The quick fired base stayed crisp and firm under the toppings and held up well to a good old fashion crust dunking in the warm Vodka Bacon sauce (£3) which was an interesting addition.
My dining partner went for the veggie friendly white pizza Sweet Cheesus (£11) – Ricotta base, slow roasted tomatoes, house basil pesto, scamorza, mozzarella and parmesan. An absolute cheese lovers dream pizza without being wet and sloppy, which can often be the case.
I found the value for money here to be outstanding for what we had and the additional toppings represented a cost effective way to perfect your own personal pizza. As my veggie companion has struggled before with similar style restaurants, making a veggie pizza that’s packed with goodness can be bloody expensive.
The one thing that is a nice nod to supporting other local independents is the supplier list. Scream for Pizza are supplied with bread from Northern Rye and their cool, branded plates are from Ouseburn stalwart Kiln.
If you can’t make it along to the new Scream for Pizza restaurant, you can still pick up their goodies at the Hawkrs market at By The River Brew Co and at other local pop ups over the summer months.