Pepe Nero review: perfect pre-cinema pizza

It was a Tuesday night, it was snowing, and only a movie and some food could warm the chill that we were feeling a couple of weeks ago. Fortunately we took our Italian friend’s recommendation of somewhere to eat pre-cinema, instead of the usual corporate options consisting of processed foods and disappointment.

Pepe Nero, to my surprise, has been serving delicious, homemade pizza since November 2011. How I have not heard of this before is beyond me, but boy am I glad we found it, sitting nonchalantly on Bond St, within perfect walking distance of the cinema.

Pepe Nero Pizza 2

Admittedly, it doesn’t look like much on the outside, but in my experience that is a good thing. Don’t expect much from the décor inside either; think rustic, authentic pizzeria with plastic green and white chequered tablecloths, bright colours and cardboard menus.

But frankly, who cares what it looks like when the food is as good as this. It is relaxed, the staff/owners are attentive and friendly and the pizza menu is vast, including a whole vegan section, separate vegetarian section and some interesting options. Plus, all ingredients are now organic!

We went for my favourite kind of pizza, the Napoli, with capers, anchovies and olives, as well as a less conventional option – I can’t remember the name, but it consisted of smoked cheese and speck. We also ordered a salad to share and a glass of red and a Peroni to wash it down with.

Pepe Nero pizza

About 15 minutes later and we were merrily tucking in to what I can only describe as the best pizza I have had in Bristol. They are big, but the bases are so thin and crispy that they somehow appear light. We managed to finish both and the crisp, fresh salad.

Pepe Nero Salad

To be honest it was all a bit surreal, for as a blizzard blew outside and cars queued up on the M32 roundabout, we could easily have been sat in a Puglian ristorante quaffing decent table wine and authentic beer with our Mediterranean salad and pizzas. But instead, we headed to the cinema, where we struggled to stay awake as our happy bellies digested our veritable feast.

But don’t just save it for cinema nights! If you are down that way and at a loose end, pop in, you won’t regret it. Pizzas are under a tenner and the salad was £4.50 to share. Oh, and I almost forgot, they deliver too – say goodbye to Domino’s!


22 Bond st
0117 926 8057

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