Pizzamisu review: This epic Nottingham pizzeria is as close to Italy as you'll get without leaving the UK

From funky décor to pizzas so good you will wolf them down in minutes, Pizzamisú is a hit with us
Pizzamisú serves traditional Neapolitan pizza | Image Ria GheiPizzamisú serves traditional Neapolitan pizza | Image Ria Ghei
Pizzamisú serves traditional Neapolitan pizza | Image Ria Ghei

In recent years Nottingham has become somewhat of a foodie's paradise. With epic new restaurants popping up all over the place and top chefs cooking up a storm all over the city, we are well and truly spoiled for choice.

Three enticing pizza places - Pizzamisú, Pizza Pilgrims, and Rudy’s - are all within a few minutes walk from each other in Nottingham city centre.

On this occasion, I chose Pizzamisú for three reasons.

  1. A chef contact couldn’t stop raving about it.
  2. The name pays homage to one of my favourite desserts, tiramisu.
  3. Pizzamisú serves authentic Neapolitan pizzas. It has a certificate of authenticity from True Neapolitan Pizza Association whose noble mission is to ‘protect true Neapolitan pizza.’

Nestled on High Pavement among the cobbled streets of Lace Market, Pizzamisú is a relaxed eatery.  

However, it's perhaps not so chilled out about pineapple on pizza, which serves as a tongue-in-cheek warning to diners of what to expect.

Pineapple on pizza is a no-go at this traditional pizzeria | Image Ria GheiPineapple on pizza is a no-go at this traditional pizzeria | Image Ria Ghei
Pineapple on pizza is a no-go at this traditional pizzeria | Image Ria Ghei

The décor is eclectic, and attention-grabbing and leaves you in a state of whimsy.

Upside floral umbrellas, socks, and t-shirts hang from a washing line, and funky artwork adorns the walls.

The hanging clothes strung up on a washing line is inspired | Image Ria GheiThe hanging clothes strung up on a washing line is inspired | Image Ria Ghei
The hanging clothes strung up on a washing line is inspired | Image Ria Ghei

I love how the menu can fit on one sheet of paper because although I appreciate choice, sometimes, especially after a long day, I don’t need my brain to feel bombarded by multiple items.

I chose Diavola pizza with tomato, fior di latte mozzarella, spicy salame and chilli flakes.

Creamy fior di latte and ribbons of salame made me demolish my Diavola pizza | Image Ria GheiCreamy fior di latte and ribbons of salame made me demolish my Diavola pizza | Image Ria Ghei
Creamy fior di latte and ribbons of salame made me demolish my Diavola pizza | Image Ria Ghei

The base had a gloriously puffy crust with a slight chew, while the central part was thin yet robust enough to handle generous toppings.

Tomato sauce had a slight tang which worked well with the creamy mozzarella. 

I love spicy food and the punchy salame did not disappoint.

Unlike usual salami sausage medallions that can be found at other pizza restaurants, this consisted of ribbons of truly scrumptious meaty goodness.

It had the marbled quality of Wagyū beef, that I wish I had taken a photo of. 

I inhaled the pizza it was so good. 

At one point, there was tomato sauce dripping off my chin, but I was in heaven so I didn’t care that I may have looked like a hungry bear demolishing the pizza.

I am a sucker for a good rum baba, which unfortunately I don’t see on menus as often as I’d like.

Rum Baba Napoletano was an excellent end to a glorious meal | Image Ria GheiRum Baba Napoletano was an excellent end to a glorious meal | Image Ria Ghei
Rum Baba Napoletano was an excellent end to a glorious meal | Image Ria Ghei

The soft dough bun was split down the middle and filled with cream and chocolate.

The lightly whipped cream lifted the dish while milk chocolate shards set off caramelised nutty notes from the rum. 

It is easily one of the best things I have eaten in a while.

The shape of the Baba was very similar to the one I had at Rudy’s, I wonder if they have a similar recipe or supplier?

The restaurant has been open since 2021 and has built up a cult following (with that salame on the menu, that is totally understandable).

Service with a smile is what I live for, which is why Joss, Arta and Maria made my stay feel so enjoyable. If they are on service when you visit, you’re in for a treat.

The power of food is transformative. 

It can magically transport you to different countries, in the case of Pizzamisú, you get a taste of Naples without leaving Nottingham.

Good food can also make you forget - worries and bubbling thoughts of the day melted away when I sunk my teeth into that Diavola pizza.

Pizzamisú is hands down one of the best pizza places in Nottingham.

I cannot wait to work my way through its menu and next time, I will bring a bib. 

What we ate at Pizzamisú

Diavola Pizza £13.50 

Baba Napoletano £7.50

Total (not including drink or service charge) £21

Address: 9 High Pavement, Nottingham NG1 1HF