We tried Rudy's Pizza in Nottingham to see if it's worth the hype

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The pizza was good but it was the dessert which stole the show

Let's be real, you can never go wrong with pizza. It's one of life's greatest pleasures, I mean what's not to love about bread and cheese?

Rudy’s Pizza, a neighbourhood restaurant serving pizza, coffee and dessert, opened in Victoria Street, Nottingham last year.

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Since its opening, it has become the talk of social media with people going crazy for its Neapolitan pizzas.

Rudy’s has settled in well inside the Grade II building that housed former fashionable tenants French Connection.

Lofty ceilings, magnificent marble pillars, and floors, plus those lamplights that look like giant moons can feel as if you’re dining in a fabulous interior designer’s office.

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The compact menu means it is easy to make a choice. Great for the indecisive foodies among us.

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In addition to 13 pizzas, there are also chef specials on the blackboard.

I ordered the Salsiccia pizza from the blackboard, which is topped with San Marzano tomatoes, fior di latte, chilli sausage and chilli flakes.

We ordered two pizzas, Salsiccia (left) and Tonno (right) | Image Ria GheiWe ordered two pizzas, Salsiccia (left) and Tonno (right) | Image Ria Ghei
We ordered two pizzas, Salsiccia (left) and Tonno (right) | Image Ria Ghei | Ria Ghei

It was large, the base was light and the crust had a nice chew. All the makings of a great pizza.

I enjoyed eating it, but to be honest I couldn’t taste the chilli in the chilli sausage.

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I would have liked to see more toppings and a little bit more cheese.

And in the interest of being ultra finnicky, I think there needed to be a more uniform spread of the toppings across the base.

My dining partner had the Tonno pizza, which came topped with San Marzano tomatoes, fior di latte, roquito peppers, fresh chilli and tuna.

Tonno Pizza came with a tuna topping | Image Ria GheiTonno Pizza came with a tuna topping | Image Ria Ghei
Tonno Pizza came with a tuna topping | Image Ria Ghei | Ria Ghei

This was the winning dish at the table, owing to its good mix of fire, tang, and fish.

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Again, I would have liked to see more topping, as it felt there was just a liberal sprinkling of tuna, but overall, the flavour combination was good.

A good dessert rounds off a meal which is why I ordered Rudy’s Rum Baba.

Squidgy. tender crumbed sponge with light cherry accent was a joy to wolf down | Image Ria GheiSquidgy. tender crumbed sponge with light cherry accent was a joy to wolf down | Image Ria Ghei
Squidgy. tender crumbed sponge with light cherry accent was a joy to wolf down | Image Ria Ghei | Ria Ghei

I don’t see rum babas very often, which is why I was initially surprised to see it on a pizzeria’s menu.

Rum-soaked sponge with cream and a cherry was so good, that I very nearly ordered another one to take home with me.

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The boozy treat is a grown-up, decadent dessert that made me almost not want to leave Rudy’s Nottingham, because wouldn’t it be amazing if I could enjoy limitless Rudy’s Rum Babas - Forever?

Customer service from Hattie and the team was excellent with warm, welcoming smiles that brightened up my day.

Being able to see chefs cook from the pass also felt special, because it created a more intimate dining experience. 

It is that rum baba dessert that has guaranteed my return to Rudy’s Nottingham, and I look forward to exploring more of this pizzeria’s menu.

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What we ate and drank at Rudy’s Pizza Nottingham

San Pellegrino Blood Orange £3.25

Poretti £5.90

Salsiccia Pizza £13.90

Tonno Pizza £11.70

Rudy’s Rum Baba £6.50

Total (not including service charge) £41.25

Address: 6 Victoria Street, Nottingham NG1 2EW

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