An Italian told me where to buy the best pizza in Liverpool so I went to try it for myself – Jess Flaherty

In my humble opinion, there’s no greater food than pizza and I’m always on the lookout for the best incarnation of the God-tier food.

Recently, I experienced the pleasure of a delightful vegetarian pesto medley from fast-food giant Domino’s but my obsession with pizza knows no bounds. When chatting with a new Italian friend, who moved to the city last year, I quizzed them on where they think the most authentic Italian pizza can be purchased in Liverpool.

There’s no shortage of amazing restaurants in the city, with plenty serving up delectable and decadent pizzas at reasonable prices. There’s Crust, with two venues both offering perfect, fresh bases; firm favorite Casa Italia with an impressive selection of pizza, pasta and more, plus plenty of others well worth a visit.

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But, according to my Italian pal, one venue reigns supreme – Rudy’s Pizza. The popular food haunt boasts two venues in the city, one on Castle Street and a newer spot on Bold Street.

After such high praise from my friend, I was keen to try it out and see if it lived up to the hype. We arrived at the Bold Street venue on a busy Friday evening and were seated at the bar which wraps around the open kitchen, where you can watch the chefs in action.

Rudy’s Portobello pizza

The decor promotes a relaxed atmosphere, even though the restaurant was packed to the rafters. There’s stylish exposed brick and piping, with rustic wooden seating that’s accentuated by pops of color provided by modern art and plants.

I was surprised at how tranquil the venue was, expecting to feel harassed and irate by its busyness – particularly when factoring in its location in such a bustling part of the city. Though the staff may firmly disagree with me, I felt calm and at ease – almost like I’d stepped away from Liverpool and found myself in a rural Italian town, instead.

The menu offers 14 Neapolitan pizzas, which can be adapted to suit your preferences or dietary requirements, and all are reasonably priced. I chose the Portobello (£8.25), which includes San Marzano tomato, fior di latte, portobello mushroom, basil, oregano, sea salt, Parmesan and garlic oil. I chose to forgo the parmesan because Rudy’s parmesan isn’t vegetarian – it contains animal rennet.

My boyfriend, always keen to accompany me on any pizza testing outings, chose the Capriccosa (£9.90), which is made with San Marzano tomato, fior di latte, parmesan, prosciutto cotto, kalamata olives, portobello mushroom, artichoke hearts, basil and extra virgin olive oil. Also a vegetarian, he asked for no meat which was easily accommodated.

To start our meal, we had the Veggie Campana, which costs £9.50 and serves two. It’s made up of vegetarian bufala, roasted peppers and artichokes, toasted almonds, mixed olives, wild rocket and semi-dried tomato, with a generous serving of house bread. It was a giant plate of perfection, with every item well seasoned and prepared, offering bursts of fresh, tantalising flavours.

The delightful Veggie Campana from Rudy's Pizza
The delightful Veggie Campana from Rudy’s Pizza

When the pizzas arrived, our meal soared from a solid eight out of 10 to an easy 10/10 as both pizzas were completely incredible. With every bite, I felt utter joy at the concoction of perfectly blended flavors and textures, while also feeling rather sad that the delightful experience would soon be coming to an end.

The bases were soft and doughy and required two hands to pick up a slice, ensuring tucking in became a slightly messy affair – though it was completely worth it. This pizza might just be the best I’ve ever eaten and believe me, I’ve eaten a lot of pizza.

To quote The Terminator, I’ll be back. I also wholeheartedly recommend giving Rudy’s a try.

Rudy’s can be found at 3-7 Castle Street, L2 4SW and at 107 Bold Street, L1 4HL. You can book a table here.

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