Pizza at Paolo’s

Having longed to try Paolo’s Restaurant in Norwich for many months, I finally got some friends together and visited this week. Hurrah!

To be brutally honest, I will admit that I always expect to be disappointed with Italian restaurants in the UK – the ingredients are never quite fresh enough, the base isn’t quite authentic enough etc. But I was very pleasantly surprised by Paolo’s.

Anyway, after spending ages poring over the menu, trying to decide on just one pizza to try, I opted for the Italia and was mightily impressed when it came out. Larger than the dinner plate it was set on, the pizza base was thin and crispy, with spicy salami and delicious cheese, so it had a kick, but wasn’t too hot.

However, because it was so huge, it took me ages to eat. But I was not to be outdone and had to finish it, even though I felt fit to explode when I was finished.

It was all washed down with a bottle of delicious Montepulciano, which was recommended to us, and I would endorse it further for being fruity and smooth.

All in all, the pizza was very good value – my pizza was £8.50 and I literally couldn’t eat any more. They also offer a £6 Ravenna menu, which is available at selected times and is great for lunch.

The quality of the food, combined with the location mean I will definitely be heading back there soon.

Paolo’s Restaurant is located on St Giles Street in Norwich, adjacent to the City Council building (it used to be Refreshers, a pub that I was always to scared to go into).

To find out more and see their menu, visit the website.


Hi, I'm Lucy. I've lived in Norfolk since 2001 and in that time I've grown to love this fine county. From the city of Norwich, to the countryside villages and sweeping coastline, there's so much to explore and hope to share my experiences with you here.

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