Does Newcastle really need another pizza place? After the opening of Scream for Pizza in Sandyford a couple of weekends ago you might be inclined to say no. If you’re in Heaton, however, the answer might be a resounding yes. On a street full of kebab shops, the recent opening of Bao Bar was enough to entice me over on more than one occasion to enjoy the foodiedelights of Chillingham Road. After Cal’s Own deserted them for pastures new I wondered what other culinary draws there would be of the pizza variety, however. I have yet to return to Starks but, should the recent additions to the street be any indicator, it also might be worth a revisit.
Flint Pizza officially opened on the 7th June. The guys from Bao were raving about the pizzas and I have a feeling they know what they’re talking about when it comes to good scran. I took the Teen along so he could try out the meat and dairy laden varieties on the menu while I was going to test out the vegan options, if any. Of course the good old Marinara came to the rescue for me, and they chopped up some plump Portobello mushrooms on the top for extra texture and flavour.
The Teen ordered one topped with Nduja and Pepperoni. By the way he inhaled it and the appreciative noises he made it’s safe to say he enjoyed it. I thought my own was pretty decent, especially the base. The guys of Flint state they’ve been working on it for 2 years and they oviously care about the quality of the product. It was the sauce I felt let it down, unfortunately. If you’re having a Margherita you have the Fior di Latte and Pecorino to hide behind. With a Marinara the tomatoes have to sing for their supper, so to speak, and they didn’t hit the high note for me. It’s early days for them and I know they care passionately about what they do. I was spoilt by my trip to Naples last year so not many reach the lofty heights of those we enjoyed there.
Pricing-wise, the lads are pretty competitive (£21.50 for 2 pizzas and drinks) and the restaurant is really relaxed. I like the way you can sit at the bar and watch them assemble your pizza. I also love the fact they sell Chinotto, one of my favourite drinks.
Hats off to the guys for pulling this off. They’ve been really busy since opening their doors which can only be a good sign. It was nice to see families in enjoying pizzas as well. Let’s hope more independents like this choose the area to set up camp. For more info on Flint Pizza check out their Facebook page here.
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