Lockdown has inspired lots of us to cook up a storm in the kitchen and Alice and I have been busy enjoying recipes from Pinch of Nom – we have both their books and they form a staple of our midweek meal plan.
However, sometimes you don’t want to cook and and instead enjoy the pleasures of a takeaway pizza. Usually we would reach for the phone and order a local pizza delivery from one of the big chains but more often than not we have found the pizza disappointing and disproportionately expensive for what you get. So instead we popped to the foodie capital of the south, Hove, for a highly recommended fired pizza. The recommendation came courtesy of the boyfriend of my good friend Morgan (proprietor of Bumblebee Bakery Horsham), who is Italian, and very passionate about pizza and he ranked Fatto a Mano as his top pizza, #1.
We ordered in advance via their website, for about an hour’s time so decided to take a walk along Hove Lawns to enjoy the summer evening by the sea. Alice ordered the N’duja while I opted for a white pizza, with no tomato sauce, Salsiccia E Friarielli (also recommenced to me). We shared a garlic pizza between us.
The Salsiccia E Friarielli pizza had delicious fennel sausage, fresh Neopolitan broccoli and green chillies with Provola, Mozzarella and Parmesan. The crust and pizza base was soft and pillowy with a distinctive chew that is only achieved through extended proving times and according to Fatto a Mano’s website, they use minimal amounts of yeast which will give a light and fluffy open texture. I was thoroughly annoyed with myself for not snapping a picture before devouring the delicious pizza however it was just too good to not eat immediately.
The sausage was fragrant, and the Neopolitan Broccoli added a welcome crunchy texture. Thinly sliced chillies provided a warming heat which fortunately did not overwhelm the palate allowing the delicious and subtle nutty Provola, creamy mozzarella and sharp Parmesan to finish off this wonderfully balanced and flavoursome pizza.
Alice opted for a more traditional “red” pizza with tomato sauce. It was topped with spicy minced pork, spianata, roasted peppers, mozzarella, Parmesan and basil.
We found Alice’s pizza to be more oily (from the Spianata salami) but it was thoroughly enjoyable. The tomato sauce was fresh and vibrant with a slight sweetness, which was promptly followed by a small spicy kick from the pork mince and salami. The roasted peppers gave a delightful balanced freshness before the creaminess of the mozzarella and zing of the Parmesan rounded off the pizza.
We paid £30 for two pizzas, a garlic pizza and two soft drinks. The order was placed via Fatto a Mano’s website for click and collect ordering. Excellent social distancing measures were on place and we collected the pizza within just a few minutes of arriving for our time slot.
Fatto a Mano Hove, 65-67 Church Road, BN3 2BD