Review of Fausto Pizza as he serves seaside slices in the new Roker business
Cafe Fausto, with its distinctive Neapolitan ice cream color palette, has already proven to be a popular spot for coffee, cakes, and bagels to refuel at the end of the C2C cycle path of Marine Walk.
Now he is on track to meet the evening market with his Fausto Pizza business arm.
Over the summer, the owners invested in a Gozney pizza oven and rearranged the seating area to the right of the main door to create the new offering, which features indoor and outdoor seating where you can enjoy hand-stretched pizzas with an unbroken sea. views.
We visited on a Saturday night and it was a great alternative for an evening meal away from downtown which was shocking after a SAFC win at home.
With the sunset, a new neon Fausto Pizza light sign, a crisp playlist from Cyndi Lauper, Blur and David Bowie, and a liquor menu, all help give the cafe a different nightlife vibe.
Then there is of course the pizza, which is served from Wednesday to Saturday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., with reservation available via the link on the Instagram page @faustopizzaandbar.
The menu is small, but perfectly formed, which means they can focus on making each dish well. Even the house salad, often a forgettable plate on the table, was a triumph – a peppery arugula drizzled with balsamic vinegar and topped with sun-dried tomatoes and plenty of Parmesan shavings.
There are six regular pizzas to choose from, margherita, The Fausto, nduja, spicy salami, prosciutto, vegetarian marinara and a special that changes weekly. Prices are fair, from Â£ 5.50 for the margherita to the more expensive option, the nduja at Â£ 10.
We both picked The Fausto, the pizza version of their best-selling bagel, topped with Parma ham, mozzarella, and sundried tomatoes with a drizzle of pesto and basil.
The base was perfect, with the satisfying bubbles you get only from the intense heat of the pizza oven, with plenty of toppings to devour.
I especially enjoyed our affogato dessert, which I reluctantly shared with my friend. For Â£ 6 you get a good serving of this classic Italian pudding of melted vanilla ice cream subdued with hot espresso and, for the occasion, topped with a crumb of biscotti.
As for drinks, you can sample local beers like Vaux, Full Circle and North Pier Brew Co, priced at Â£ 3.80, as well as renowned beers. There is also a good selection of wines by the glass, including the very popular 19 Crimes, starting at Â£ 3.50.
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