Go Fork Yourself: Little Wing Pizzeria, Belfast
Pros:Incredibly fresh ingredients. Great service. Good menu. Delicious desserts.
Cons:Not enough of the tasty, tasty toppings. Limited variety of pasta and salad available.
It’s evident that Little Wing Pizzeria care about the quality of their ingredients, but it’s a shame they don’t dish out enough of them.
Little Wing Pizzeria is, for want of a better word, nice. The restaurants themselves, all simple timber panelling, open-fire pizza ovens, cozy wooden booths and framed paintings of Italian landscapes, are nice. The staff are nice. The atmosphere is nice. Their business ethos (planting over 2000 trees each time a new restaurant opens, supporting local charities, etc.) is nice. The whole damn place is nice. What isn’t nice is their food. Their food is delicious, as it should be.
Little Wing Pizzeria is a local-business-done-good and has expanded to over four restaurants throughout the region in the space of just a couple of years. Well done to them. It’s always busy but you are never neglected by the staff (like I said, nice). Katy Perry visited the Ann Street restaurant during the MTV Europe Music Awards and we know this because we sat where she sat (there is a sign) and happily rubbed our bottoms where her bottom rubbed. However, normal human beings don’t go to restaurants to seek remnants of celebrity DNA – they go to eat, which is what we did.
For starters we picked the classic bruschetta. Good God lads, it was fresh. Maintaining a healthy balance of garlic and pesto, with neither being particularly overpowering, and topped with plump cherry tomatoes and olive oil; this simple but tasty bruschetta really hit the spot. The only issue we had were the portion sizes which were, even by starter standards, quite small.
The drinks selection is typically Italian with a range of Italian (and local) beers, coffee and wine available. The beverages are all reasonably priced, so you won’t go home crying about your empty purse, and your glass is never left empty thanks to the attentive staff.
For our mains, we ordered a Pollo del Dulce calzone pizza and the Pollo pizza. Just like the bruschetta, you could instantly taste how fresh the ingredients were. The calzone was a good sized portion which went down swimmingly; however there seemed to be an uneven ratio of pizza bread to chicken. Worringly, more bites than one would hope for consisted of plain cooked dough instead of the chicken which, when eventually located, was well roasted and tasty. This was not the case with the other more traditional pizza (again topped with chicken). Perhaps the calzone was a fluke?
The menu has a good variety of pizzas available even if we both made a similar selection. If you favour a more traditional option, they have the usual pizza classics but if you are more creative, Little Wing offer a bespoke pizza 10” service offering to make any sort of monstrous concoction you fancy. If you lack imagination, you could just have the breakfast pizza which has bacon (lots and lots of bacon) or you feel really ambitious; there is the infamous 24” beast of a pizza which would floor any man. As an alternative to the pizza, there are also a few pasta and salad options available.
Did you know that Nutella is not actually pronounced ‘Nut-ella’ but ‘New-tell-ahh’? You do now. That’s the kind of glittering conversation you’ll get waiting for dessert with us. The Little Wing dessert menu actually offers a Nutella pizza (a thin pizza base smothered in the chocolate spread and topped with ice cream) and it is thoroughly recommended if you are the type who could eat Nutella from the jar without using a spoon. On this occasion, we had the chocolate mousse cake (with a large dollop of fresh cream). It was extremely chocolate-y, light and rich without being too sweet or overpowering. T’was very, very tasty.
As pizza places go, this is a great restaurant that won’t do any long-term damage to the bank account. It’s evident from the taste of their food that they care about the quality of their ingredients, but it’s a great shame they don’t dish out enough of them.