For my first birthday in Hamilton I decided to try a place I’ve heard only great things about…NaRoma Pizza Bar. I invited 10 of my family and friends to try this restaurant with me. It was an easy choice because well, come on, everyone loves pizza! The inside is quite small but is very inviting and comfortable. They don’t take reservations but I showed up at around 6:00 on a Monday night and the place was empty until about 6:30-7:00. The staff was courteous and very attentive.
I was blown away by the quality of the food here. The dough wasn’t thick but also wasn’t too thin that it was falling apart in your hands. This can be a common issue with pizza, especially when you load the toppings on. The dough can become too soft or greasy and just collapse under pressure. NaRoma’s has found the perfect balance of delicious tasting, fresh dough combined with equally fresh and bountiful toppings as well as minimal sauce. The possibilities are endless, however, they have provided a smart solution to the often tough task of choosing which pizza you want. They offer three different sizes on their menu: Coppia (small), Famiglia (medium) and Festa (large). The Coppia comes with the choice of two flavors, the Famiglia offers the choice of three and the Festa offers four. If there’s only two of you coming here for lunch or dinner, they’re being honest when they say the Coppia feeds 2-3 people. Sharing the Coppia between two people will be more than enough for your stomach to handle. Everyone in my party ordered their own Coppia sized pizza and could really only finish about four pieces on their own. I shared a Famiglia that consisted of the Brie e Prosciutto, Carne and Pancetta Dolce.
The Carne has tomato sauce, mozzarella, sausage, prosciutto and pancetta. The blend of these meats was incredible and I couldn’t get over the quality and flavor of the meat. The Pancetta Dolce was another fan favorite because of its mozzarella, maple bacon, cherry tomato and asparagus combo. The asparagus was fresh and crunchy and the maple bacon was thick cut and full of flavor. The Brie e Prosciutto was by far my favorite of the night, although all were delicious! Topped with mozzarella, triple cream brie cheese, prosciutto, fig jam, caramelized onions, arugula and reduced balsamic, I absolutely could not pass this one up. My mouth instantly waters at the sound of “triple cream brie cheese” so how could I not.
I managed to snap a few pictures of other pizzas at the table before they disappeared into the many hungry mouths. My uncle had the Pollo which includes mozzarella, chicken, homemade pesto, roasted red peppers and artichokes. The other was the Quattro Stagione with tomato sauce, mozzarella, prosciutto, sun dried tomatoes, black olives and artichokes.
Another pizza I managed to snap a picture of was the Patata Dolce with mozzarella, goat cheese, sweet potato, sage and MAPLE SYRUP (left hand side of the pizza in the image below)! My bargaining skills weren’t strong enough to score myself a piece of this pizza, so I plan on ordering it next time I’m in because all I could hear was how tasty it was.
Before coming to this restaurant I had planned on ordering one of their salads and a cannoli but once I saw the size of the pizzas I knew I wouldn’t need anything more. I’ve also never seen so many deals offered to trade slices of pizza in my life, as I did at NaRoma’s 😉
All in all I am extremely happy I chose NaRoma Pizza Bar as my destination for my first birthday living in Hamilton. They did not disappoint. They have a patio that is open during the summer so I can see myself coming here often over the next four months seeing as how I work around the corner. So much for losing ten pounds this summer! Oh well, so worth it.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This pizza re-heats perfectly. I can honestly say this is the best next-day re-heated pizza I have ever had. All I had to do was put it into the microwave for about 10-15 seconds and it was perfect. The crust was still firm and wasn’t soggy at all. BONUS POINTS!
Anyways, check this place out. It’s a bit more than you’ll pay for a take out pizza from a fast food joint but who really wants that stuff anyway when you have this as an option.
NaRoma Pizza Bar is located at 215 Locke Street South in downtown Hamilton.