A very big thanks to Marno and anyone else who recommended Piz'za-za in Hull. I had dinner there with a girlfriend on Wednesday night and was absolutely delighted with the place.
Given the focus of the place, we both went for pizza: me a Greek with added merguez, and her a Mediterranean. Though the pies weren't especially wide in diameter, they were deep in toppings. I swear my Greek was nearly an inch high, full of baby spinach, black olives, feta, fresh oregano, sliced tomatoes, bacon (didn't know it was a Greek thing...) and at least 1/4 pound of merguez, or spicy lamb sausage. My only complaint (and it is a very minor one) is that placing the baby spinach between the crust and the other toppings left the crust a little soggy in places.
They've got a wonderful little wine list, with interesting bottles at very reasonable prices. The food is VERY fairly priced, the patio (oops, terrasse) is delightful, and the decor is charming. Two pizzas plus a $27 bottle of Cahors came to $68 including tax and tip. I swear if this place were in Toronto I'd be there at least once a week!
I also had dinner one night at Coasters in the Byward Market (I was exhausted from work and travel, and wanted uncomplicated seafood). I had the scallop and bacon brochette ($10), which was OK but not terribly fresh, and the baked oysters ($13, stuffed with crab, shallots and julienned carrot, splashed with Pernod and topped with breadcrumbs before broiling.) They were outstanding! But the restaurant itself could really use an update. The decor is tired beyond belief...
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