Great ingredients make great pizzas! Simple as that!
Keep it quiet, because this is our little secret – We only use fresh and organic ingredients that are sourced from local suppliers and traders. This way our customers can be assured that they are getting the best possible quality at the best possible price. We don’t use expensive laboratories where you can “develop” “the new barbecue chicken flavour” and our cheese is fantastic without being made from plastic. Our pizza is simply made from scratch with no added extraterrestrial chemicals or flavours. So what are we actually using?
Meet Spelty – the Sourdough starter powering the magical flavour of our pizza!
Let’s start with the starter – Now days there’re many different types of yeast that you can use to make dough – fresh baker’s yeast , active dry yeast, instant yeast, baking soda etc. They are all quick, simple and easy to use and with a little bit of practice will give you great results. On the other side of the equation sits the mysterious, unpredictable and spontaneous sourdough culture, that frightens even experienced bakers. It’s like a child – you have to take care of it, to feed it, to talk to it, to give it a name. So why bother using sourdough instead of commercial yeast? Well it’s more fun, more personal, it’s not an exact science, it’s different and magical. It’s like real life – you keep those microorganisms happy enough and they will work together to produce that fresh, chewy and sour taste of a real magical bread.
Our starter is called Spelty, it was born in January 2014 in the beautiful city of Bath, Somerset. Like every other starter born in Bath, Spelty has a bit of a posh diet of exotic and ancient flours like Spelt, Rye, Einkorn and Whole Wheat (all organic of course ) . Ever since it was born Spelty has been producing wonderful homemade bread, pizza dough, bagels, pancakes and many more. When it’s not baking Spelty likes to chill out in the fridge and bubble with other starters or to cruise down the canal path on its fancy orange bike. Living the dream innit?
What about the Dough?
This is some serious dough! It contains only sourdough starter, Shipton Mill’s organic flours and Himalayan salt. Nothing else! Nada mas! It’s mixed by hand and left to leaven and develop its flavour for at least 2-3 days before being tossed in the oven. This is the beauty of baking with sourdough – it takes time. The more you leave it to leaven, the better the flavour gets. And of course the taste is always different. Please be advised that at the moment we don’t offer gluten free pizza base. We’re just starting up and if there is enough interest in gluten free bases, we will most definitely try to include them in the menu.
Toppings you will fall in love with!
Great base is a great start, but spread some world class toppings and you will get some world class results!
For the tomato sauce we offer organic Italian tomatoes mixed with just the right amount of herbs, pesto and olive oil to give you that authentic feel of being out in the wild enjoying the never ending Mediterranean sunshine.
Italian Buffalo Mozzarella
There are many types of cheese that you can put on a pizza, but above all sits the classic Italian Buffalo Mozzarella – it’s fresh, it’s soft, it’s delicious and it’s melting just about right at 450° C .
Pepperoni is probably the most popular pizza topping in the world and every self respected pizza joint should offer it. Our Pepperoni won’t disappoint you – it’s fresh, little bit spicy, it’s made from pork and it tastes like pork.
Sobrasada De Mallorca
We all know that Chorizo is the most famous Spanish sausage, but have you heard about Sobrasada? Sobrasada is a raw, cured sausage from the Balearic Islands made with ground pork, paprika, salt and other spices. It’s simply delicious on its own, but when melted on a pizza – well that’s the real deal!
Casademot’s Chorizo Extra
Of course we haven’t forgotten the chorizo. We are now serving one of Spain’s most famous brands – Casademot’s Chorizo Extra. Its crisp and spicy flavour is a perfect addition to our sourdough base!
Cheddar cheese from Somerset
Our Cheddar cheese is coming all the way from Somerset, England – the home of Cheddar and the home of The Pizza Bike. Say no more!
A real Italian told me once that a real Italian pizza needs to have some real black olives on it in order to be real Italian pizza. You can’t argue with Italians about pizza, right?
Hot Jalapeño peppers
Want to spice it up a little bit? Add some Jalapeño peppers coming all the way from Napa, Callifornia to keep you hot in the great but unpredictable British weather!
Magic garlic sauce
Love garlic? Then you should definitely try the garlic sauce made from real yogurt and real garlic. It comes in a small package, but be careful, because it’s packed to the top with garlicness.
Don’t forget the garlic bread
Fancy something quick – Why don’t you try a some firebread, topped with pesto, Chorizo, Cheddar Cheese and Bath Harvest Garlic Oil?
The Pizza Bike’s Menu: Choose your direction wisely
Margherita – Italian classic: 10″ Sourdough base, tomato sauce, Buffalo Mozzarella, fresh basil £6
Pepperoni – The American Style: 10″ Sourdough base, tomato sauce, Buffalo Mozzarella, Pepperoni £7
Sobrasadita – Taste of Spain: 10″ Sourdough base, tomato sauce, Buffalo Mozzarella, Sobrasada De Mallorca, Chorizo, Cheddar cheese £8
Somerset Special – From Cheddar with Love: 10″ Sourdough base, tomato sauce, oak smoked cheddar cheese, oregano, fresh Basil – £6
Bianca – Street food classic from Rome: 10″ Sourdough base, goat cheese, oak smoked cheddar, olive oil, fresh basil – £7
Take It Cheesy Garlic Bread – Something quick on the go: freshly baked firebread topped with Pesto, Cheddar Cheese and Bath harvest Garlic oil £3.00
Take It Cheesy Garlic Bread with Chorizo – Add some Chorizo and feel the real power of our firebread £3.50
Our menu is simple but powerful. Feel free to try different combinations and explore food from UK, Spain, Italy and beyond cooked out in the wild right in front of you without the hassle of leaving that sunny spot along the river!
For more detailed information about the ingredients and techniques that we use, please check our Wiki page which is packed with plenty of nerd and nutrition information to keep you educated and entertained.