Situated next to Tesco Express on West Street, Bedminster, on a stretch of road mostly consisting of takeaways or flats, you’d be forgiven for wandering past Mezzaluna and not paying much attention to it. I say this from personal experience; we’ve lived almost opposite for some time and never been in for food, but I am so glad we paid a visit!
It’s a family-run Mediterranean cafe/bar/restaurant, with a large menu offering traditional Turkish food, loads of pizzas and a good selection of meat & fish dishes. There are some great Turkish treats on the menu including burek and stuffed vine leaves, as well as your more standard fare of garlic breads and chicken wings. They’re also open for brunch and lunch, again with a mix of English and Mediterranean choices.
We shared a starter; Sebzeli Peynir (£4.95), which was a hot pan of roasted vegetables topped with goat’s cheese & caramelised onions. It came out piping hot and tasted great. For mains I went for the Frutti di Mare pizza (£11.95) which was HUGE. Thin base, yummy seafood and I asked for added anchovies (the waiter said this was no problem at all, because “anything is possible!”, I liked that). Brad chose the Kiymali Pide (£8.50), which is a Turkish cross between a pizza and a calzone with cheese, slow cooked minced beef and tomatoes.
We had a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc which was about £13. There isn’t a single bottle of wine on the menu over £15 (bar sparkling ones of course) which makes for a very good value evening out!
The service is excellent – really friendly, flexible and welcoming, and there’s a relaxed ambience in the restaurant which adds to the Mediterranean feel. It was nice to sit in the window and see the sights of West Street (people watching anyway!) over a good bottle of wine and some yummy pizza.
Worth noting that they also do takeaway pizzas – a 14″ with 3 toppings for only £7.50 (collection only). Amaze!
You probably wouldn’t venture to Mezzaluna if you live further afield, but if you’re in Bedminster or live locally it’s a great option for a casual dinner. To be honest, we went with fairly low expectations. These were certainly exceeded, and we’ll definitely be back to this little gem.