Turn of the screw

Holy Calzone Have Converted an Old Church Into An Italian Eatery

7 March 19 words: Emily Thursfield

As well as an extensive menu, there's space for community activities too... 

It’s highly unlikely that you will ever have enough money to convert a church into your home, and let’s face it, can you really be arsed? Fortunately the guys behind Junkyard and Boilermaker were arsed and have taken on the church on Trent Boulevard, West Bridgford, and converted it into an awesome, airy space with a devotion to the community too: there’s space at the back for yoga, exhibitions, makers fairs and laid back sunday DJ sessions.

It’s family friendly but not full of screaming kids running around like crazy - they are all too occupied by the retro arcade games and other cool stuff to do. Obviously there’s a wicked selection of craft beers, cocktails and decent coffee to be had as well.

They also do blooming good pizza, with twelve inch or six inch "piccolo" size. As a sucker for an interesting favour combo, I went for the lamb shoulder, mozzarella, prunes and jalapenos (piccolo £5.50) which was ace. My dining partner chose taleggio, portobello mushroom, garlic, lemon and thyme oil (piccolo £5) which also good and earthy.

Choosing the smaller pizzas gave us room for some sides too: white anchovies marinated in lemon and chilli (£3) are always good - silky smooth and light unlike the intensely salty, darker ones usually found on pizzas. The beef and smoked pancetta meatballs with chilli creme (£5) were really delightful, and the white base for the sauce made an interesting change from the standard tomato based meatball sauce.

There’s a few outside tables and because it was unusually warm for late Feb, we sat in the sun and had a couple of ice creams (£3.50 for two scoops) to finish. Lovely.  

105 Trent Blvd, West Bridgford, NG2 5BN

Holy Calzone website

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