An object that is small, round and blistered is seldom an attractive thing, which is why, I suppose, I’ve yet to be asked to pose semi-clad for the cover of Vogue.
But the pizza I ate at the recently-opened Alicia’s Micro Bakehouse met this description fully and should feature on the cover of glossy magazines around the world, for it was a beauty.
As is fitting for a place that began life as a baker of bread and developed into a pizza joint, the star of the show was the dough.
The website blurb tells me it’s a sourdough base, made with unbleached organic flour, water and sea salt.
It’s allowed 24-48 hours to develop and has none of the additives used by many manufacturers.
And it shows, for there’s a wonderfully full flavour and pleasing texture.
The wood-fired oven gives a hint of smoke and its fierce heat creates pleasing black blisters that shatter gently in the mouth like cinder confetti.
The version I chose from the short menu was La Pecora Sarda, at £10.50 one of the more expensive pizzas.
Topped with gooey mozzarella, crisp pancetta, caramelised onions, pungent gorgonzola and the salty firm Sardinian sheep’s milk cheese percorino sardo, the flavours balanced beautifully.
Likewise my wife’s Noci pizza – mozzarella, walnut, gorgonzola and caramelised onions – was a hit.
Both vanished in short time as we fell reverentially silent over our food.
Service throughout was attentive and friendly and there’s a sense that Alicia’s Micro Bakehouse is as much a labour of love as a business.
The space itself is – as the name suggests – tiny.
Decor is urban, with bare walls, stone floors and re-purposed chairs and tables.
It’s a place that’s utterly suited to Stirchley, fast becoming a hub for young independent businesses.
Alicia’s Micro Bakehouse has raised the bar for pizzas in Birmingham.
I who was no huge fan of pizza have suddenly become so.
Need to know
We paid less than £28 for two pizzas, a glass of wine and beer.
The place is licensed.
There’s a kids’ menu.
There’s a small dessert menu.
You can order takeaways or deliveries.
Book a table if you want to eat there – there are’t many covers.
It’s closed at lunchtimes and on Sundays and Mondays.
Alicia’s Micro Bakehouse
1377 Pershore Road, Stirchley, Birmingham B30 2JR. 0121 246 0947.