What your getting: The Salami
"Compliment not complicate”, though sounding like the first-date advice of a kindly foreign uncle, is in fact the philosophy at the heart of Gino’s exceptional menu. This Loughborough joint does the basics beautifully: locally sourced ingredients, wood-fired dough, and rich, wholesome tomato bases. The selection is limited to the classics -- none of that fusion business here -- but you don’t need to go much further than the soul-warming Salami to see what all the fuss is about. Equally, it’s a great choice for the office Christmas lunch: you’ll be able to tell your friends “We had a party in a Pear Tree.” We’re so sorry.
What you’re getting: Crafty Cuts
Craft & Dough, a straight-talking red-brick saloon in Sheffield’s industrial district, does exactly what it says on the tin: beer and pizza. What it doesn’t say on the tin, however, is that the pizzas are wonderful, bubbling-based, vaguely wonky things topped with imaginative, yet restrained Yorkshire-inspired flavours, and that the beer list is as long and indulgent as this sentence. But then we suppose you’d need quite a big tin for all that. Go for the Crafty Cuts: a melt-in-your-mouth mélange of braised ox cheek, piquant pepperoni, and sweet balsamic onion. You can thank us later.