Muddy Eats: Totti, Penzance
Hot tasty wood-fired pizza is just the quick (& kid-friendly) dinner you need.
All this festive dining (Alright, who are we kidding? Juggling nativity play attending with work and shopping) can wear a girl/person out. Stop for a quick pizza on the way home, plus football theme that will appeal to the rest of your gang.
Totti opened in late 2017 selling freshly baked Neopolitan style pizzas to the good people of Penzance. The owners have more than a passing interest in football (and Italian culture in general) even going so far as to the name the place after the famous Italian midfielder – and if you didn’t know that already then a Totti shirt that graces the wall in pride of place makes the point.
Find Totti’s at the harbour end of Market Jew Street, helpfully close to the seafront carpark if you need to drive.
We loved the original tiling on the outside wall as well as the big windows complete with stain glass detailing.
Squeezed into the tiny eatery are enough stools to seat 8 or so people plus a beautiful Bianchi Green pizza oven and counter. (Bianchi is the world’s oldest bicycle manufacturing company, based in Italy of course, and the green of the frames is known as Celeste, or Bianchi Green – also very similar to Tiffany Blue, of which you may be more familiar).
Such is owner Paddi’s attention to detail that even the coffee cups have been carefully sourced in matching green – handmade by a local potter then dipped and glazed.
SCOFF AND QUAFF
Pizza, of course. All handmade to order in a variety of traditional flavours with Cornish themes. There is no alcohol licence but they do sell a good range of UK based tinned sodas as well as the aforementioned coffee.
For afters, try their own ice cream, handmade from milk produced at Trink Dairy, just down the road near St Ives.
THE MUDDY VERDICT
Good for: Pizza lovers of all ages. Take-away at any time of the year but particularly in the summer as you can walk down to the harbour to eat. In the winter, squeezing onto one of the bar seats has a certain allure, particularly if you or your partner is into football.
Not for: Large groups and those that like to pre-book a table – this is more a drop in and order and eat on the premises whilst its hot kind of place. They also don’t do delivery, so only good for take-away to the very local.