With its grey split face tile-effect walls, large wooden counter, and straight-forward furnishings, there’s an old-school charm to La Vera. It’s genuine and authentic; the sort of place you might stop at on holiday and find a life-affirming pizza. It finds no time for gaudy decorations, and except for a few palms by the entrance, the space is largely bare creating a sense that function is prioritised over form. With this in mind, it’s the giant pizza oven with its light mosaic shell that draws the most attention, standing in pride of place behind the counter.
La Vera put the space and pizza oven to good use to create wood-fired pizzas that are sure to put a smile on your face. They know it’s hard to beat a classic, so you’ll find all your old favourites on the menu, including margherita, pepperoni and diavola. For those who want to try something a little bit different, there’s also a great selection of pizzas that showcase some beautifully cured Italian meats, such as bresola, la vera, and capricciosa. By putting ingredients imported from Italy to good use (including tomato sauce, mozzarella, parmesan, flour, salami, pepperoni, and Brebresaola), there are plenty of authentic flavours and textures to be found in these pizzas. And they’re good with timings too, cooking each perfectly to ensure the base is crisp and crusts are slightly charred.
The menu also boasts a handful of straight-forward but spot-on penne and fusilli dishes. Our personal favourite is the ragu, made with a richly sweet tomato sauce and tender mince meat, but there’s also a cracking vegan pasta served with a mix of aubergine, zucchini, vegan cheese, cherry tomato and tomato sauce.
Thanks to its fast turnaround of fierce pizzas and its dedication to doing things properly, La Vera is a real crowd-pleaser. Make it your go-to lunchtime spot or weekend hangout, and embrace a slice of Italy in Birmingham’s city centre.