A Bristol based couple are looking to harness the power of pizza to alleviate homelessness in Bristol. Each Friday night, Ben Richardson and Antonio Danzi invite the people of Bristol to their pop up restaurant. Called Tales by the Oven and running out of their St Werburghs home, you can enjoy sourdough pizzas and authentic Italian starters in a relaxed, warm environment.

All the funds raised go straight back into doing the same thing for free in homeless hostels - getting homeless people involved in the cooking and, of course, the eating of the pizza. The pop-up came about from a shared passion between the two Founders to do something creative with food that helps to make a real impact on homeless people and the community. Having both worked in the Homeless sector and becoming frustrated with working on unsustainable grant-reliant projects - they wanted to create a sustainable way to do something positive. Antonio grew up in a huge family in the South of Italy listening to crazy food tales next to the oven - so food & pizza seemed like the perfect place to start - harnessing the enjoyment of good company and food to do something positive.

Tales by the Oven has now been running for 9 weeks and will start regular kitchen takeovers in local homeless hostels from early April.

So if you love pizza and want to support this pizza-led community project (and spend an evening eating pizza at the same time), then head along on a Friday evening to enjoy their food and hospitality. All pizzas are under a tenner, and there is a great range of affordable starters and desserts (plus BYOB!). You can book by sending a message on the Facebook page. Alternatively, if you want to help in a more practical way, the team are looking for volunteers with social media, website and graphic design skills. If you think you can help, get in touch ASAP. 

Published -27th March 2017