Do you know who the youngest Scottish chef to win a prestigious Michelin star is? None other than Nick Nairn. Nick opened the Nick Nairn Cook School and Café in Aberdeen some time ago, I am yet to try it mainly because cooking under the watchful eye of someone who cooked for the Queen is daunting. Nick decided to open an informal Pizza and Wine bar in September and I was one of the lucky first to visit his exciting new venture located on one of my favourite streets, Black Wynd in Aberdeen.
Before the pizzas arrived I already had a glass of wine in my hand from the lovely Julia who also designed and implemented the interior design. If you follow me you will already know that I find interior designs fascinating. Is there any better way, other than sampling food, to learn more about the venue and its atmosphere than checking the interior? Like most of us I have my guilty pleasures, things I just cannot resist, one of them is taking photos of interiors and feeling what vibe they create and how they make visitors feel.
Stone wall changes an entire room. Added texture to a wall is an interesting accent. It would be a perfect background for a foodie themed photoshoot.
Times flies by when you are with great company and who better to be with other than my fellow Aberdeen bloggers; before I knew it our pizzas were already on the table. Nick, unlike many others, strongly believes in supporting local businesses and sourcing local produce from Scotland whenever he can. You will find a brilliant selection of local craft beers from Six Degrees North, wine from Doug Wood of WoodWinters, and my favourite the mozzarella from Scottish buffalo herd.
The pizza bases were just how I like it, crispy and a light texture that is exactly where good pizza starts for me! For a few delicious bites Nick took me back to my memories of La Spezia, where hands up I had best pizza ever. Pizza's creative toppings such as Nduja sausage adds real Italian spiciness to it. The simplicity connected with high quality ingredients makes Pizza and Wine Bar stand strong in Aberdeen's pizza scene.
Do you follow me on Instagram? If not, you just missed a fiery speech from Nick Nairn. A few ladies have sent me a message saying how Nick’s Scottish accent is very charming.
Wondering what makes Pizza and Wine Bar so great? I would say that the secret lies in friendly atmosphere you could encounter in Italy, delicious and generously poured wine, and the top quality of local ingredients.
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I have a feeling that this casual, informal, affordable dining experience is going to be very popular in Aberdeen pizza scene as it appeals to both the younger and older foodies. I am definitely going to take a few of my friends there for wine and pizza before we go out partying. It is a great alternative to start your night with a vibrant and buzzing atmosphere without being squeezed in like sardines and having someone accidentally spill beer over you.
*Disclaimer: I was invited to the opening, where I had an opportunity to taste dishes - opinions are, as always, my own. I do not profit from any affiliate links included in this post.