It was a week ago when a friend messaged me on Facebook to say they had just eaten the best ever takeaway pizza in Milton Keynes. They had scoffed the lot without taking photos which was such a tease but I took the company name “Affamato” and quickly scoured the internet and found their website.
Recently opened in Bletchley (Denbigh West) I was surprised to see Affamato were a delivery pizza company who are creating in their own words ‘Authentic Italian Pizzas’. I can’t think of any other takeaways in MK that offers proper Italian pizzas and I knew I wasn’t going to be happy until I had tried one.
Tonight for a treaty Good Friday family meal we ordered an 18” half and half. Half Capricciosa and half Florentina. The Capricciosa toppings are Prosciutto ham, fresh field mushrooms, premium pepperoni, black olives, tomato and mozzarella. The Florentina has fresh baby spinach, feta cheese, black olives, oregano, olive oil, tomato, mozzarella and an egg on top.
I absolutely love Florentina pizzas. Some people will say “Egg on a pizza? That’s just wrong” but I promise you, once you try it you will suddenly realise what makes a Florentina so addictive. Gooey, warm egg yolk spilling over the spinach and mozzarella is like food poetry in motion. De-lic-ious.
The Capricciosa pizza was the perfect crowd pleaser. What isn’t to like about classic pepperoni, ham, mushrooms, olives and mozzarella cheese? But what makes these pizzas stand out far beyond your run-of-the-mill delivery pizzas is the authentic pizza bases. They make their pizza dough fresh each day and it’s cooked up the proper way, in wood fired ovens. It shows. The bases are thin and perfectly crispy on the underneath. They are particular with ensuring that the weight of the pizza is right for the size, which they say helps create the perfect balance for great flavour.
I’m a sucker for a dip for my pizza crust and for this they have a selection of dips on offer. We had the homemade garlic mayonnaise. Anyone who has ever bought a premade garlic dip knows that garlic can taste abrasive and harsh on your palette unless it’s freshly made. This dip was so pleasantly sweet that I know that it was fresh. Every drop of dip was devoured. I challenge anyone to taste test this against some famous national brand dips and not fall in love.
We also had the Focaccia made with garlic butter, fresh rosemary and mozzarella. This fresh, doughy focaccia was super scrummy and surprisingly light, the garlic was sweet and not overpowering. I am a huge fan of rosemary and garlic together as I feel they complement each other so well. I could have easily demolished one of these on my own.
Finally, we tried a portion of their homemade Tiramisu. An Italian classic. Delicious layers of savoiardi biscuits softened in espresso layers with Affamato’s special cream topped with a dusting of cocoa powder. Normally after such a hearty meal, I couldn’t face dessert but after one spoonful I couldn’t stop. It’s a soft and sweet hug for your tummy that you don’t want to end.
So, tasty pizza. What’s the catch? Is this going to cost me an arm and a leg? I was expecting their prices to be higher. Extremely good value as an 18” half and half pizza will easily feed a family of four and costs £16.99. 12” pizzas are £11.99. And on a Tuesday they do a deal called Twosday, buy any 12” pizza and get a second for only £2 more.
The only snag is, at the moment Affamato only deliver to MK1-MK10 postcodes. As with all local food delivery companies they know it’s better to start slow. Please throw your support to Affamato and let’s get them into a position of being able to deliver to all MK postcodes asap. We have the power to make them successful, let’s do it.
Affamato is definitely offering quality at a very affordable price, delivered to your door. I am extremely excited to see such a delivery company open up in Milton Keynes. Finally, Milton Keynes seems to be awakening a sort of local food identity away from the national brands, all on its own. It’s been a long time coming but HOORAY!