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We tried ‘Doncaster’s best pizza’ The Rustic Pizza Co – and there was one major thing wrong


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Sometimes there’s nothing better after a hard day at work than sitting back, relaxing and ordering your favourite takeaway straight to your door.

There is so much choice out there, especially in Doncaster, but we settled on trying somewhere for pizza.

After a browse we decided to try The Rustic Pizza Co in the Wool Market in Doncaster town centre, after realising it was the top rated choice on Just Eat.

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The eatery prides itself on making the best Neapolitan Pizza, and the reviews on Just Eat certainly reflect its reputation.

The Rustic Pizza Co is all about handmade wood fired pizzas with an aim to “rule the wood fired pizza world”.

Getting the menu up, there was certainly plenty of choice to choose from including pizzas, garlic bread, burgers and a whole host of side orders.

After much deliberation we decided to order two pizzas that we would share between the two of us.

The Pollo AD Astra pizza and Ham, Pineapple and mushroom pizza from The Rustic Pizza Co
The Pollo AD Astra pizza and Ham, Pineapple and mushroom pizza from The Rustic Pizza Co

I opted for the Pollo AD Astra which was made up of San Marazano tomatoes, fior di latte mozzarella, chicken, sweet red peppers, red onion and garlic oil.

And my dining partner went for the classic Ham and Pineapple with added mushroom on top as well.

But we couldn’t just stop there after seeing the side dishes on offer.

We opted to get the sharing box which comprised of sharing loaded chips, topped with melted mozzarella, pancetta and spring onion, mozzarella sticks and mac and cheese bites.

The box also came with two dips, a garlic dip and a tomato ketchup dip.

The share box from The Rustic Pizza Co
The share box from The Rustic Pizza Co

We didn’t wait too long at all and after 45 minutes the food turned up fresh and piping hot at the door.

We both agreed that the best part of the meal was the share box.

The mozzarella sticks were piping hot, crispy and had a great flavour, especially when dipped into one of the two sauces.

It was very similar to the mac and cheese bites which were also crispy, hot and full of flavour with an oozy cheese and pasta centre.

The loaded chips were the star of the show.

Chips with oregano salt loaded with oozy mozzarella cheese, crispy pancetta and lots of spring onion.

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It was fresh and extremely flavoursome and we managed to polish off most of the share box without a problem as it was just so good.

The only problem started for us when we started tucking into the pizzas.

My expectation when ordering a pizza is that the thin base should be crispy, so that it can hold up all the wonderful flavours that you have stacked on top.

But my chicken pizza was lacking in that department.

The base was soggy, so when you picked it up it flopped down and all of the lovely toppings just dropped off when you were trying to eat it.

The toppings themselves weren’t particularly anything to shout about – in fact my pizza was actually quite dry, despite the soggy bottom.

It had no real sauce on the base and the dry shredded chicken on top didn’t really taste of much at all and it just dried your mouth out, rather than being moist and delicious.

My dining partner agreed.

He said that the toppings on his ham, pineapple and mushroom pizza were delicious but that the base really let it down.

He felt that the crust was too dry and the base soggy, which meant you had to hold it with two hands or else the toppings simply dropped off.

He felt that the base should have been much crispier as he said it was far too soggy.

Overall, we did enjoy our experience from The Rustic Pizza Co, apart from the main event.

However, it doesn’t mean that we wouldn’t be willing to try it again.

As we said the share box really was delicious, and the real stand out of the whole experience.

But for us, the pizzas really let it down.

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