This is what Team Confidentials order when we get the tram to Radcliffe.
Luisa’s is known for Pasta Luisa: its generous family-sized sharing bowls of pasta in a rich, tomato sauce. The polpette is a real favourite. Everything is homemade – the fresh, silky pasta, the sauce and the moreish beef and pork meatballs – you’ll be fighting over the last one. It also comes with shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano and sautéed green beans with garlic and parsley.
The pizzas are wonderful – light and chewy with a thin sourdough crust that has bags of flavour. The dough is made from scratch every day and left for a long, slow 30 hour prove and then a quick 90 second blast in the wood-fired oven. The Parma, topped with Salami Napoli, Salami Milano, rocket and Parmigiano-Reggiano is one of our favourites.
The Torino is another great pizza from Luisa’s. With Portobello mushrooms, oregano, roasted pine nuts and garlic oil, it’s full of big flavours. It’s vegan but if you’re not, you won’t miss the meat.
And if you’re looking for something really special, the mille fiori is a masterpiece. Smothered in goat’s cheese, mozzarella, black truffle honey, rocket, toasted walnuts and with a clever honey-blackened crust – this is decadent pizza that’s strictly for grown-ups.
Make sure you save room for pudding. Luisa’s tiramisu is definitely one of the best post-dinner pick-me-ups we’ve had.
The tiramisu alone is worth the tram journey to Radcliffe.