After a rather elongated journey from Zagreb, thanks to a couple of wasted hours at the Croatia/Slovenia border, I was fit for little but a short wander and a simple meal befor falling into a deep restorative slumber.
Fortunately I was staying nearby to a neighbourhood where regular guest quester Julie used to live so I had a couple of recommended places near at hand.
I opted for Maruzzella, a pizzeria just near Porta Venezia. It was extremely lively when I arrived so there was a short wait before a table became free. The rather lovely front of house chappy poured me a glass of free bubbles while I waited, as seemed standard practice. I had a good view of the pizzaolas at work tending the impressive wood-fired oven.
Once seated I was brought a menu which covered all the expected classic bases. I chose to start with their house salumi selection followed by some pasta e fagioli. I had to have a pizza, obviously, so chose their house special which featured prawns and rocket.
The salumi soon arrived in generous portion. It was the expected platter of porky goodness.
The pasta e fagioli was to a very good standard, also, and just the thing on another chilly evening.
The pizza was liberally thatched with rocket. The base was light with a good chew, the prawns were plentiful and juicy, and it all made for highly enjoyable eating.
So overall, Maruzzella was just what was required to get me back to a level of equilibrium. Everything I ate was delivered to a very good standard. It was a highly agreeable place for my first evening in the city.
Blythe scores Maruzzella
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 15/20
I ate: salumi, pasta e fagioli, house pizza
I drank: lager
I wore: tired buttocks
Total bill: 47€