"You Choose" — Alicia's Micro Bakehouse

Each week we walk into a restaurant and make the staff order for us

Venue: Alicia's Micro Bakehouse, 1377 Pershore Road, B30 2JR; Website 
Choice: Boscaiolo (£11) Chooser: Chef & owner

Talking to anyone who owns a house in Stirchley right now is insufferable, so smug are they about its rise. A rise that includes pocket-size pizzeria — 
Alicia's Micro Bakehouse — which, after a time operating out of a garage, now has a permanent home on the high street. More welcoming than a well-stoked log-burner, the Chilean family-run spot trades exclusively in pizza, with buzzy long tables at the front, and date-night twosies toward the wood-fired oven. We opted for the simple yet effective rucola (£8.50) — mozzarella, parmesan and rocket on a charred, light sourdough base. And a super satisfying entry point this was, but the out-and-out victor of these napoletana style givers of joy was the Boscaiolo, a variation on a classic, with the use of cured black forest ham. Combined with red peppers, garlicky mushrooms and a taste of gorgonzola this is a pizza that did everything right, avoiding the temptation to overload the base. Would do again, in fact, already have. Two years ago, we were still going to Pizza Express. But between Laghi's, Otto and Alicia's the pizza scene in Birmingham is finally getting to where it deserves to be. Open Tuesday to Saturday; fully licensed; do book at weekends. Menu