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“Surprisingly good pizza”

Pizzeria La Roda Groga
Ranked #7 of 28 Restaurants in Besalu
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Pizza
Description: Small, cosy restaurant (8 tables); stone walls. Home-made pizzas; we make our own dough. Some desserts are home-made too.
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Description: Small, cosy restaurant (8 tables); stone walls. Home-made pizzas; we make our own dough. Some desserts are home-made too.
Reviewed 24 June 2017

We rarely eat pizza when we travel. It’s the sort of thing that you eat at home when you are too tired to go out and too lazy to cook. But a recent month-long trip to Lanquedoc and Catalonia brought home to me how much pizza has become a part of the local diet in this part of Europe. Not just for tourists but for locals. One night recently after a long day of travel and being desperately hungry, my wife and I and our two travel companions walked into the wonderful old city of Besalú looking for something to eat when most of the restaurants were not yet open. So we went into La Roda Groga for some pizza, with little expectation that it would be particularly good. We were certainly treated to a surprise. Not only were we warmly received by the staff but we were served some of the best pizza we’ve had in ages. Combining a variety of local ingredients, the chef has produced pizzas that are both interesting and delicious and in a sense truly Catalonian. The pizzas are thin crust and have found that sweet spot where the crust is neither too hard nor soggy in the middle. The choice of toppings is interesting and creative. We washed it down with some very inexpensive local wine that was nicely drinkable and complimented the pizza. We liked our meal so much that we came back a second time two days later. This time we talked to the chef, whose English is excellent having spent a year in the U.S. If I had him making pizza in my neighborhood back in L.A., I’d be eating there once a week.

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Reviewed 29 September 2016

We had a really good lunch here on a Sunday. This small yet cozy restaurant, located in the old part not far from the river and bridge, doesn’t open until 1pm. Being hungry, we were waiting at the door. The owner is very friendly and speaks excellent English. Service too was excellent. Our two pizzas were tasty and prepared with great care. You can watch them being made. Spicy olive oil is provided if desired. We can definitely recommend this pizzeria if you are visiting Besalu.

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Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

Pizzas are good, but the service can be a bit slowly.

Spinachs salad seems to be expensive, but its very tasty.

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Reviewed 24 August 2016

Really tasty pizza, lovely atmosphere, friendly welcome. We really enjoyed the food. Nothing except salad or pizza, which is fine. Better to do that well than a wide variety badly imho. Dessert was delicious too. Besalu is pretty touristy, so good to eat somewhere which is genuinely good.

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Reviewed 16 July 2016

This small pizzeria is off one of the squares in the old part of Besalu on the way down to the river. There are just a few tables but this increases the feeling of authenticity and welcome. The menu is in English which is useful as there are varieties of pizza that I have not seen elsewhere including those with truffle oil. There was plenty of choice for the vegetarian. The owner chef was engaging and clearly wanted feedback on the food. The kitchen is part of the dining room and watching the pizza being made is part of the experience. Pizza was excellent and great value.

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