NaRoma Pizza Bar

Growing up in Burlington, we always referred to Hamilton as “the armpit of Ontario”. It had crappy shopping, too many one-way streets, and it ruined the scenery of Burlington Bay with its gross factories. So when I accepted an internship at Hamilton Health Sciences, I did it only because I could live at home in smog-free Burlington while commuting to Hamilton.

Little did I know that this year I would actually start to like Hamilton. I don’t love its rush hour traffic or its ugly factory district, mind you, but I’ve found other aspects of the city I love. One of those aspects is of course its food.

My latest favourite Hamilton restaurant find is NaRoma Pizza Bar (website) on Locke Street.

NaRoma Pizza Bar

I met up with some fellow interns here for dinner last week after hearing good things about it, and we did not leave disappointed! We got there at 6:30 pm, which was the perfect timing because just 10 minutes later the front entrance became packed with people waiting for tables. At that point we knew we were in for a good meal because no one waits that long for just mediocre pizza!

NaRoma Pizza Bar

We decided to go for the “famiglia” sized order, which is 18 slices and allows us to select up to 3 different pizzas on the menu (so you get 6 slices of each pizza). This was perfect because we each got to choose one and split them between us! We eventually decided on:

1) Brie cheese, mozzarella, fig jam, caramelized onions, prosciutto, arugula, and reduced balsamic
2) Tomato sauce, mozzarella, eggplant, and parmigiano
3) Chicken, pesto, roasted red peppers, artichokes

NaRoma Pizza Bar

They were all so good I can’t even choose a favourite! But I will tell you that we all left NaRoma Pizza Bar very stuffed and very satisfied.

Hamilton, you just may win me over yet.

What’s your favourte pizza topping combination?

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23 Responses to NaRoma Pizza Bar

  1. itz hard to choose a favorite… depends what i’m in the mood for.. i definitely like a classic veggie but sometimes i also like pineapple!

  2. I’ve never heard of a pizza bar before, but seeing as I love pizza, I think I need to go to one! My favorite toppings are peppers and onions!

  3. Mmm, pizza. I don’t have it too often, but I love going to the ‘real’ Italian pizza places. In London, I love Pizza Pie (the service is awful but the food is amazing) and I love the pizza from Fellini Koolini’s. Favourite toppings…if we’re going for classic delivery pizza, I like Hawaiian or BBQ chicken. Fancier places, I like smoked chicken, roasted red peppers and brie!

    • Chelsea

      I’ve never been to either of those places! Hmm we’re going to have a hard time choosing a restaurant for when I come visit next!

  4. mm looks tasty. I have to say I have always been a fan of types of lettuce on pizzas, it just tastes so fresh that way

  5. Omg that brie pizza sounds AMAZING. We are now recreating that this weekend haha. That’s awesome that they let you choose three different pizzas like that…never seen a restaurant do that before!

  6. What a great concept- Best way to try them all and full slices, instead of stealing nibbles! The one with brie……

  7. I had no idea it was called the armpit of burlington!!! That’s hilarious though Ive never been to hamilton so I’m going to trust your word that it’s not as nice as burlington but apparently has good pizza!

  8. I hate to say it – but I definitely think Hamilton has a better pallet than Burlington. There are so many little unique hidden gems here and the foodie scene is way more prominent in Hamilton than Burlington.

  9. I’m -so- boring when it comes to pizza, with my favourite honestly being just straight up cheese, but I have to say that the first combo with fig jam and cheese sounds absolutely incredible…

  10. Gosh! You find the best gems of places to eat. I wish we’d explored more culinary experiences when you were living here! For now, I’ll just live vicariously through you. I’m not sure of my fav pizza topping–I don’t eat it very often–but the one I’ve been craving for and trying to talk my boyfriend into chowing down on with me lately is a sundried tomato and chicken combo in some form! Where was the best pizza in London, foodie friend!?

    • Chelsea

      I didn’t actually go to many pizza places in London… I did have a really good prosciutto and caramelized onion pizza at Garlic’s though!

  11. omg I wish we had a place like this here! Nothing beats great pizza anf this place looks amazing! I also love that you went with the interns! It makes me really excited for next year!

  12. I’m not sure what my very favorite topping would be but I do love pizzas full of veggies with a chunky tomato sauce :) I’m not a fan of white sauces so I’d say that would be my least favorite!

  13. Yummmmm….pizza is totally my weakness. I love simple pizzas — pepperoni or margarita! Sometimes I’ll do tomatoes & mushrooms or green peppers & pepperoni!

    I really love your blog, I’m glad I found it! I’d LOVE to see you join Fit Tip Tuesday this week!! Your nutrition and health expertise and opinion would be greatly appreciated! ;)
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    • Chelsea

      Thanks for inviting me to join in Fit Tip Tuesday Lisa! :) I’ll get my thinking cap on and try to come up with a post for next week!

  14. Omg, that brie pizza sounds/looks amazing! You know me, girl, I LOVE my pizza! I think it would be easier to say what toppings I DON’T like: green olives…and I’ve never tried anchovies, but I’m not much on salt so I figure I probably wouldn’t be a fan. I’d try it at least once though because you never know! :D

  15. I love Locke Street! Have you tried Earth to Table Bread Bar? It’s one of my faves. So good!

    • Chelsea

      YES! I loved it there. I’m a big fan of all of the restaurants owned by that restaurant group (Spencer’s, Cambridge Mill, etc).

  16. Aoibhel

    The “armpit of Ontario”? Please. I moved from Hamilton to Burlington 3 years ago and I cannot wait to return to my home town. Burlington is full of shallow white people who stare at handicapped people and are rude to people working customer service. There is no interesting architecture, no interesting neighbourhoods, no cultural districts. Just strip malls, box stores, housing divisions and condos. Oh. And uppity white people.

    • Chelsea

      Hi Aoibhel, sorry if I offended you! I wrote this post with a very sarcastic tone – I wasn’t really serious. And as I mentioned, I’ve grown to quite like Hamilton. I’m sorry you’ve had a bad experience in Burlington thus far.

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