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.
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!
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
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?