Pizza lovers rejoice! Fired Up, run by Nancy and Rory Laffan, make some of the tastiest pizzas and have taken over the kitchen at No.77 for the whole month of January 2016. No.77, located in the village of Caxton just 13 miles from Cambridge, usually serve Thai food but their chefs are taking a break in Thailand this month. This is where Fired Up come in! With their handcrafted mobile pizza oven in tow, they are delighting customers with their authentic wood fired pizzas prepared with homemade dough and topped with fresh ingredients.
The official launch of Fired Up at No.77 was held on Saturday, 9 January 2016. Nibbles and fizz were on hand for the celebration but Paulo and I booked a table for dinner. We were delighted to run into Kelly Molson of Grub Club Cambridge / Rubber Cheese and her fiancé Lee Allison so we shared a table. Good company and good food… what else could you ask for?
The nibbles for the launch, whilst not on the menu, were made with Fired Up’s selection of fresh ingredients such as artisan cured meats from their antipasti board as well as cheese and roquito peppers for their pizza toppings.
However, what’s nice about this pop up at No.77 is that Fired Up are able to offer a more comprehensive menu in a cosy restaurant setting. Their menu includes:
- 7 different types of pizza (most of them can be prepared gluten free upon request) topped with delicious ingredients, such as crispy duck, ‘nduja, spicy sausage, goats cheese, pepperoni and smoked ham;
- A variety of starters: bruschetta, garlic bread, mozzarella and an antipasti board with meat or vegetarian option;
- Sides featuring herb slaw and two types of salad;
- Desserts: chocolate pot, sundae or sorbet.
The menu also features mini pizzas and ice cream scoops that are sure to please the little ones.
We decided to try their starters and sides, which were big enough for 2 people to share. We had wood fired garlic bread with mozzarella and rocket, made with Fired Up’s excellent dough. We also enjoyed a fresh salad featuring rocket and shaved parmesan in balsamic and olive oil dressing. Simple, yet delicious as all of the ingredients were high quality.
Fired Up’s homemade dough really sets them apart from your average pizza. Nancy and Rory’s research in Naples several months ago has really paid off, resulting in a light, yet crisp and tender pizza dough baked to perfection in their portable brick oven. With imported Italian tomatoes and virgin olive oil as base ingredients, Fired Up’s pizza is a real winner!
I still need to try Fired Up’s other pizzas but couldn’t resist my favourite… the ‘nduja and basil pizza! ‘Nduja is a spicy spreadable sausage from Calabria, Italy which adds a lot of smoky, piquant flavour. Pronounce it any way you like but ‘nduja will always mean spicy deliciousness!
The other pizza ordered was topped with spicy sausage, roasted peppers, chilli, fresh herbs and parmesan. I’ve had this one before and it’s a real winner, especially for those who want a little kick to their pizza.
If this is making your mouth water, don’t delay… Fired Up are only at No.77 until 31 January, 2016! I strongly recommend booking a table. If you’re relatively local, you can also place an order for take away (pizza, garlic bread and sides only). Food hours are:
- Tuesday to Thursday: dinner 5pm to 10pm.
- Friday and Saturday: lunch noon to 2:30pm, dinner 5pm to 10pm.
- Sunday: noon to 8pm, films at 3pm and 6pm.
In the meantime, No.77 will be celebrating Fired Up’s pop up with live music, pizza making sessions and Italian themed films. Follow them for more details.
I know I’ll be making the most of Fired Up’s presence at No.77. They really do whip up some of the best pizza around. My Italian ancestors would be proud!
I was invited to attend the launch of Fired Up’s pop up at No.77. The fizz and nibbles were complimentary but dinner was at my own cost. All views are my own. Fired Up and No.77 were unaware that my experience would be the basis of a written review. I did not receive compensation for my review.
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