Our two favourite things have collided in delicious fashion.
Santa Maluco is a pizza restaurant launched by the Graffiti Spirits Group – which has brought you popular independent venues such as Salt Dog Slims, 81Ltd, Santa Chupitos, El Bandito and Slims Pork Chop Express. As they have pretty much completed the Ropewalks end of town, it was time for the team to pitch their flag at the other end, bringing their signature independent feel to Liverpool’s famous Castle Street.
But this isn’t your traditional Italian pizza parlour. No. This is a Brazilian Rodizio pizza restaurant. Rodízio is an ‘all you can eat’ style of restaurant service common in Brazil where you pay a fixed price and then stuff your face. So when you go to Santa Maluco you will pay a ‘preço fixo’ and the servers will bring samples of pizza to you at several times throughout the meal, until you signal that you physically can’t take anymore. What we are basically saying is that make sure you wear your oversized pants when you visit, because you are bound to eat a lot of pizza. So much so you might go down in local Liverpool folklore.
Speaking of pizza, Santa Maluco have definitely pushed the limits of what can be considered pizza. Italians, you might want to look away now. They’ve got dessert pizza, a cheeseburger pizza and now a “Chicken Kiev” pizza that is even more delicious than you’re imagining right now. It’s a delicious mix of garlic, mozzarella, chicken breast, brioche parsley crumble and aioli. Stop whatever you’re doing and try it soon. Don’t forget Independent Liverpool cardholders can get 10% off the total bill Sunday-Thursday.