Cal's has been on my list of eateries for a while now but, as I reach my 18 month anniversary of moving to the North East, I confess working my way round to visit everyone has been slow. So my invitation was a great excuse to finally get myself there.
Cal's Own is a small pizzeria making up authentic Brooklyn style pizza in an open kitchen, with many of the ingredients sourced from Italy.
Delivery is available if you live in the Jesmond, High Heaton, Benton, Sandyford and Shieldfield areas of the City but for those of us living in the less trendy parts of Town, Cal's has a very cosy little restaurant where you can bring your own bottle and enjoy some mighty fine food.
Having heard so many great tales of the amazing pizzas served at Cal's I couldn't wait to finally try one for myself.
But first to whet our appetite we were presented with some other delicious treats including warm bread (I overindulged), meatballs (the best I've ever had) and sausages (too spicy for me but I am a self confessed wuss!)
The food was so delicious - hot, fresh and very moreish. I managed to conquer the challenge of eating meatballs on a paper plate and helped myself to two servings.
Finally the pizza appeared, along with hands reaching from every direction to grab a slice. I could tell from the rate the pizza left the table that it was going to be very special.
Luckily I was with a friend who had long arms and soon a huge chunk of meaty pizza was in my hands.
It was absolute heaven, completely worth the 18 month wait - although did make me wonder why I'd left it so long.
The good news is that this means I definitely have to return to get my hands on the gorgeous looking thin crust pizzas.
Happy Birthday Cal's Own - thanks for completing this honorary Geordie's initiation.