Bimbo Deluxe had been on my list to try ever since I passed the large sign in the window stating F*CK GLUTEN. Bimbo Deluxe offers $4 pizzas at selected hours and days, with an extra $2 for a gluten free pizza. There are separate preparing areas for gluten free and non gluten free to ensure there is no cross contamination, and any pizza topping can be made gluten free. I took advantage of the cheap pizza hours on a Saturday night.
From the entrance of Bimbo Deluxe, the venue doesn’t look so big, a large bar features in the middle of the room and dining tables are to the left, to the right is an opening in the wall allowing entrance to a much larger room, with stairs leading to the bathroom, a small private room and the outdoor ‘decking’. The second room is filled with comfy couches, low tables and a DJ booth. The lighting is so dim it’s hardly possible to see the food in front of you. The windows are adorned with thick, heavy red curtains, blocking out any spec of outside light, and most lights are covered with lampshades or feature red globes. Creepy wire dolls surround flat spaces near the ceilings, glass ornaments hang above, and pairs of shoes have been glued to the underside of the staircase.
The (gluten free) pizza bases are thin, almost pita bread-like and the toppings are minimal, but the size of the base doesn’t offer much space or hold for much. My friend and I shared both the ‘Salmone’ pizza and the ‘Zucchine’ pizza. The pizzas aren’t really made or topped like traditional pizza stores, Bimbo opts for throwing on each ingredient, pushing it in the oven and voila – but it works well.
The Salmone pizza featured salty smoked salmon meat (as opposed to sliced smoked salmon), mozarella, mascarmone and parmesan cheese, and overcooked spinach. The pizza was full of flavour, but despite the salty salmon and the oils produced from the cheeses, the pizza was very light.
The zuchinni pizza featured large thin strips of zucchini, sundried tomato which had huge bursts of strong flavour and cheese. The tomato sauce base was unexpectedly impressive.
For the price of such simple but tasty pizzas savored at such an interesting place, it’d be hard to go wrong at Bimbo Deluxe.