He tiptoed carefully toward us, carefully holding the bottle of beer between his fingertips. This was his second attempt as the first bottle had fizzed and overflowed across the counter when he popped the cap off. It is with this type of care that owner, Janne Bonnevier, treats his customers that sets 450 Gradi apart from many of the pizzerias I have been to in Stockholm, aside from the fact that their pizzas are out of this world delicious.
We both ordered the January pizza, without the salsiccia, which is a type of Italian sausage. Most places would simply take your order and leave it at that, especially with a line growing behind us. Janne however took the time to ask if we wanted to substitute a topping in place of the salsiccia and even suggested sun-dried tomatoes. Those sun-dried tomatoes were some of the best I’ve ever had and I’m almost positive that they were homemade. They were so tangy and delicious and they added the perfect flavor given that the pizza was made without tomato sauce.
As we enjoyed our pies we witnessed Janne personally thank and say goodbye to every guest as they made their way to the door. The quaint feeling that this type of service gives was only accented by the traditional decor with its red-checkered tablecloths, natural brick wall and a lovely, old-fashioned wallpaper.
I discovered 450 Gradi earlier this week on an Instagram feed that I follow and I decided that no matter how long it took to get there (we don’t have a car), we were going to visit 450 Gradi this weekend. It took us about 45 minutes to get their via subway and commuter train and I can honestly say that the travel time spent was completely worth it. We will definitely be back! 450 Gradi would be especially wonderful in the summer when outdoor seating is open.