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Pizza e Birra

2008 November 13

pizza e birra“Tuesday Date Night” has become: “Whenever is convenient for us as we’re too tired and have other commitments Date Night”. Monday night we decided would be Date Night this week. Wanting to get out of the Thai food rut we’ve been in of late, we decided on the Trinity Bar. Close to home, wide menu and ok prices, but on the way past found it was packed. So we kept going.
For my birthday recently I had wanted to check out Pizza e Birra, but at the time, their pizza oven was on the blink. A slight problem if you’re a pizza restaurant! Tonight, our luck had changed and there was space and the pizza oven was back online!

We settled into a tight little table for two down the side of the restaurant, looking over at the punters at Toko. Our first glimpse of the menu was interesting. A great range of pizzas, very traditional, and opposite a range of antipasti, pasta, salads (contorni) and desserts (dolci)…we checked out the table behind us, bubbling away in Italian and their pizza! Looked delish…

The boyfriend stuck with his preference and got the Margherita: simplicity in red, white and green with buffalo mozzarella, tomato and basil

margarita

I chose from the list of Pizze Bianchi (White pizzas, no tomato base) and ordered the Piccante: chorizo sausage, leeks, olive oil, parmesan and topped with rocket:

piccante

The pizzas are all one size and range in price from $19 – $26.  We also ordered the insalata di rucola: rocket, pear and parmesan salad with aged balsamic. This was a lovely but pricey side salad, no doubt the generous serve of cheese and the aged balsamic adding to the $15 price tag!

salad

One of the things I like about excellent quality pizza is the beautiful bottoms. nice bottom

It might seem odd, but cheap and nasty pizzas are not nicely cooked on the underside. This is usually due to not having high quality bases and the pan frying technique beloved of the big chains. You can see in the pic above, that the only oil on this baby is the oil they drizzled on the top! I mananged to eat only half of this pizza and it reheated beautifully at work the next day…

Dessert was a bit of an afterthought, and of course we chose the chocolate tart with caramelised banana (Torta al cioccolato):

chocolate tart with caramelised banana

This was the only low light of our meal, the tart is obviously one made in bulk and kept in the fridge. It was ok. It was chocolate and that usually covers a multitude of sins!

All in all, a pricey pizza joint great for a group (big round table in one corner), with very authentic pizza made with care.


Pizza e Birra
Shop 1, 500 Crown Street
Surry Hills
02 9332 2510
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4 Responses leave one →
  1. November 14, 2008

    Ooh that is a generous serve of cheese in the salad! I like the look of both pizzas but the tart looks a bit sad on the plate to me for some reason? :S

  2. November 15, 2008

    Yeah, I have to agree with you. We both expected more from a place like this…maybe I’ll try a dessert special next time and see if it’s better…

  3. November 15, 2008

    BTW I tagged you-have a look at the site – it’s totally up to you if you want to participate 🙂

  4. November 20, 2008

    Hey, good review! i’m italian and i agree that they make real pizza! But you have to try Lucio in Republic Square..i think it’s the best i tryed so far.

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