The bastion of regional Australian cuisine has finally landed in the big smoke. Newtown’s the home of Sydney’s first inner city store, but until there are more, the delivery area is quite extensive. They’re taking on the cheesy, fast food pizza set, and in comparison to the inedible swill we received after regressing to Pizza Hut recently, they get my vote. Franchise owner Brian Meknas (formerly Pizza Haven) is well placed for comparisons; “the dough is a lot lighter”, and “unlike Domino’s and Pizza Hut they don’t use flavoured meats.” I shudder to think.
The proof however is always in the pudding, and even the Apple Crumble Dessert ‘Thingie’ ($4.95) is good. It’s warm and satisfyingly full of spiced apple.
Since I am talking about dessert first this time, here is the other option they have, a Choc Berry Crunch Dessert ‘Thingie’ ($4.95) which I didn't like as much as the apple crumble.
Commence your order with a Garlic Four-Slice Pizza ($4.95) because they're good.
They also come in Sweet Chilli Four-Slice Pizza ($4.95) which didn't appeal. My dining companion reminded me that sweet chilli is treated with a special reverence in many regional areas, and it's probably just not to my taste being a city queen. He's probably right.
I did however like the Chicken Club ($13.95) chicken, bacon, cheese, mushroom, red onion and capsicum topped with shaved parmesan, fresh parsley and a garlic aioli swirl.
Surf and turf, a perennial regional favourite, is generous for the price in the Steak and Prawn ($13.95) pizza.
This arrival won’t make gourmet pizza-makers tremble, but I’d crown ‘em king of the rest for sure! Brian’s catering is competitive too; he already counts “all the clubs and societies at Sydney Uni” as clients. They call him ‘The Pizza Man’. If you want a real bargain, go pick up your pizza on Tuesdays. Word is they're a steal at $4.95 for the traditional range.
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