Alex Harmon let me in on a little known Bondi pizza joint...
On the fringes of Bondi Junction’s food biodome, this unassuming pizza and pasta joint has the secret weapon that time forgot – good service. The young waiters are eager to please and quick to point out they’re not an in-and-out takeaway joint (though they’ll do that too).
Their salads are fresh and contemporary; we opted for the Pear and Rocket ($9.90), which comes loaded with pine nuts, Gorgonzola and chewy sun-dried tomatoes.
Also on the entrée menu, but big in size, is their Pappardelle with Smoked Salmon ($15.90) - chunks of salmon, artichoke and tomato with big ribbons of pasta.
This is not to say that their pizza isn’t good: Peri Peri Chicken ($16.90 / medium) doesn’t lack heat or toppings, nor is it weighed down by surplus cheese. The Sicilian Seafood ($17.90 / medium) is good too, although it’s a mixed income family - with fresh and frozen prawns - suitably matching the feature wall, which drapes the Colosseum in washing lines.
By this point the restaurant is full of locals, the waiters whiz from table to table like they’re addressing old friends, but insist we stay for dessert. We comply and take the White Chocolate Brulee ($7.90) deliciously creamy under a 'crack' that would make Mama, or these days, Manu, proud.
Rocky’s Pizza Place
46 Bronte Road, Bondi Junction
Ph: (02) 9369 4022