A Definitive Guide To Adelaide’s Pizza Scene
Adelaide’s new spin on a centuries old European staple: pizza.
Adelaide’s relationship with pizza has gone to the next level. We’ve moved well on from greasy pepperoni, thick crusts and string cheese, to long proving times, sourdough bases and minimal toppings. Add in produce sourced from Adelaide’s fresh, local food scene and pizza is elevated to the next level.
Tucked away on an artsy little laneway off Hindley Street, Sunny’s is a retro, dimly lit little hole in the wall.’ Sit in one of the few booths or side-by-side at the bar. For pizza, expect ingredients like crumbed pork and fennel, tomato, fresh oregano, chilli, and ricotta salata. Pair them with a boutique beer, cider or watermelon cocktail.
17 Solomon Street, Adelaide
Etica offers pizza is two locations; a buzzing spot with a mozzarella bar or café-style two-storey day setting. Day or night, you’ll get wood-fired pizza sporting ethically sourced produce. The Halifax Street location has been designed to reflect an abattoir with glasshouse design, but both Etica venues challenge how we consider food venues in contemporary Australia.
125 Gilles Street and 84 Halifax Street, Adelaide
This converted warehouse turned Pizza Meccanina bar is right at home in bohemian Bowden. The corrugated copper bar, marble bench tops, a wood fire pizza and striking red vintage truck… sink your teeth into authentic Napoletana pizzas in this industrial chic setting.
The menu is easy to decipher, with the pizzas numbered from one to nine. The No.4 Prosciutto is popular with san marzano tomatoes, ore di latte, fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil, parma prosciutto, rocket and parmigiano.
2 Hawker Street, Bowden
A pizza conversation in Adelaide isn’t complete without Melt. It all started, for these pizza legends at the Waymouth location, the tapas-style pizzeria. Pair your specialty pizza with Spanish meatballs, albondigas, truffle and peas, scallop, and the ‘38’, which is zucchini, caramelised onion, and speck.
Try the Melt classics: hummus with ground lamb, pan fried haloumi, baked gnocchi with peas, pesto and cream, and white anchovies with egg gribiche. Their hand-selected wines and cocktails are popular drink choices.
38 Waymouth Street, Adelaide, 1/160 King William Road, Hyde Park, 269 Seaview Road, Henley Beach
Antica’s owner, Anthony Crea, focuses equally on food and fitout. Its rustic, urban décor is home to Adelaide’s infamous one metre pizza. The city location is particularly unique, with its award-winning contemporary Mediterranean décor and custom design interior. It’s intimate, authentic and memorable.
Start with a selection of Italian cured meats and cheese or fresh sliced swordfish, served with olives, onions, capsicums, lemon and granita dressing. If you’re brave, go the ‘one-metre’ or go something a little bit more manageable, like the Calzone Rustico (scamaroza, swiss brown mushrooms, casalinga salami and leg ham, topped with napoletana sauce. Or the Gamberi, boasting garlic prawns, fior di latte, grilled zucchini, and cherry tomato. Antica also specialise in fresh pasta dishes.
226 Morphett Street, Adelaide; 144B King William Road, Hyde Park
Thanks to Tony, pizza has never been so colourful. Its playfully named pizzas match the vibrant open-plan room. Try the La Frosh – bresaola, mascarpone, mozzarella, artichoke, rocket, shaved parmesan, lemon dressing and pepper. Or the Rib Ravioli which has hand-made pork and veal rib meat ravioli with casalinga tomato sugo, and pecorino cheese.
If you come with a group, go the banquet menu. A dinner gathering? You’ll get a selection of pizzas, pork ribeye tagliata, spatchcock, scotch fillet tagiata, spelt salad, and semifreddo and chocolate fondant… because, with Tony, there’s always room for dessert, even after pizza.
155-157 O’Connell Street, North Adelaide
Head on down to the Chicco Palms, Adelaide’s hippest new pizza shop. It’s beachy, minimalistic and eccentric vibe makes for perfect, ‘just out of the city’ dinner. The plates are as much fun as the décor. For snacks, there’s chicken cotoletta, carpaccio beef and crochette potato. There’s pizza, of course – marghertia, marinara, salamino, and prosciutto. For something a little more, try the Sunday roast lamb or eye fillet bistecca.
437 Henley Beach Road, Brooklyn Park
(Lead image: Pizza Meccanina)
Published 14 February, 2018