Mama mia, it’s Friday!
Friday nights are the perfect excuse to go out with workmates and/or friends into the city for after work drinks, dinner and maybe a few more drinks to toast to the end of a another work week!
Time to venture out and try a new pizza joint that’s been operating on Pirie Street for the last couple of months, they make their pizzas on site in their wood ovens inside the restaurant so the place smelt of fresh baked pizza, mMmmmm. The alluring smell definitely got ones taste buds going as it wafted through the air and lingered all the way up stairs through their multi level venue.
We got seated on the highest level overlooking the restaurant and the kitchen right below us towards the front. There was also an open counter bar top at the front of the place – a perfect spot to have your pizza whilst people watching. The decor was a mish mash of old and random decor pieces; plates, crockery and furniture are a mix and match of op shop goodies which had a nostalgic charm about it.
Tuna carpaccio with pickled white bait & Buffalo mozzarella served with wood oven bread; $18.00
Now this was my kind of carpaccio – the ‘melt in the mouth’ kind. The tuna slices were paper thin and oh so delicate; when paired with the fresh and surprisingly light buffalo cheese… ah-maz-zingggg!! Each mouthful was appreciated and savoured slowly. The pickled white bait added some bite that woke up the palate and the wood oven bread added that extra textural element and balanced out the strong flavours of the dish.
Prosciutto pizza: prosciutto, mushrooms, cheese served with fior di latte cheese; $21.00
Next up, pizza; you can’t hit up a pizza joint and not order their pizzas! We narrowed down our choices (so many great topping options!) and settled on the prosciutto with mushrooms, cheese and fior di latte cheese. The base was thin and baked to a delicate crispy crust. The prosciutto was finely sliced and sparingly topped over the pizza with a good amount of mushrooms and cheese adding sweetness and cheesy goodness. A really simple pizza yet so full of flavour and light.
Tomato salad; $9.00
Fresh tomato salad, drizzled in olive oil with a welcomed bite from the basil leaves. Tasty and refreshing but definitely not worth the price tag!
Pork belly with crackling & romesco sauce; $24.00
So… am I saving the best for last? The pork belly with crackling had our names written all over it when we pored over the menu, but when it was placed on our table, I have to admit… it didn’t look that appetising at all. Remember that saying – ‘Don’t judge a book by it’s cover‘, yeah, well don’t! Don’t let the looks fool you cause this was surprisingly super tasty! The meat was tender and juicy with good seasoning, much more so than the pork belly we had at El Toro Espanol, and the crackling was so freaky deaky crunchy that I was afraid my chomps couldn’t handle it at one stage. I wouldn’t say it was the best dish of the night, so saving the best for last doesn’t quite sum it up on this occasion, but still pretty damn good in my books!
Happy Friday folks!! Relax, have fun and happy eating!
Pizza e Mozzarella Bar
33b Pirie Street
Adelaide SA 5000
P 08 8164 1003