With the cooler weather, comes the lazy night ins on the couch, in our jammies, rugged up under a blanket, ordering takeaway along with a bottle of red wine and a movie/tv show marathon to take our minds off the crazy cold outside. We did just that a few weekends back and our takeaway of choice? Pizzas at Tony Tomatoes on O’Connell Street, a new found favourite amongst our growing list of favourite pizza places.
Tony Tomatoes hails from the same owners as Ruby Red Flamingo, which is only around the corner from the pizzeria. The dining area is large and open with plenty of seating inside and outside the premises and there’s also an open kitchen along the back wall so patrons can watch the pizza artists do their magic, rolling out the dough, twirling it in the air and finally pressing it out into a pizza pan ready for all the delicious toppings.
We’ve actually dined at Tony’s multiple times but out of all the times, I didn’t bring my camera. Therefore, that gives us the perfect excuse to return with the camera in tow. 😛
We placed our order through and grabbed a seat at the bar whilst we waited for the pizzas to be ready.
Mr pig pizza; $22.90, contadino pizza; $24.90
2 pizzas: the Mr. Pig and Contadino. These were actually the 2 first pizzas we ordered when we came to Tony’s for the first time late last year, and they were delicious, a thin and crispy base with an interesting mix of ingredients that worked perfectly together. Weeks later, we were back for the Stranger’s birthday and pretty much ordered all the pizzas on the menu with our massive party of 16 (?), but we’ve settled on these 2 as our favourites from the lot.
The Mr. Pig pizza is topped with broccoli pure, mozzarella, rabe broccoli, pork and fennel sausage and fresh chilli. Who knew that broccoli on pizza could taste so good? They were cooked well, soft but not mushy, scattered in melted mozzarella with bits of tasty pork and fennel sausage with a good kick of heat from the fresh chilli slices. Yum! The Contadino leans more towards the gourmet variety of the toppings on offer with mozzarella, mushroom quartet, truffle paste, fresh prosciutto and fresh basil. So. Incredibly. Moreish. The paper thin slices of salty prosciutto balanced well with the rich truffle paste and earthy mushrooms, and the basil leaves left a fragrant peppery note on the palate. Delisiozo! We had both pizzas on the 72hr classic thin base which is made with a white high protein flour which has been proved for 72 hours. They’ve also got a wholemeal superleggera base which is made from rye, oats and wheatgerm which tastes just as good for the health conscious as well as a gluten free base which is made in house for an extra $3.00.
We thought we’d finish both pizzas easily but only managed to bite our way through one… I suppose the small serving of Chicken Chef hot chips that we picked up on the way home filled up our bellies more than we anticipated. Oops!
To have with our pizzas was a bottle of Krondorf Growers Barossa Shiraz 2012 that was sent to us courtesy of the kind folks at Cellarmasters. The perfect accompaniment with our delicious pizzas and a nice drop of red to warm our bellies up.
Krondorf Growers Barossa Shiraz 2012
The Barossa Shiraz won Cellarmaster’s Red Wine of the Year in 2014 and it has been touted as one of Australia’s best red discoveries with its big, rich and melt-in-the-mouth style.
Its colour is a vibrant red with slight purple hues with an intense and fragrant berry fruit aroma with a hint of vanillin oak, and there’s a generous mouthfeel with a complex mix of plum, spice, black fruits and integrated oak.
The Stranger stopped at one glass after having a big night out before, so that meant a bit more vino for me!
Our bellies full and warmed, the wine was the perfect nightcap for the evening.
Thank you Stuart, James and Cellarmasters for the beautiful wine! I’m sure we’ll be on the lookout for this shiraz next time we’re on the hunt for a red or when we’re visiting the Barossa Valley for a wine stock up day trip.
[dbites was gifted Krondorf Growers Barossa Shiraz 2012 courtesy of Cellarmasters]
8/155 O’Connell Street
North Adelaide SA 5006
P 08 8239 0080
Sun 12pm-2.30pm, 5.30pm-late