Time machine to 1889
The traditional Italian pizza was ‘invented’ in Naples in 1889 and all Italians know that pizza made Naples style (alla Napoletana) is just unbeatable. Pizza Mario is one of those rare places where you can still find this traditional Italian pizza, with its fluffy yet thin base, simple toppings and lots of flavour.
The unmissable buffalo mozzarella (again, traditional to Naples) makes the Margherita Extra a must try. Pizza bianca (i.e. not having the usual tomato base) is also available – I love the one with speck and fontina. The drinks menu includes no-fuss Italian wines (like decent Montepulciano) and Birra Ichnusa, traditional to my beloved Sardinia (check it out!).This place is also famous for its tiramisu, which I tried and liked, but my sister’s is still my favourite.
The setting is basic, but the ‘hidden away’ feel to this place makes you feel like you have found a local gem. The location is superb, just seconds from Oxford St or the bars in Surry Hills. The staff won’t make a song and dance about you, yet they are nice, very efficient and their bulging biceps can surely carry a lot of plates!
All in all, Pizza Mario is a great find for a low key yet great dinner, whether you are on your way out or wrapping up a weekend after a Sunday session.
Another good pizza option is Mad Pizza in Darlinghurst or on Crown St in Surry Hills.
View: www.pizzamario.com.au; Visit: St. Margaret’s Shop 9, Ivy, 417 – 421 Bourke St, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010 (note, it’s easy to miss this restaurant from the street); Call: +61 2 9332 3633; Wallet: Pizza from $11 to $25.by