With the Boy being a huge fan of Italian food, it’s no wonder why he brings a bunch of us to Pizza Mario. It was proclaimed to be in the top list of Sydney’s best pizzas so he just had to try it (see Sydney Morning Herald article here).
I’ve no idea how the Boy managed to drag out a bunch of the boys, but I am so thankful he did because it meant more for us all to try :)
Salsicce con Cime di Rape $23.50
This pizza consists of mozzarella, spicy sausage and cime de rape which is a form of broccoli. The toppings sit on a thin piece of dough which is light, crispy on the bottom with a slight chew – the way it is done in Italy.
This was one of my favourite pizzas with mozzarella, gorgonzola, mushroom and ham. Simple ingredients bring out the best of some flavours. The saltiness of the ham and creaminess of the gorgonzola is offset by the subtle mozzarella and mushroom creating the perfect balance in flavours.
Calzone con Salame $21.50
To be a little different, we order a calzone, that is, a folded pizza, filled with ricotta cheese, buffalo mozzarella, salami, black pepper & tomato. Simple yet again and great tasting. I just personally found the ratio of crust to filling was overpowered by the crust.
Margherita con Ruchetta e Crudo $23.50
We simplify things down a little with a margherita pizza with the addition of prosciutto and rocket. This one seemed to be a hit with the boys as it had the most meat on it :P
Chalkboard Special – House Salad
To break the carbs up, we order a house salad. From memory it was simply rocket tossed in a home made vinaigrette, topped with pecorino cheese (I think).
Chalkboard Special – Home Made Lasagne
Something that caught my eye was the home made lasagne. I’m a sucker for lasagne as I just find it so comforting. I just had to get it. Sadly, our sad little piece of lasagne wasn’t accompanied by anything and it was a bit rough around the edges (burnt, really). I don’t think there was much love put into this piece of lasagne but the flavours were great. A fragrant tomato sauce layered in between soft and tender pasta sheets with meat and vegetable filled bolognese sauce.
Does Pizza Mario really produce some of the best pizzas in Sydney? Well, I don’t think I’ve tried enough to make a conclusion yet, but I do have to say the pizzas served here surely do remind me of the pizza served in Italy. It has been the most authentic Italian pizza I have eaten so far where the base is the star of the show and the topping is minimal but flavourful.
Now, the hunt continues on.. what pizza place shall we try out next?