Every neighbourhood has their own local pizza joint, but Vincenzo’s is the kind of homely pizzeria that makes you wish you lived in the area!
We’re here today with a small group of foodies to check out some of Vincenzo’s menu.
It’s been a while since I set foot in Broadway, a place I often frequented back in my uni days. So yes, I might be a little late to discover but how the food options have improved!
We’re here today one of the many restaurants which didn’t used to be here- Bondi Pizza – with FCBA to try out a selection of their menu. And it’s quite a feast!
It’s not my first time at Bondi Pizza, infact I think I’ve visited just about every Bondi Pizza branch now……except the one in Bondi!
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m no connoisseur when it come to pizza- I can easily count on one hand the number of times I’ve had pizza this year, and of those times it has either been from one of the major pizza chains or from a pub. So it probably doesn’t come as a surprise that Lebanese style pizza isn’t something I’ve tried before, and probably also explains my excitement when Manoosh Pizzeria, kindly invited me to have a taste of their menu!
By title, Manoosh is a pizzeria, but have a just have a quick look at their menu, and you’ll find that there’s a lot more going on than just pizza. It’s our first time here, but we instantly know that they must be doing something right when they’ve got a table full of restaurant awards and the place is packed full of customers waiting for takeaway orders at noon on a Saturday.
Whilst pizza classics like supreme and meat lovers will always hold a place in my heart, lately I’ve been more interested in more unusual flavour combinations. With pizza flavours like pulled pork, tandoori chicken and peking duck becoming more mainstream, it seems like any dish can (and will) be recreated on a pizza these days!
So when I was invited to attend Crust Pizza’s event to sample their new Simply Better range, with three new exciting flavours, I was quite keen to attend! And what better way to sample good food than relaxing by the beach with live music?
Crust pizza is always working to reimagine pizza and set new pizza trends and their latest work has seen them introduce the Simply Better range to their menu- an innovative range for the health conscious pizza lovers. All Simply Better pizzas are made on a spelt and wholemeal base and made from locally sourced fresh produce, including paddock to plate lamb and beef.
The first of the pizzas to be sampled is the Biltong Spiced Lamb, but before the pizza is brought out, we try the lamb itself. The lamb is sourced from Australian pastures- it is nice and tender, and remarkably fresh. The biltong spice was quite unique in taste but paired nicely with the lamb without overpowering it. I have yet to try biltong (a spiced cured meat, similar to jerky) myself, but if it tastes anything like this lamb, I’m sure I’d love it!
The Biltong Spiced Pizza is even tastier than the lamb itself, with plenty of lamb, topped with broccolini, pine nuts, lime and a drizzle of lemon yoghurt. There is a nice textural contrast, with the broccolini baked til crisp (almost like kale chips!) and the pine nuts adding an extra crunch.
The Harissa Hummus Chicken pizza is next to follow, again with a sample of the house cooked spiced chicken first. And don’t let the (blurry) photo fool you- the roasted chicken is much more flavoursome than it may appear!
The Harissa Hummus Chicken pizza itself is quite an innovative pizza, with a harissa hummus base instead of the usual tomato. There’s a lot more happening in this pizza, with spiced chicken, chickpeas roasted capsicum, caramelised onion and almond slivers toppings as well as a garnish of rocket and mint yoghurt. The harissa hummus base works surprisingly well and we don’t find ourselves missing the sweetness of tomato sauce at all. I also love the generous amount of rocket which adds quite a bit of freshness.
And last but not least, the Wagyu Shōga pizza. This Asian inspired pizza uses a hoisin and tomato base, which makes for a sweeter pizza in comparison to the previous two. The wagyu beef is the main focus of the pizza, meltingly tender without the chewiness you usually get in beef pizzas. The beef is complemented with wild mushrooms, green capsicum, ginger (shōga) and a light Japanese dressing.
We’re quite impressed with the Simply Better Range- and still can’t decide which one’s our favourite because they’re all delicious and unique in their own way!
The Simply Better Range is available at all Crust outlets and pizzas are priced at $21 for large.
Thought I’d start the new year with something exciting, but I haven’t actually made anything exciting lately so I’m posting these lazy pulled pork recipes instead to reflect my laziness as of late.
You can probably tell from the fact that my first post of 2015 comes a whole 27 days into the new year (: