It’s one of the world’s universally loved foods – the circular dough topped with whatever your heart desires that we call pizza. In recent years, South Australia has been blessed with the arrival of an array of speciality pizza joints that’ll leave you with mozzarella strings hanging from your chin and fill you with a whole lot of amore.
We scoured Adelaide CBD for some of our favourites (it was a hard job but someone’s got to do it). Here’s our top 5 spots to try next time you’re hankering for a slice.
1. Sunny’s Pizza
It might be hidden away in the West End, but Sunny’s is always buzzing, like the neon lights that fill its interior. The pizza is delicious, the vibes are undeniably fun and the DJ (yes, there’s a DJ inside this restaurant) gets your head bopping, preparing you for the night ahead. And you thought eating pizza couldn’t get any more fun? Here it can. As far as the pizza goes, they keep it simple at Sunny’s, with just six options and a bunch of sides to choose from. The Eggplant Parmigiana pizza (#3) is a must try, with even devout carnivores loving the veggie delight. The best bit? It’s always open late, so if those work drinks went too long you’ll still be able to squeeze in your pizza after (phew!)
Location:17 Solomon Street
Open: Wednesday to Saturday, 5pm to 2am, Friday 12pm to 2am.
2. Antica Pizzeria e Cucina
This authentically Italian restaurant has gained a fast following since opening in 2013, with vibes and food that any nonna is sure to be proud of. Antica’s Mediterranean décor is the icing on the cake (or the mozzarella on the pizza), the perfect accompaniment to their traditional wood oven pizzas. Their point of difference? The iconic one-metre pizza, which can host up to three different pizza toppings from their menu, perfect for sharing with a group for a special occasion. The size may be novelty but there’s nothing silly about the taste, which is still as sublime as ever. Top tip – the Quattro Salumi is a must for carnivorous pizza fans.
Location:226 Morphett Street
Open:Friday and Saturday, 11:30am to 3pm and 5pm to late. Tuesday to Thursday, 5pm to late.
PS: They also have a restaurant in Hyde Park if you’re looking to avoid the hustle and bustle of the CBD.
3. Pizza e Mozzarella Bar
Stepping into Pizza e Mozzarella Bar is what we imagine stepping into a traditional Italian village kitchen would be like. From the chillis hanging on the walls to the friendly team and wafts of scrumptious hand-made dough, this place is Italian heaven on earth. The open pizza kitchen lets you see the masters at work, and you can even get tiramisu spooned out of the bowl onto the plate in front of you (do it, you won’t regret it). Meals are served on old crockery with character, so you’ll feel right at home, and they even run cooking classes where you can learn how to make and prepare dough, sauce and of course the finished product. Belissimo!
Location:33B Pirie Street
Open: Monday to Thursday, 12pm to 3pm. Friday 12pm to 9:30pm. Saturday 5pm to late.
4. Amalfi Pizzeria Ristorante
There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of finishing a large Amalfi pizza. If you’re familiar with the place, you’ve likely been at least 475 times, and if you’ve not been, you’ll likely become a regular in no time. The iconic restaurant is buzzing every night of the week, and while it’s sometimes a tight squeeze to fit inside, you’re guaranteed a delicious feed, quick service and great value. The Amalfi special is one of the best interpretations of “the lot” we’ve tried, but if you’re not feeling pizza you can always go down the pasta route (you won’t be disappointed). Our hot tip – be brave and deck it out with chilli oil and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese, because if there’s a mountain of toppings you might as well add to it, right?!
Location:29 Frome Street
Open:Monday to Friday, 12:30pm to 2:30pm and 5:30pm –to10:30pm, Saturday 5:30 to 11pm.
Good for your stomach and the environment, Etica is an Adelaide stalwart that’s not to be missed on your pizza trail of the city. Their traditional wood-oven pizza is made with ethically sourced produce, hence the Italian name – Etica translates to “ethical”. This intimate little restaurant is perfect for a night out with loved ones, whether it be with one or ten of them. The banquets cater for groups of seven or more, and you’re guaranteed not to leave hungry. Settle in for a night of culinary wonder from your cosy little table right by the oven. Oh yeah.
Location:125 Gilles Street
Open:Wednesday to Friday, 6pm to 12am, Saturday to Sunday, 5:30pm to 10:30pm.
So go forth, find your favourite slice around Adelaide, but remember this is only scratching the surface. There’s plenty more cheesy delights to be discovered.
Share your favourites in the comments below. We’ll be doing the ‘burbs soon, too. Stay tuned!