Today on the Dining Diaries,
We discover pizza in Naples must be just ‘ok’
“Hype” can have a negative affect and
When the moon hits your eye and it ain’t a pizza pie, there’s no amore’ to be found.
Today the Dining team were in Adelaide CBD.
We have heard a LOT of buzz about the Pizza e Mozzarella Bar situated in Pirie st.
I had even previously tasted a slice or two when a pizza had been taken back to the office by one of my work colleagues and had been impressed.
I had also heard Matt Preston from the Australian version of Masterchef say that this place has the best pizza outside of Naples
I didn’t want to let past experience sway me though, and just wanted to judge my dining experience on the present – as with all my reviews.
My reviews aren’t meant to be a be all and end all, just a written account of my opinions on the day I went into an establishment.
When you first walk into the Pizza e Mozzarella Bar, you walk into an invitingly warm room. The smell hits you first.
Woodfired pizza’s cooking means there’s a heavenly smokey smell throughout, with hints of garlic and tomato.
The carpet and mismatched water glasses make you feel like you’re at your nonna’s place.
It definitely whet’s your appetite!
A waiter addressed us as soon as we walked in, set us at a table and explained the specials to us. He was very thorough and persuasive because I ended up choosing the meatball entree that he suggested. Hubby went for the Capricciosa Pizza.
You can also view their menu online which I usually find handy.
When the dishes came to the table I was pretty excited. I could smell the tomato and basil coming from mine and it had been smothered in a gorgeous sauce.
I couldn’t wait to try it!
The meatballs were pork and veal (from memory) mince and had mozzarella cheese in the middle.
It’s not in the photo but this dish also comes with four slices of continental bread which is just heavenly!! So deliciously fresh and soft.
I started mopping up my sauce with the bread before I’d even tasted the meatball!
That sauce was just divine and probably the best thing I had in this place tonight.
I’m sorry to say that while hubby didn’t have an awful experience with his pizza, he didn’t love it either.
The dough was really spongy and fresh and tasted great. The only problem was, the centre of the pizza was watery and soggy.
He wasn’t able to pick up a slice. Maybe that’s how they do them in Naples? Although I’ve been to Naples and I don’t remember the pizza’s being like that.
I felt really disappointed for him because I knew he must he was looking forward to having some good pizza.
The pizza had a bit of a rustic look. He also felt like there wasn’t enough toppings. The photo doesn’t really bring out how barren the pizza was. However, I can attest to the fact that in Italy, the pizza’s are like that. Hubby has a Canadian/American background and I’ve seen the way they pile on the toppings over there then smother it was cheese and more cheese. Sadly this pizza was barren however, what was on there DID taste good.
The music that was playing when we were there was eighties and nineties pop. I would have thought they could have gone for something Italian – something more authentic. It was sometimes a distraction.
I was told they make that beautiful bread I ate in-house and in fact, I could buy some to take home if I wanted.
The restaurant also does cooking classes which may interest some people. Their website gives you more information.
For the dollars that this place asks, and for the reputation that it has, I would have expected a little more and I’m sorry to say we were a bit disappointed and not entirely full when we left.
After strolling through the city, we went to the Adelaide Central Markets and made everything right again with a couple of treats!
Love the Adelaide Markets!
Have you been to the Pizza e Mozzarella Bar?
What did you think?
Let me know in the comments below!
Till next we chow…