Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Pizza Mario, Surry Hills

My first visit to Pizza Mario was with my blogger friends on the night of our visit to Tio's and Wild Rover. I knew I wanted to come back ASAP as I'd enjoyed one of the BEST pizzas of all time here. Strong words indeed but I don't mess around when it comes to Pizza.

You'll find Pizza Mario hidden within the St Margarets complex on Bourke Street. I find this a really s-t-r-a-n-g-e area.  A courtyard is surrounded by modern apartments that have been developed around the old St Margaret's hospital. The hospital part is really cool, but to me the courtyard is kinda soulless and it's a mega wind tunnel so being outside on a day when there is the slightest breeze is not fun.  But...head in doors to Pizza Mario and none of that matters anymore (you'll also find Morena here plus an awesome looking cheese shop).

We start our dinner with a Ruchetta Salad - rocket, Parmesan, olive oil and lemon juice ($8.00). I always like to have a simple salad when I'm indulging in pizza. I think it tricks me into thinking I'm being healthy. It works for me so it's a theory I'm going to stick with.

Our only meat pizza of the night is the Calabrese - mozzarella, ‘ndujia (hot salame) and gaeta olives ($22.50). I love how THIN the pizza bases are here and they have a wonderful, almost smokey flavour from the wood fire oven. This is a good pizza, but not the one I've been lusting after since my first visit.

Ah, behold my beloved Gorgonzola - con radicchio mozzarella, gorgonzola and chopped radicchio ($21.50). I ADORE the earthiness and saltiness of the gorgonzola on this pizza - I'm a salt fiend so perhaps this is why I love this pizza so much. The radicchio is just window dressing really although its bitterness does offset some of the pungent gorgonzola.

The margherita  ($17.50) is a true Naples style of pizza - tomato, mozzarella and basil ($17.50). It's simple but as is so often the case, the simple things in life are often the best.  This is also the only "red" pizza we ordered for dinner - all the others come sans tomato sauce.  I think this style of pizza just illustrates how gross all those "stuffed crust" abominations really are...blergh. 

Last but not least is the Patate - sliced potato, sea salt and rosemary ($15.00). This is something that I often make at home as I have more rosemary growing on the balcony that I can poke a stick at!  What I make though cannot compare to this.  The base is cooked directly on the floor of the hot oven is just marvelous and I think impossible to recreate in a conventional home oven. Shame.

Oh we also had wine. I think this is a Pinot Gris...whatever it was I REALLY liked it. It was quite sweet in an understated way and I think it paired really well with all the "white" pizzas we enjoyed. Bottoms up!

Pizza Mario is located at the St. Margaret's complex; shop 9, Ivy, 417 – 421 Bourke Street, Surry Hills.

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  1. i love thin crusts over thick doughy crusts too!

  2. Sherrie @ Crystal NoirJanuary 29, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Those pizzas look glorious - nothing like the let down I had at Vapiano last time. Gotta try the gorgonzola because I too am a little bit of a salt fiend :P

  3. That looks so delish! Wish it was my local - sadly not close enough to home with young kids' bedtimes to think about :(

  4. the gorgonzola pizza sounds amaaazing

  5. Tina @ bitemeshowmeJanuary 30, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    the pizzas here are some of my favourite in sydney. i find it's probably the closest thing to the pizzas in italy - minimal toppings but jam packed with flavour!

  6. I've heard really good things about Pizza Mario and you make it sound so delicious. I know this is going to sound dirty but I love stuffed crust but in saying that, I haven't had in so long lol

  7. Helen (grabyourfork)February 3, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    Love potato pizza! And puffy potato bases! Definitely planning on heading here soon.

  8. I've not paid for a pizza in Sydney for years - but finally your photos of the margherita and patate might have swung me - think I'll plan on going there soon ...

  9. It's worth a visit...also perhaps check out Haberfield for good pizza.


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