Well Pizza Autentico, little did we know but this little slice of Italy really was something we had never experienced before.
Down the very tiny one way street of Brisbane Street (Yes, Brisbane street but still in Sydney). You will come across one of the most unique ways of having pizza we have ever seen.
So the meal is a buffet, but not as you would expect a pizza place. This one is oh so very different. You have a counter in front of you, with green on one side for feed me, and a red side for ‘its time to roll me out the door’. Every 5-10 minutes you have a member of staff coming around to offer you a different slice of pizza or type of pasta. If they find you have not liked what is coming out, they will ask if there is nothing that you would like on a pizza. I thought this was a really nice touch and goes to show they really care about there customers.
Jonny is from Guildford in the UK and has been open for nearly 2 years in April 2016. With a private table upstairs for $29 each (groups of 5 of more), or you can sit on the communal downstairs table and pay $20 for a collection of samples that will have you needing to unbuckle that belt.
So we sat down for lunch (the only day they open for lunch is Friday from 12.00pm through to 2.30pm). We spoke to Jonny the owner who explained the way things work there. Bring on the food we were thinking. It is a communal dining table but not once did we feel like we were being crammed in, nor did we think it would be that way in the evening.
All pizzas are by the slice and pasta is by the small bowlful. So we had the following in order over an hour period.
- Ham and Pea
- Cucumber, aubergine and red pepper
- Very sweet with the vegetables
- Loaded with meat
- Meat might be to spicy for the delicate mouths
- Herbs on top
- Olives and Tomato Pasta
- Pasta cooked just right for me
- Ricotta and spinach
- Potato and pork sausage
- Caraway seeds may be to much so some peoples palette
- Rocket and Parma Ham
- Courgette and Potato
- Courgette gets lost in the flavour of the cheese
- Cream sauce base instead of tomato
- Spaghetti Bolognaise
- Bacon and Spinach
Then for dessert Tina managed to fit in;
- Tiramisu -$8
- This has a very subtle coffee taste
You could also get yourself a Nutella pizza for $16, but at this point we were full and had turned our counter up long before the mention of desserts.
One thing Jonny did say to us was that all fruit and veg used on the pizzas and in the pastas are sourced from the market that day, and also the tomato sauce consists of crushed tomatoes and salt only! We have failed to mention the cheese, this cheese can make or break a pizza. This one is just great, perfectly stringy and neither to much nor not enough on each slice we had.
So we would say, if you are in Sydney and want to try different pizzas that you wouldn’t be brave enough to spend $20 alone to try. Then get yourself down to Pizza Autentico and see Jonny and the team and get fed like royalty for just $20!