Pizza Mario is one of those restaurants that I’ve been wanting to try for such a long time, but never got around to trying until a couple of weeks ago. According to TimeOut Sydney: Pizza Mario is ‘the only pizzera given the seal of approval from the Verace Pizza Napoletana – the governing Italian body that makes sure pizzaioli (pizza makers) are doing the right thing by their clientele.’ That’s pretty big!
The Russian, Tigger and I stepped into Pizza Mario’s – a darkly lit, modern dining area in the St. Margaret’s complex in Surry Hills. The menu is scrawled along the back wall and the tablecloths are green and white checkered - molto Italiano! We ordered a few items to share. Firstly, there was the rocket salad which was lightly drizzled in olive oil with a few flakes of parmesan cheese. Light, crunchy and balanced out the pizzas nicely.
Patate Pizza $15
I was completely set on ordering the Patate pizza once we had organised to dine at Pizza Mario, because I had read that this was a must try. And yes, it definitely lived up to expectations! A thin and crispy base topped with thinly sliced potatoes, maldon sea salt and rosemary, and drizzled with olive oil. It was beyond awesome! So simple, but so right. Definitely a must try.
The second pizza we ordered was the Capricciosa, which consisted of a tomato base topped with mozarella, olives, artichokes, mushrooms and ham. We also loved this combination which was more of your traditional pizza. And very nicely cheesy.
Pizza Mario have definitely succeeded in the thin base, traditional pizzas. You won’t find your Meatlovers or Supreme here! Instead you will find some fantastic varieties of thin base pizzas with simple and minimal toppings. The service was a little bit slow although friendly. This is the kind of place that would be perfect for almost any night! I will definitely be back, if only for that patate pizza! Yum!Pizza Mario Shop 9 Ivy, (St Margaret’s Complex) 417-421 Bourke St, Surry Hills NSW 2010 Tel: (02) 9332 3633 www.pizzamario.com.au Open 7 Days from 6pm onwards