Bandit Pizza & Wine
Menu - Mr Yum
You mightn’t expect a restaurant on the ground floor of a modern apartment block on a main road to feel cosy. Yet Bandit Pizza and Wine (from the team behind Anchovy Bandit and Bottega Bandito) manages it.
Maybe it’s the low-ish ceiling creating a sense of intimacy, the trattoria-esque curtains or the inviting neighbourhood vibes. Or perhaps it’s the warmth and glow of the woodfired oven, out of which the team pumps out loaves of sourdough, arrosticini skewers and crusty pizzas. One thing we know is that the familial setting is one you’ll want to keep returning to, whether you’re a local or visiting from the other side of town.
The food is certainly worth travelling for. Head chef Antonio Pruner leads a menu centred around perfectly-puffy Neapolitan-ish pizzas. They might come topped with kipfler potato and kohlrabi kimchi, or lamb ragu. Beyond the pie, you might find SA king prawns with 'nduja butter; sugarloaf cabbage with salumi xo; and those aforementioned lamb skewers, drizzled with lamb bearnaise.
It's clear the wine shares equal billing with the pizza. Bottles line the walls the whole way around, and two wine fridges with handwritten labels house the best of them. There’s a substantial offering of Australian and Italian varieties. Some of it’s on the exxy side (a bottle of Krug champagne, for example), but it’s not intimidating. Bandit’s just as happy for you to come in for a glass of house vino.
Outside of wine there’s a selection of four pre-batched cocktails; plus a simple beer list featuring Coopers, Peroni and some crafties.
The timeless space has a similar set-up to Anchovy Bandit, with bar seating on one side, and a dining room on the other. Enormous windows let in natural light, illuminating the green-accented bar, bar seating and corduroy-covered banquette seats. Old-school-style Strega and Aperol posters adorn the walls; shelves are stacked with glass and ceramic knick-knacks and ceramic-potted plants; and the plates and wineglasses are adorned with a cheeky cartoon bear motif that also appears on the label of the house wine, which staff helped bottle with The Stoke Wines from Kangaroo Island.
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