Pizzateca put down roots in mid-2016, after a handful of successful pop-ups at Alpha Box & Dice winery. It’s the venture of Tony Mitolo (who in another life was the drummer for Empire of the Sun and Pnau), his father Vito and their mate Tim Anderson. Mitolo junior and senior already worked together as winemakers under the guise of V. Mitolo & Son.
An imported Italian wood-fired oven sits in the restaurant, which is fresh and white with signature pastel-pink and green accents. Tony dubs the pizzas “Oztalian.” Influenced by his time in the United States, Italy and here at home, he has borrowed from each country’s style to make one of his own, that’s closest to the Naples style – crispy.
A stubborn streak must run in the family, as many arguments between the Mitolos have been had over the style of margherita on offer. There are two on the menu. Vito’s is sugo, fior di latte and nothing else. Tony’s version comes with added garlic and fresh baby roma tomatoes. It’s listed as “Pomodoro” if you wish to compare the two.
Wines from V. Mitolo & Son are on pour to match, or available to buy at cellar-door prices.