St Domenico Pizza Bar
This pizza joint in Richmond could well have been shipped direct from Italy. St Domenico serves authentic Neapolitan pizza that’s a real contender for the best slice in the neighbourhood.
The Stagioni flour for the hand-stretched dough, along with the specialty cheeses and cured meats (including the hard-to-get San Daniele prosciutto) are all imported from Italy. The menu is based on owner Roberto Tarquinio’s mother’s recipes and the restaurant is named after his grandfather. Alongside the classics, there are gluten-free bases and vegetarian options.
There was no space for a wood-fired oven, but Tarquinio installed an Italian stone oven instead, which reaches similar scorching temperatures.
A retro neon sign hangs alongside a shiny glass cabinet filled with cheeses and hams on display. There’s Peroni and Fat Yak on tap, and Italian wines behind the bar.
Tarquinio’s family has traded in various operations on Bridge Road over the past three decades, running a deli, cafe, bottle shop and restaurant at various times.
St Domenico was previously Roberto’s, a pizza restaurant Tarquinio ran for 10 years before he sold it. In early 2015, he took back the reins, overhauling the space and rebranding to accommodate a younger clientele.