Mack Daddy’s opened on Beaufort Street four years ago and has managed to ride out the well-publicised closures that have beset the area. Defying the odds, the New York-style pizza shop has now expanded, moving into the larger premises left behind by Five Bar, one of its former neighbours, a few doors down the street.
The venue was founded by friends Charlotte Boon, Liam Foad, Chris Souter, Stuart Ellis and Phillip Lomax to recreate the New York pizza experience. It’s developed a strong following for its quality pies – sold by the (huge) slice – and appearances at the Northbridge Rooftop Movies and Palace Arcade.
“We just loved New York and missed those big cheesy slices you can get on every corner,” general manager Boon tells Broadsheet. “We spoke with three of our other friends – two were chefs – and talked them into coming on board with us, and that’s how it began. Perth loved what we had to offer, which has given us the opportunity to expand.”
The new 180-capacity venue is four times the size of the original. Extensive renovations were required to convert the existing kitchen.
“We took apart the kitchen, stripped it bare and built it up. Our pizza ovens are so big, they take up most of the room,” explains Boon. “We wanted to keep the open kitchen that Five Bar had, to have that engagement when they do the pizza flips.”
The new dining space retains the no-frills feeling of the original. The hip-hop aesthetic and sneakers hanging from the lights will be familiar to longtime patrons.
The menu has grown slightly but remains simple, in true New York style. Hungry groups of eight to 10 diners can now share a 28-inch pizza. Expect the classics – Mama Mack’s Margherita and Big Tony’s Pepperoni, say – alongside Southern and American-Italian inspired toppings such as Buffalo chicken, Creole-style barbequed shrimp, and Mama’s Meatballs with Italian sausage – a crowd favourite. Dietaries are catered for with offerings such as gluten-free and vegan pizzas.
“We’re keeping our pizza menu quite simple. We’ve got 15 pizzas and have expanded our sides as well,” says Boon. “We’ve got mac and cheese, loaded potato skins and a couple of substantial salads for people who don’t want the dough and cheese.” You’ll also find chicken wings, mozzarella sticks and stuffed jalapenos.
The new venue is licensed, with six tap beers (including Brooklyn Lager), a WA and SA-heavy wine list, and cocktails.
560 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley
Tue - Wed: 5pm–10pm
Fri - Sat: 11am–late