Having carved out a reputation for dishing up some of the best pizza in Sydney’s inner west, Pizza Mario has opened a second venue, Da Mario, in a refurbished warehouse on Morely Avenue.
Linger over lunches of rose or bianche pizzas including the margherita ‘extra’ with buffalo mozzarella, or marinara con tonno with preserved tuna, speck e fontina with smoked prosciutto, or Gorgonzola con radicchio, all emerging from the central wood-fired oven. True to tradition, the toppings are minimal to allow the ingredients to shine. Bases are thin with puffy edges and cheeses are molten-fresh from the oven. Of course you can get calzone or specials of risotto too - but their reputation is built on the Pizza Napoletana.
With raw brick walls, exposed pipe work, huge stacks of firewood by the doors and the bright red pizza oven on show for all, the interior is an appropriately simple backdrop for some of the best pizza going around. And of course the pizza oven is from Naples, which is so big it weighs a heft three tonnes. The deck is a lovely spot for the sunny days ahead.