PIZZA AUTENTICO is a progressive all you can eat Italian Pizza and Pasta restaurant in Surry Hills. The lovely gents from Ompty took myself and the lovely Nat from @getfatwithnat to dinner at this remarkable local.
The concept is a simple and fun one, one embraced by most Brazilian meat venus. For 90 minutes, enjoy unlimited pizza and pasta from their range of 30+ pizzas and 10+ pastas for $20 per person. You get a colour disc on your table per person. Green means go as in keep bringing me food and Red is stop. There was a pause option but for the life of me I can’t remember but you can pause for dish or two to get your breath.
PIZZA AUTENTICO VENUE:
The venue is a renovated terrace off Oxford St on Brisbane St in Surry Hills. It is two stores and is all about communal dining. On the ground floor section, where we ate, is a giant cement slab table that literally takes up the entire room minus a walk around for waitstaff and patrons to get to the seats. The table is huge – we took one corner at the far end and feasted over wine. One wall has PIZZA AUTENTICO logo next to a stencil of what Italy looks like, the other wall has small photo frames. The third is a glass entry window and the fourth is the wall separating kitchen from patrons, this is a chalkboard where they write specials and the dessert menu.
The venue is comfortable and relaxing and the dimmed lighting really does make you feel right at home. On the table, while we dined, was probably six small groups of people, as far as we knew they could have been in other rooms.
It is advised to book but the upstairs room is more large tables so they do accomodate walk-ins and large private group bookings.
While they offer thirty individual pizzas they do not make thirty different types each night. It is the luck of the draw as to what they are serving on each individual night. I also believe the menu changes seasonally pending on what is available to suit the chef’s needs.
Some examples from their menu include:
Libellula – Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, Potatoes and Gorgonzola. V
Primavera – Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, Eggplants, Zucchini and Capsicom. V
Fiessese – Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, Italian Sausage, Mascarpone, Rocket and Truffle Oil.
Valtellinese – Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, Bresaola, Rocket and Parmesan.
Prosciutto e Funghi – Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, Ham and Mushroom.
You need to remember this all Italian influenced, even their wine menu ONLY stocks Italian wines and beverages. Speaking of wine – it’s a freaking awesome selection.
On our night I think we tried three or four different pizzas. The pizza below was a nice mushroom pizza and oddly my favourite pizza for the night was an eggplant pizza, the odd bit is I never eat eggplant, something I will need to remedy.
We had two pastas on the night. A tomato based penne and blue cheese gnocchi that I went back for seconds, thirds, fourths maybe :). It was amazing.
The one thing we noted was that the food tastes good and is simple in the making. Minimal ingredients and no flashy garnish or anything needed when serving people out of a large bowl or plate. Pizzas had three or four ingredients, pastas appeared to be pasta with a sauce. Don’t take it in the negative, the dishes sung but don’t be expecting nuanced silver service dishes baked on the breasts of shaved llamas in the Himalayas then seasoned with thirty five things only blind monks could locate in underground ancient caverns. It is home style Italian cooking in a restaurant, there will be no meat lovers but you will get a good feed.
The one negative I had was that plates were never changed or replaced. You get a plate for pizza and a bowl for pasta. It didn’t make for sexy photos putting creamy gnocchi into a bowl that recently had tomato based penne in it. This is also my excuse as to why the eggplant pizza down below doesn’t look as sexy as it deserved.
TAKEAWAY & MARKETING:
In the first sentence of the review I called PIZZA AUTENTICO progressive. Why you may ask? Well besides the fun food and fantastic venue the peeps that run it are marketing savvy and on the front foot for anything to get their food and experience out there.
Firstly, they are signed with Ompty, a great website based mainly in the city and Eastern suburbs that offers discount food options. The Ompty gents, Mike and Tony are the two friends who invited me to this dinner, their concept works really well and I have used it myself a few times when in the area. You visit the website, you type in the area you want to eat at, how many people etc. Then all the discounts in the area display for you, select the one that suits you best and book it in. No obligations, no details, no cost. Enough Ompty love, wouldn’t want them to get a big head :).
Besides Ompty PIZZA AUTENTICO has one incredible website, it is simple, impressively layed out and so easy to get all the information you need. On top of the website they offer all the home delivery needs you would require with options from Uber Eats, Foodora and Deliervoo. They are also about to launch the Hey You App which will let you order from your phone so you can pick up when it’s ready, ideal for the home journey from work. See…….progressive.
Back to the food. There a couple of dessert options available but these are not part of the $20- all you can eat. Of course we had to indulge in a Nutella Pizza for our group. I think it was about $16-. And it was bloody beautiful.
And then we shared some beautiful tiramisu – loved it. It’s a compliment when I say it reminded me of my stoner days pigging out on Vienetta after a giant pizza haha.
PIZZA AUTENTICO is a great concept. Embracing the “nanna’s house” idea that you can drop in and eat your fill. It’s smart having a cheap price point, the value add will come from dessert and drink purchases. I love the communal dining idea and if I still lived in Surry Hills this would be a weekly dinner venue with friends, especially if that blue cheese gnocchi was being served :). Thanks again to the venue and the Ompty boys for a fantastic evening.
Pizza Autentico Deets:
15 Brisbane Street, Surry Hills, Sydney
Phone: (02) 8317 6347
Monday to Thursday: 6pm–10pm
Saturday and Sunday 5.30pm–10pm
*** JK (and any guests of Spooning Australia) were invited guests of the establishment. However, as always, if it was shite I would happily tell you as such.