Australia Day was such a beautiful day the wife and I decided to go for a drive to Mclaren Vale. Not just a random trip either. Nope, the wife specifically wanted to try out Pizzateca. She said she heard a lot of good reviews about it and wanted to try them out. I figured, why not, it would be an excellent opportunity for a Pizzateca review.
My Pizzateca Review
McLaren Vale is always beautiful, so the drive through the region was most enjoyable. As we drove up to the restaurant, I noticed it was pretty full. I turned to the wife and told her we had Buckley’s of getting a table. She then admitted that you needed to book well in advance if you wanted an outdoor seating. We parked the car in the hope of finding a table inside.
“Table for two,” I said to the lovely lady that came up to us. “Certainly,” she replied as she lead us to our table. A menu was supplied, with a bottle of water and we were left to decide what to have for lunch.
We settled for arancini to share and I went for the Quattro Formaggio while the wife decided on the Salami pizza. We figured we could share them anyway. According to the menu, Vito suggested adding olives to the Quatro Formaggio, and I just thought what the heck, Vito would know best, right? As it turns out, Vito was right.
As for wine, I selected the local Shiraz, specifically the V.MITOLO & SON PIZZA ROSSO SHIRAZ. The wife decided on the prosecco and peach nectar.
Pizzateca Food Review
While we were waiting, we saw a waitress carrying one of the pizza. Oops we thought, we probably could have shared one. Oh well, shit happens right. The pizza promptly served, and it was two, four, six, eight, bog in don’t wait.
My Quattro Formaggio was divine, and yes the olives certainly set it off. Truthfully though, and this is nothing against the chief pizza maker, it was a little rich and is probably best shared with others. I tried the wife’s salami pizza, and that was also delicious.
One thing to note, their pizza is not your typical pizza with heaps of topping. The Pizzateca pizza is more traditional Italian and best folded or eaten with knife and fork. Our waiter did bring this to our attention, but we’ve had traditional pizza before so was well aware of the fact.
After ordering dessert, limoncello infused ricotta and rice cake; we noticed a waitress with Bialetti two cup coffee maker! “Could we have one of those,” we asked? Sure thing. Whoo, hoo! It’s great to have a good cup of espresso after a good meal.
We were just about to ask for the bill when they asked if we would like a complimentary glass of Limoncello. Are you kidding me, complimentary and Limoncello in one breath? I reckon my face must have been beaming. It was so sublime I wanted to buy a bottle. Unfortunately, they couldn’t sell it which was why they were happy to offer the fruit of Nonno’s labours for free.
My Pizzateca review summation: I cannot fault Pizzateca, the food was excellent, as was the service and the ambience. If you’re ever in the area, you will do well to drop in.
While you’re here, why not check out some of my other reviews.
Pizzateca address: 319 Chalk Hill Road, McLaren Vale, SA 5171
Phone: 08 8323 9762