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New Zealand, Christchurch - Base Woodfired Pizza

Base Wood Fired Pizza - The King

In the make shift shopping mall, Re:Start, lies a quality pizza operator providing wood-fired pizzas to the masses. With a range of pizza varieties and two sizes, the light and tasty pizzas provide an excellent option for the family or as a lunch time option for the office crowd. I had The King and enjoyed a crisp thin light base with ample toppings and fresh pineapple. Delicious pizza at an excellent price. . . . → Read More: New Zealand, Christchurch – Base Woodfired Pizza

NYC Pizza - 25 Oct 2013

NYC Pizza - Broadway Vegetarian

Like the pizzas I ate in America, NYC Pizza is an excellent representation – big, bold, generous in size and flavour. You will notice the names of each pizza variety take their name from New York City – Brooklyn, Broadway, Soho, Union Square, Central Park, Manhattan, Grand Central, Wall Street etc – it’s a who’s who of typical places in New York, many of which I visited. The combination of ingredients are a little adventurous as I have never seen pumpkin on a pizza but they pulled it off with supreme confidence pairing it up with feta and semi dried tomatoes in the Broadway Vegetarian variety. The Bronx BBQ Chicken and Bacon is typically American with the distinctive taste of BBQ sauce pairing well with chunks of flavoured chicken and salty bacon. So delicious, the huge slices, thin crispy base, flavour combinations, and lunch time specials make it all the more appealing to come down and enjoy pizza by the slice for lunch. They also do catering so if you like their pizzas, then grab them whole. They also sell breakfast and what is typically New York? Bagels. . . . → Read More: NYC Pizza – 25 Oct 2013

Stuzzico - 16 May 2013

I really enjoyed the pizza’s in the dine out area by the street. There isn’t a dine in area but they offer free wifi and a PC. The pizza base is thin, light and crispy while the simple combination of ingredients work a treat in the different variety of pizza’s on offer. I really enjoyed eating the freshly prepared out of the oven slice of ham pizza. The room temperature rocket and proscuitto pizza was also delicious and presented a very different contrast. Most slices are $5 each and they also offer coffee, panini’s and a few pasta dishes. If you’re after a quick lunch time meal that is a bargain, then head to Stuzzico. . . . → Read More: Stuzzico – 16 May 2013

Ciao Italia - 31 Jan 2013

Ciao Italia - Squid Ink Pasta

When I last visited some 3 years ago, the food was fantastic. This time around, nothing has changed. I really enjoyed all the dishes I ate, the pizza, tortellini, the rigatoni, the black squid ink pasta, and the delicious desserts. The prices may look a bit expensive but the servings are large. The quality of food is excellent and well worth the money. The venue may be a little cramped but the whole feel, buzz, business, and decor adds to the theatre. The Italian waitstaff are attentive and friendly and provide great service. The food is very quick out of the kitchen and the popularity of the restaurant is evident with a full house in no time. I really enjoyed the food here and would definitely recommend a visit. . . . → Read More: Ciao Italia – 31 Jan 2013

Stones Pizza - 6 Dec 2012

Stones Pizza - Buttered Fun Guy

It helps when you’re hungry and the food is tasty as you really savour and relish the flavours. The wholemeal pizza bases are light, thin, floppy and tasty, yet you wouldn’t think they’re wholemeal. I enjoyed the unique flavour combinations of the carefully put together pizza’s. The standout for me was the butter infused flavour within those mushrooms with the hint of garlic on the “Buttered Fun Guy”. I also throughly enjoyed the “Devine Lamb” pizza with tender lamb pieces in an excellent oregano and mint marinade. I really enjoyed the pizza’s which were a little different to what I’ve eaten previously. . . . → Read More: Stones Pizza – 6 Dec 2012

Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar - 29 Oct 2012

Crust - Heirloom Tomato Upper Crust

If I hadn’t visited Crust before at Brookfield Place, after eating the pizza’s from the Vic Park store, I wouldn’t be back in a hurry. There was a major difference in quality. The pizzas at Brookfield are fresh and tasty, but those at Vic Park, albeit eaten 20 minutes later, were a little stale and a little disappointing. The limp rocket typified the experience. Maybe it’s the store. Still, I’m grateful for the invitation and I hope they keep the Heirloom Tomato Upper Crust pizza on the menu though it could do with more tomatoes. That had great flavour and the burst of moistness from the juicy tomatoes were a delight. . . . → Read More: Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar – 29 Oct 2012

Cafe Nocello - 5 Aug 2012

I really enjoyed the wood fired Capricciosa pizza with a lovely light base, ample toppings and great flavours. The smoked trout ravioli was the highlight for me. While served with a creamy sauce, it wasn’t rich and had the perfect balance of ingredients. Enough smoked trout to give it’s flavour, lots of ricotta to add a creaminess, the spinach to dull things down, and the salty burst of the capers to present a contrast. The fettuccine con gamberi contained plenty of prawns and in well cooked pasta with the sauce, went down well. Despite the lunch being excellent, the bill was more than I expected. This place is a bit on the pricey side and recommend the takeaway option where most of the dishes can be had for a much cheaper price. Can’t fault the deliciousness of their food though. . . . → Read More: Cafe Nocello – 5 Aug 2012

Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar - 5 Jul 2012

For $9.90 I got a largish slice of pizza with a decent serve of Greek salad. I really loved the generous layering of toppings, the delicious flavour of the tender Peking Duck and that sticky sweet Asian style sauce. The crispy thin base was tasty and the Greek salad was tasty but needed a bit more dressing. For a quick lunch that delivers on taste without breaking the bank, I recommend a trip to Crust. I wonder what other interesting pizza varieties they have? Might have to head there again. . . . → Read More: Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar – 5 Jul 2012

Delisio Pizza Romano - 7 Jun 2012

I’ve eaten the pizza by the slice on several occasions, trying different varieties, and enjoying the flavour combinations. The base is light and tasty and the toppings make the pizza sing. Head down and see what you’re missing. . . . → Read More: Delisio Pizza Romano – 7 Jun 2012

Il Padrino Pizzeria & Restaurant - 11 May 2012

All in all, we had a good night out. The pizzas were pretty good but didn’t blow me away. Especially given the owner has won a world’s best pizza maker award. The base was lovely and light and the pizza’s weren’t over packed with too many ingredients. Instead, the ingredients were allowed to shine. I particularly enjoyed the olives marinated in chilli, chilli oil, the Papa Benedictine 16th, and the marinara pizza. The Papa Benedictine 16th was an absolute standout. . . . → Read More: Il Padrino Pizzeria & Restaurant – 11 May 2012