If you are craving for authentic Italian food, La Pizzaiola is the place to visit. A homegrown restaurant that reopened in 2012, it is the brainchild of chef Loris Massimini, who was inspired by a humble pizzeria that he frequented in Tuscany, Italy.
Traditional Italian Cuisine At La Pizzaiola
We visited the outlet at Link@896. The restaurant serves up a variety of dishes, including antipasti, pastas, pizzas and desserts.
Chefs can be spotted through the kitchen window, preparing and baking dishes in the traditional woodfire oven that was crafted in Italy.
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We had the opportunity to try out new additions to the menu, which was updated to refresh existing options.
New Items on the Menu: Starters and Mains
The bulk of the new dishes are antipasti, including the Focaccia Aglio, Burro e Mozzarella ($16.90), Sardine Fritte ($20.90) and Porchetta Salad ($19.90).
We particularly enjoyed the Focaccia Aglio, Burro e Mozzarella, as it was fresh and crispy with fragrant notes of garlic and mozzarella, which had a satisfying cheese pull when lifted.
The Sardine Fritte presents itself as simple finger food reminiscent of fish fingers. Although it contains tiny consumable soft bones, they can be easily crushed for younger children to consume.
A new main addition, the Risotto ai Funghi Porcini e Tartufo ($26.90) is one to be tried.
The soft rice is evenly coated with the creamy sauce, containing generous chunks of porcini mushrooms and hints of truffle oil which complements the dish without being overwhelming.
Classic Dishes That Do Not Disappoint
Aside from the new dishes, some menu items that are definitely not to be missed include the La Pizzaiola Speciale ($27.90), Pancetta Affumicata e Funghi ($23.90) and Pollo Biologico alla Diavola ($33.90).
The La Pizzaiola Speciale includes generous slices of roast beef, with shaved parmesan cheese and truffle oil drizzled on top. The flavours gel very well together with the addition of rocket salad, and while it is rich in flavour, it does not taste heavy at all.
For those who are not fans of truffle flavours, the Pancetta Affumicata e Funghi is an excellent option which are sure to delight the tastebuds of kids as well. With crispy bacon, mushroom and red onions atop, it is a delicious combination that cannot go wrong.
The Pollo Biologico alla Diavola is a main that packs a punch of flavour. Seasoned with rich Italian herbs and spices, the roasted chicken is one that keeps giving with every bite. The chicken is tender, juicy and is balanced out with roasted herb potatoes and rocket salad.
Conclude The Meal With Wonderful Desserts
While La Pizzaiola is known for their antipasti and mains, they have surprisingly scrumptious desserts as well.
The Crème Brûlée ($12.90) is a dish with soft rich custard, covered by a hard caramelised sugar layer that gives you a sweet crunch in every bite.
The Panna Cotta ($10.90) is a light dessert that melts in your mouth with every bite. Topped with a delicious berry sauce, it is an excellent choice to round off your meal.
Dine at La Pizzaiola
Enjoy a little taste of Italy with both classics and new dishes served up at La Pizzaiola. They currently have three locations, Link @896, Braddell Heights Estate and Teachers Estate.
Visit La Pizzaiola online.
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