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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Gigi Pizzeria, Newtown

 The pizza festivities continue to our next destination Gigi Pizzeria [(379 King Street, Newtown), no real website] which is located only a couple of blocks from Newtown Station. Patty and I decide to take a break from third wheel tryouts and hence we become the lonely twosome for the night. Unfortunately, Gigi's doesn't take any bookings so Patty and I had to head in early in order to beat fellow pizza hunters to the door. We went in a little sceptical because Patty had found some ordinary recent reviews of Gigi's prior to us heading there, but who doesn't get keen for pizza!?


 We were seated on a cosy two seater, banked against a wall toward the back end of the restaurant where the best part of the restaurant's atmosphere seemed to linger. The wait staff were quick to give us the altered menus for the night (which was also chalked onto their blackboards) and remained quite helpful throughout the night (there was quite an attractive waitress that I had quickly developed a crush for too, much to the delight of Patty).

Menu on the blackboard
  The selection of pizzas for the night included:
  • Margherita -
          San Marzano Tomato, Buffalo Mozzarella & Fresh Basil
  • Marinara Tradizionale -
          San Marzano Tomato, Garlic, & Fresh Oregano
  • Salsiccia e Friarielli -
          Buffalo Mozzarella, Italian Sausage & Broccoli Friarielli
  • Filleti -
          Buffalo Mozzarella, Cheery Tomatoes, Garlic & Fresh Basil
  • Fiori di Zucca -
          Ricotta, Buffalo Mozzarella, Fried Zucchini Flowers, Cherry Tomatoes & Fresh Basil
  • Melanzane -
          San Marzano Tomato, Buffalo Mozzarella, Eggplant, Ricotta Salata & Fresh Basil
  • Funghi -
          Ham, Cream, Buffalo Mozzarella, Swiss Brown Mushrooms, Fresh Basil & Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Salame Piccante -
          San Marzano Tomato, Smoked Scamorza, Ricotta, Hot Salami, Rocket & Parmigiano Reggiano

and there was also a Nutella Panzerotti for dessert, but more on that later!

 We order our pizzas and also grab a couple of drinks as well. Patty has a 'Kasaura Trebbiano D'Abruzzo' (white) which didn't really have much flavour and I elect for an organic Phoenix Ginger Beer.

Our drinks + tube of water

 Before our pizzas arrived there were arancinis (risotto filled ball with mozzarella, fried and coated in breadcrumbs) being handed out to each table for sampling. Patty and I couldn't get our hands on them quickly enough and savagely dug into them. They were quite delicious and it was an excellent idea to get customers coming back by giving free samples. Later during the night we helped ourselves to more and they also offered batches of breadsticks with cans of anchovies that we had to reject because we were too full.

Arancini Ball
Risotto, Mozzarella

 Not long afterwards, our pizzas arrived at the table, much to the delight of hungry Patty. Buffalo Bernard went for more of his favourite cheese and helped himself to the Filleti, which was a Margherita with added garlic. The toppings itself were pretty nice and fresh but nothing outstanding. Unfortunately the pizza base for Patty and I seemed a bit much and wasn't as fluffy or soft as the pizzerias I have blogged prior to this. Nevertheless it still tasted good and I liked the idea of each pizza being finished off with a good drizzle of olive oil before being served.

Buffalo Mozzarella, Cherry Tomatoes, Garlic & Fresh Basil

 Patty ordered the Salame Piccante, which had the largest range of toppings out of all the pizzas. Some hot salami coupled with smoked scamorza (similar to mozzarella) and ricotta and then topped with parmigiano reggiano (parmesan) and rocket, what's not to like! The toppings together made a really flavourful combination but we struggled to finish off our thickish crusts that became more of a nuisance, rather than pleasure to eat. In saying that, the quality of the base is definitely not like Pizza Hut standard but in comparison to the other Napoletana pizzerias around it doesn't fair too well.  
Salame Piccante
 San Marzano Tomato, Smoked Scamorza, Ricotta,
Hot Salami, Rocket & Parmigiano Reggiano

 For dessert we order a scrumptious serving of Nutella Panzerotti (small versions of calzone - closed pizzas) for $10. There was literally nothing to fault about this dessert and it was so good that I imagined myself as a little figure climbing the berry mountain and standing on top of the panzerotti itself. The outside of the panzerotti tasted much like a soft doughnut and inside the pillow was liquidy, gooey nutella staring you in the face. The fresh assortment of blueberries, raspberries and strawberries accompanied with a scoop of vanilla ice cream topped off the dessert in the best way possible. I'll probably be dreaming of this once I get to bed.
Nutella Panzerotti
Fried Panzerotti filled with Nutella,
Homemade Vanilla Gelato & Berry Compote


 As The Sydney Pizza Festival draws to a close, so too does our adventure to experience some of Sydney's best pizza (we missed out on Lucio's Pizzeria but I'll be there soon!). Gigi Pizzeria is our final pit stop for now and although the pizza itself was nothing too special, both Patty and I left feeling satisfied with the meal. This was probably due to the free samples and the extraordinarily good dessert, but nevertheless it still counts.

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Category: Pizza Festival

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