This is in an unlikely spot but in a very good location, especially if you like to sit outdoors with very little passing traffic. I met a regular who was enjoying reading his newspaper in the sunshine under the gum trees. When I asked him if he had any recommendations he replied 'Everything is great, but from the man's perspective I really love the egg and bacon pizza'.
All the front windows open up onto the street where there are several tables with large umbrellas outside. There's a pretty impressive orange coffee machine just inside the doorway. My mum indulged in a latte. If I lived within walking distance I can imagine being a regular for hot chocolate and cookies or cakes.
My mum had been to the Clay Oven several times but had never tried the pizza. One of her friends had ordered and enjoyed the barbecue chicken pizza a couple of times. Mum recommended the focaccia, which was the biggest I have ever seen. Even the waitress suggested it was a serve for at least two people and that they can chop them in half. I would think that it was big enough for a family.
The pizzas are made fresh on site: the 9 inch pizzas from $8 and the 12-inch pizzas are $12. Today we tried the Popeye pizza. You guessed it… spinach, tomato, mozzarella and plenty of feta. The pizza was very thin, just like they are in Italy, and very tasty. You could taste the subtle yeast flavour which I love. After half a pizza I did not feel overly full which allowed me to indulge in one of the many sweet treats.
There were probably too many choices but I narrowed it down to the three-layered chocolate mousse or the chocolate Toblerone cheesecake. My mother was no help whatsoever. She said I had to choose because it was my birthday. Is it too naughty to have two cheesecakes in one day? The Toblerone cheesecake was rich and there was no way I could eat a whole one but I'm so glad I tried it. The lime cheesecake is also on my must try list.
When I asked my mother if she would have the pizza again next time she visited she said she would definitely would. The Clay Oven also has plenty of other choices including salads (from $8), sandwiches, starters (from $8) pasta and risotto (from $15) and kid's meals all at a pretty reasonable price. They serve all day breakfast from $5 and mains such as burgers, steak and fish.
The service was also good. We were served by a waitress who was very attentive, efficient and asked us how we enjoyed our meal and then if we made the right choice for dessert.