With a wood and gas oven flown in from the home of pizza themselves Italy, Farina00 Pasta & Wine Bar had to prove it was worth the trip with the launch of their new pizza menu. Sitting on King William Road surrounded by restaurants of a high calibre, any eatery hoping to earn its clientele in this area has to bring their A game. After 2 years on Adelaide's Italian scene serving up high quality gourmet pasta dishes, head chef and owner, Lewis Marro, is confident they have the ingredients, skill and personality to fit the suburb and its guests.
Inside Farina00 quality ingredients reign supreme, even down to their décor with crates of pasta and bread on windowsills. There's a mix of modern and traditional in their design; from the black chalkboard wall behind the bar and marble counter tops to a fireplace and chandelier. In addition to their pizza, they've added an intimate outdoor seating area, perfect for autumn nights where a bottle of red will keep you warm. This welcoming atmosphere makes for a perfect place to "drink up, eat up", as Chef Lewis instructs us all.
With the wine flowing, we put the Marana Forni wood and gas oven to the test with some tastings. All of the pizzas, or pizze as the Italians say, are made with San Marzano tomatoes, famous for being grown in the volcanic soil from Mt Vesuvius, Pompeii. For ingredients closer to home, Chef Lewis hand picks many of the ingredients himself at the markets in the morning.
The first pizza we tried is known as 'the Prize of The Queen', featuring basil and fior di latte, or mozzarella. If it wasn't obvious by the ingredients, this is the simple margherita pizza likely given its name by the legend of Queen Margherita and her love for the dish. This is a classic dish executed with skill and fine ingredients that will make your mouth melt. We were also treated to a prosciutto and rocket pizza known as 'The Parma' and a pizza featuring franks (yes, franks the hotdogs) known as 'The Fickle'. For cheesy goodness, you can't go past the 'Bizzare Cheese' made with FOUR types of cheeses including fior di latte, gorgonzola, provolone dolce and grana pandana. Complemented with fresh fig and chilli honey it's a creamy dream.
With stunning wine and quality, fresh ingredients, Farina00 brings the best of Italy and SA together. Their new pizza oven and menu is sure to entice the locals and more to come in for a slice or ten. Watch this space because Farina00 will continue to grow and flourish.