The atmosphere at Mad Pizza is just right. It's small and narrow but very warm and intimate in décor. It's a Monday night and the place is almost deserted, but that doesn't surprise me because it's a pretty cold winter evening.
Upon stepping into the restaurant, we're greeted with a lovely heated interior. It feels like we've entered a tropical paradise because I have to peel off my many layers (which admittedly makes me very happy).
There aren't many tables in this small but narrow venue. We choose one of the little tables inside and seat ourselves on the stools. Instead of a table cloth, you get brown paper, which you can draw on with provided crayons. This is a fun idea, but I've seen it before at Caffe Roma.
A well-stocked bar lines one wall. You can choose to sit here too for dinner or drinks. There's also an outside area (which I'm sure is much more desirable in the summer). But for those that are willing to brave the cold and want some fresh air, the outer area is also heated in winter.
We order the Funghi Pizza, which is jam-packed with fat field mushrooms, rosemary, rocket, parmesan, feta, and extra virgin olive oil ($19.20). We're both very pleased with our choice because the toppings go well together and are very tasty. I'm especially impressed by the super-thin crust. Absolutely LOVE this. It's crispy to the bite.
We also try the Haloumi e insalate ($15), which unfortunately doesn't impress us. In theory it sounded good: spinach, haloumi, bacon, and avocado with red wine dressing. But there's too much bacon, and not enough salad. Even the haloumi has a bacon flavour. The bacon overpowers the salad, which some people might approve of. But we were expecting a salad, not a haloumi and bacon bonanza.
You can also order smaller pizzas, pastas, and salads at lunch time for the special price of $10. The service here isn't anything to brag about, but it didn't even bother me. I was happy enough eating yummy pizza.
There's a decent wine list to accompany your meal - I like that you can get all of them by the glass, carafe or bottle.
Mad Pizza is open everyday. I went to the one in Darlinghurst, but there are also branches in Surry Hills and Potts Point.