A lover of travel, foreign culture, art and the bustling night life Sydney has to offer.
Published August 8th 2011
Have you ever found yourself wondering what to eat amongst an array of different restaurants? Well, I was in luck because Mad Pizza along Crown St, Surry Hills, is the perfect place to stumble across for a delectable meal. I happened across this restaurant with a friend on a Friday afternoon, starving and eager to eat something gourmet and fresh. Mad Pizza was sitting next to Mad Mex with their pizza menu on display on a large black board in the opening of the restaurant. The ingredients advertised caught my eyes immediately and my appetite was an eager follower.
Dark wooden tables adorned in red and white checked table cloths, a bar that stretched along the left side of the interior and a large, vibrant, abstract painting gave the place an arty and cultured feel. Along with the chill alternate beats playing and a quaintly decorated room, Mad Pizza really kept us in awe with a warm and luring ambiance. However, with hearty appetites it was the menu that truly enticed us.
Its order at the bar for food and beverage and you make your way to a table you desire with the menu in hand. Upon seating yourself the bartender brings a glass bottle of cold water while you deliberate over which pizza, insalata, panini or pasta you desire. The menu looks delicious, and main meals range from $8-$19 but it's the food that really ravishes your tastes buds.
We ordered the de mario and amalfi pizza, de mario consists of roasted pumpkin, crumbled feta, chilli, mint leaves, red onion and pine nuts while the amalfi consisted of sweet tiger prawns, ricotta, garlic, chilli flakes, and roma tomatoes with fresh mint leaves; both the pizzas and panini were a combination of rich and delicious ingredients, served on a wooden board. The crust of the pizza was thin and crispy and the mingling of flavours and fresh ingredients was a delight to taste.
The moussaka panini was less flavoursome with sliced potato, eggplant, bocconcini, fetta and basil with rocket leaves, however, was still quite enjoyable and a welcome dish alongside the flavour of the pizza which roared in your mouth. Accompanying our meals was a glass of the red house wine which complimented the meal perfectly.
I adored this place immensely and thought that the (6 inch) portion of pizza was fulfilling for $10, yet, I was still able to devour one half of the Panini which costed $8. The house wine was valued at $7 a glass and there was a tasty selection of cocktails and other alcoholic beverages available by the glass or bottle.