Hi there! I'm Sammie, a Malaysian who's a lover of unicorns, bargains and adventures.
Published May 25th 2013
Pizza Toppings Aplenty
It was by a stroke of luck that my partner and I stumbled onto this pizza parlour. We were supposed to cook dinner one Sunday night, but we had forgotten to buy groceries and by the time we felt the hunger pangs creeping on us in the evening, it was nearly the closing time of the nearby grocery store. We did try to see if we could do a grocery rush but by the time we got to the store, we were too late. Disheartened and stomachs grumbling, we contemplated having toast and butter for dinner as we walked away from the grocery store. We walked right past the Marryatville Pizza Pan and enticed by the smell of fresh, oven-baked pizza, we headed in at the behest of our hunger.
The first thing that hits our sight is the huge blackboard full of various pizzas; they have an insane amount of selections! From your typical Margherita and Seafood to interesting combos in their Gourmet Pizza range like Mango Prawns and Satay Chicken. To say we were spoiled for choice would be an understatement.
And if we weren't having a difficult enough time trying to pick out a pizza, the manager (or perhaps owner) of the joint comes out cheerfully from behind the counter and lets us know in a thick, Italian accent that they've got a specials blackboard with even more unusual choices: lobster pizza, anybody?
We couldn't decide on just one flavour so we opted to split the pizza in half: on one side we got the Moroccan Lamb and on the other the Meat Lovers. As for the size? Marryatville Pizza Pan has 5 different pan sizes to choose from:
From a small, 9 inch to a whopping party pan at 24 inches. That party pan was bigger than the first television I ever owned! I'm from Malaysia, and I have never seen a pizza that big before. So naturally, we got the party size. Now it wasn't just for my partner and I; we had some friends coming over so this wasn't some sort of pizza binge-eating. There is no way just the two of us could finish something that massive.
At Marryatville Pizza Pan, you get to watch your pizza being made from scratch. I was pretty transfixed watching the man roll, knead and toss the dough. You can tell that these guys have been making pizza all their lives with the ease and grace and almost machine-like movements as they get your pizza ready. The man informs me as he puts the pizza into the oven that it'll be about 20 minutes for it to be ready.
The pizza parlour has a small dining area for people who don't want their pizzas to go. There's even a gelato bar in the corner for those who have a sweet tooth. As I wait, I can hear the men behind the counter talking in rapid Italian in between the grumbles of my stomach and my partner joking about how they might be part of a mob.
Finally, it's done and we get passed this massive pizza box to take home.
There in all its 24-inch glory was our pizza, and it was resplendent and magnificently meaty and cheesy. The can of coke by the side is for comparison purposes; you can really see how large it is. The Meat Lovers had tomato, cheese, ham, pepperoni and bacon as toppings and was well, meaty. The Moroccan Lamb had roast lamb, harissa, red onion, roast peppers and fresh parsley and added a more exotic taste to the usual pizza flavours.
The Meat Lovers side came up to about $18.80 and the Moroccan Lamb was a bit more expensive at $22. I knew to expect the prices to be higher than the average pizza fast-food joint but honestly, I think it was well worth the extra cash for good-quality, homemade pizza (that was of enormous proportions. I'm definitely going back to try some of their more unusual pizza toppings! They also have a selection of pastas and and a few meal deals that you can check out on their online menu.