Nick's Pizzeria in Lindfield is one of those places. Although it serves up a handful of salads and pasta dishes, its main offering, as indicated in its name, comes in round, flat circles.
The pizzas are split into two categories: the regular and the gourmet.
The regular menu has 20 varieties, including all the ones you'd expect to see: the basic margarita or garlic pizzas, the Aussie and Hawaiian favourites and the supreme (and supreme special) and the, simply, but effectively named, meats.
Vegetarians have five options, which is more than what most restaurants offer, and the staff are happy to make changes to the listed ingredients if something else takes your fancy.
The gourmet selection is a little more experimental. For some it's the reason to head to Nick's, for others it's something to avoid. Many of them don't come with the traditional tomato sauce, which for a pizza is quite a daring move.
Expect to see quality ingredients such as Camembert cheese on offer, as well as foods like sultanas and peanuts which you might not ordinarily find on a pizza.
Again, vegetarians are well catered for and have a choice among the pizzas.
Although the prices are a touch on the high side (a margarita will set you back $11.20 /small, $15.70/medium or $19 for a large), the quality of the food, the variety in its menu and the freshness of the ingredients -- you can watch the pizza being made in front of your eyes -- makes Nick's Pizzeria one of the best restaurants of its kind in northern Sydney.
Been to Nicks, Oliver, and it isn't even close to being authentic. Nice pizzas and nice people but t'aint nuffin traditional italian about pizzas with things like sultanas, peanuts, tandoori chicken or satay sauce. The pizzas at Nicks are a mix of traditional aussie suburban stuff like supreme and meat lovers and a selection of exotic combinations that suburban pizza joints refer to as gourmet. A true italian pizza is a thin crispy base with a very small selection of fine cheese, veges and herbs, maybe with a bit of proscuitto or sopressa. The italians would fall over laughing if you tried to say that a pizza with tandoori chicken, mango chutney, cashews and mint yoghurt was even vaguely authentic. It should also be pointed out to anyone thinking of going there that Nicks is primarily a takeaway/home delivery place although they do have from memory something like four bare tables to eat in.