Nutritionist & Life Coach
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Published October 11th 2012
Oskar the grouse
Walking past Oskar Pizza on previous occasions I was sure the venue was called "Skar" pizza. I assumed the founder was enamoured with late 90's Ska music and had carried this into their passion for pizza. On closer inspection of the signage on the window it is more likely that the founder is named Oskar. Of course spelling Oskar with a "k" increases the epithet's coolness sevenfold and may allow the owner to avert blame on any tax dodge they have set up.
Whatever the case is with the restaurant's nomenclature one thing is for certain: the place will always be crowded. No more than ten tables cover the entire floor space, ensuring diners don't feel they're alone in a cavernous Transylvanian mansion even if they are the only party present. Of course, the place is hardly ever empty which speaks volumes about the quality of Oskar's product.
An outdoor area out the front allows the restaurant to seat slightly more than the local football team. With outdoor heaters in the cooler months (and the sun in the warmer months) Errol St makes for a wonderful place to watch the world go by while sampling Oskar's vittles'. On a warm spring evening, it was at one of these outdoor tables that my company settled itself.
Offering gourmet pizzas with a modern spin Oskar refreshingly chooses not to give their pizzas titles such as "Hawaiian". Instead they simply list the ingredients included on the pizza so the diner can make an informed choice. In fact, if you're looking for the McGeneric pizzas listed above Oskar pizza is not for you.
The menu gives an exquisite choice of original concepts, the first item on the specials board at my last visit being a case-in-point: "marinated tuna, chilli, provolone on a garlic base finished with olive salsa, rocket and pear slices". I went with items off the regular menu however, and sampled the roast quail with sherry onions and pancetta along with the bull-boar sausage offering.
Both served with a pleasingly crispy base, the Oskar pizzas offer the diner something they would never have tasted before. You can go anywhere and order the capricciosa and know what you're going to get. Oskar gives you a unique pizza only available at this small outpost of gastronomy sandwiched by a TAB and a cocktail bar.
You'll pay more than you would at your average pizza place, but I can assure you that you'll also enjoy your pizza a hell of a lot more than the common-or-garden variety on offer around the corner.