Everyone has a favourite take away pizza bar and Papa Mia's Wood Oven Pizza is certainly a top pick in this household. It ticks all the right pizza bar boxes: fresh with good quality ingredients, value for money, friendly and efficient service, and garish fluorescent lighting; tick, tick, tick, and tick. Plus, nothing beats a pizza cooked in a wood fired oven, which awards Papa Mia's a big fat bonus tick.
But what gives Papa Mia's the winning edge is its range of vegan pizzas, something very few suburban pizza bars offer (the notable exception being Godzilla Pizza). This opens up the menu for vegetarians and brings an entirely new clientele of food lovers to the pizza bar, a group who are notably and unnecessarily neglected when it comes to pizza.
No more asking for a vegetarian pizza without the cheese, at Papa Mia's there are no less than six different vegan pizzas to choose from: Supreme, Gourmet All Vege, Tangy Supreme, Margherita, Mediterranean, and BBQ Cheat-Ckin. A large vegan pizza costs $19.90 and is made using dairy-free soy cheese and some with mock meats. There is even vegan garlic bread available for $5.90 and, with just the right about of garlic and herbs on thick slices of soft bread with a crunchy crust, it is delicious and pictured below.
There are two other options for vegetarians (the large traditional is pictured above) and, of course, a huge amount of choice for meat eaters (23 different pizzas at last count). Prices seem reasonable and vary according to size – regular 9 inch, large 12 inch, or family 15 inch. There is also a selection of meal deals available that provide additional value for money.
Priced from $9.50 to $16.90, you really can't go wrong with one of Papa's Classics, which is a range of fairly standard pizzas like Tropicana, Australiana, and Porchetta. The Papa's Traditional range features favourites such as Supreme, Americana, and a Meat Special that cost between $10.10 and $17.90. While the more elaborate Papa's Gourmet pizza range costs between $11.50 and $20.40 and some choices include Pomodore, Oceana, and even a Yiros pizza.
This is one pizza bar that can appease all appetites and satisfy many dietary requirements. The pizza has a thin crisp base, but can be made thicker by request and at an additional cost. The toppings are generously applied and the ingredients taste fresh and full of flavour. For an extra $5.00, pizzas can even be made with gluten-free dough.
The pizza menu is complemented with extras such as garlic bread, garlic pizza, calzone, chicken wings, and several pasta dishes. The usual range of soft drinks is available from a Coca-Cola refrigerator. For dessert there is a nut sundae, cheesecake, and a few different flavours of dessert calzone that sound calorific but look completely scrumptious for a sweet treat or special occasion.
Forget about dining in, this is strictly take away with just a couple of plastic chairs for while you wait, which is usually between 20 and 25 minutes from the time your order is placed. You can phone in or place an order and pay for it online and home delivery is available to the surrounding suburbs.
If hot chips are also required for pizza night, Colonel's Fish and Chips is just across the road and came recommended by a reader of the article, Where are the Best Hot Chips in Adelaide? The reader described them as the "best ever!!" and it is true that the chips here are excellent and the perfect accompaniment to a pizza from Papa Mia's.
It is located on the corner of Rochester Avenue, just off Goodwood Road at Colonel Light Gardens and there is car parking conveniently available just in front of the shop. Papa Mia's Wood Oven Pizza is closed on Mondays (except public holidays), but it is open every other day of the week from 4.30 pm onward. Papa Mia always seems to be working on something new, so visit the website or Facebook page for more information and to see what's cooking in the wood oven.