If you love seeing your food emerge from the fiery belly of a flame breathing wood-fired oven, Pizza Gusto in Braddon is just the place. Not quite a hole-in-the-wall but more 'blink and you'll miss it', this tiny eatery serves a range of 20 pizzas from their rustic space in the heart of bustling Braddon (although make sure you keep a lookout for the unadvertised chef's special flavours in store too).
The pizzas here manage to be that elusive type of dish which showcases absolute simplicity done to perfection. The ingredients used in the toppings are almost sparse but rest assured you'll enjoy a generous hint of each flavour in every bite. Just be warned, if you like layer upon layer of toppings dripping off the pizza (and inevitably over you) as you eat, this isn't the place for you.
As with any pizza, the dough is crucial - good dough makes a good pizza, without it, the dish is never going to be great. Pizza Gusto's dough is neither too thick or thin - Goldilocks would love it because it is truly just right. It holds its own but leaves the flavours of the sauce and toppings space to shine through. The same goes for the cheese - you know it's there but it isn't blanketing everything else out. Instead of smothering, it's holding hands with the toppings and letting them all share centre stage in a delicious pizza cabaret.
The only seating available at Pizza Gusto is outdoors and thankfully, when you have a steaming pizza in front of you, the winter chill doesn't bite so hard. Our pizzas arrived in good time bubbling hot and slightly charred from the oven. Devouring them in the early afternoon sun was a true pleasure. Soft drinks and water are available at Pizza Gusto but if you prefer something a little harder than cola, there's a bottle shop next door and you can BYO. Then all that's left to do is watch the world whiz by while you sit back and enjoy your meal.