Google 'How to stop chocolate cravings' and you'll find a stack of worthy results. Weight loss sites, health blogs, science journals, HSC study forums - they've all got a fail-proof answer for you. Who knew pickled onions were a good Cadbury substitute?
Google 'How to stop pizza cravings' on the other hand, and the results are far less convincing. Sorry healthychik5008, but 'healthy' homemade pitta-pizzas just don't always cut it. In my experience, there is really only one way to satisfy a pizza craving, and that is to eat really yummy pizza! So when it's a Wednesday night, sis' and I have just finished a class at the Sydney Dance Company and feel like eating nothing but chewy, cheesy topped dough; we're pretty glad Ventuno is just around the corner.
Okay, so we haven't exactly discovered it all on our own. With both the Sydney Morning Herald and TimeOut Sydney naming Ventuno in their top ten pizza lists, I guess it's been a foodie fave for a while now. What the lists forget to mention however, is what a pretty location it is in. Right on the harbour of Walsh Bay, the restaurant has a clear view of the sea, sailboats and a some very enviable apartments - just right for a summertime supper.
When we arrive - still slightly flushed and frizzy from dancing -the first thing I notice is the lovely, easy-going vibe it has. Despite being in such a glam spot, it still manages to be super friendly and casual. On the night we're here, it's full of families, friends and couples smiling and dining alfresco – the kind of scene that just wants to make you sit down and join in. Our waiter welcomes us with a big smile, and promptly sits us down and takes our drink orders.
The menu is all about Italian snack food, along with the pizzas, there is a good range of antipasti, salad, bread and pasta dishes to pick from. But (in case you hadn't already gathered) we were there for the pizza, of which we had fourteen wood fired varieties to choose from. Oh – the decisions. Tomato and buffalo mozzarella? Smoked salmon and zucchini? Could we have a slice of each? In the end, we settle on the Vegetariana – a pretty looking thing of roasted red and yellow capsicum, eggplant and mushrooms. And yes, it's yummy. Not too much cheese and just the right amount of crispiness, it silences us for a good few seconds. For a dose of crunchiness, we also take the Formaggi e pere, a colourful bowl of radicchio, pear, Teleggio cheese and walnuts. Mhmm.
Not wanting to waste a mouthful, we finish the pizza between us and nearly all of the salad. Sadly, this left no room in our tummies for any of the nutella themed (or non-nutella-themed) desserts, dreamy as they sound. As we pay the bill, I can feel that hungry pizza monster inside drift into a deep, contented sleep. When the waiter says 'see you again', I know that he means it, because people who come to Ventuno usually come back, with or without crazy pizza cravings.