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Published August 22nd 2017
Fall in love with a slice of pizza, wood fired style
The Eastern suburbs of Adelaide have recently seen a big burst of small businesses nestled away in little nooks that are easy to miss, but enjoyable to discover while on the hunt for something new and exciting to try!
Located less than 10 minutes away from the CBD, Wholly Belly is a cute, little eatery that offers a balance between a cafe, a restaurant, and a food joint when you need lunch on the go.
Customers can enjoy sitting in a spacious area, with small, intimate tables as well as long tables for larger groups. Natural lighting illuminates the food joint, even on the most overcast of days. The staff is incredibly hospitable and will even sit down with you as you're having your meals, to make sure you get a true community
Owned by a local family - the Smiths (Glenn and Mary) - Wholly Belly aims to deliver an inviting atmosphere that brings a sense of community when people dine in this little joint. Specialising in wood fired pizzas, bagels, and wraps, the menu boasts of a very enticing and colourful selection of items that can either be enjoyed as snacks or as wholesome meals. Most items are decently priced (from $4.90 for sides to around $17.90 for pizzas, wraps, or bagels), so you won't be breaking the bank and you'll be given a meal that is bound to please the taste buds.
But the fun doesn't just stop by lunchtime - Wholly Belly is also working towards having social nights on Fridays through their Supper Club, which will bring together a range of exciting menu packages such as choice of starters, all-you-can-eat-pizzas, and desserts for just $32 per head (adults). There's also a kid-friendly menu that will give them the option of schnitzels or pizzas for just $10 - a great family outing for the family.
Upon my recent visit, a friend and I decided to treat ourselves to a little feast. For drinks, we ordered a cup of hot chocolate and a pot of peppermint tea. Both were delicious and refreshing - just what we needed to wake up in the morning!
For our meals, we ordered the chicken pesto pizza and the sweet and spicy bagel.
The pizza dough was fluffy and light. The toppings gave off just the right balance of zesty and subtle flavours from the ingredients. Served on a pesto base, the flavours complemented each other in a satisfying manner. The smokiness from being cooked in a wood fired oven further made us fall in love with this pizza.
Aptly named the sweet and spicy bagel, the flavours from the harissa-spiced pumpkin and the honey oddly worked so beautifully. While it may have been a bit too spicy for my palate, it is certainly a unique dish that deserves to be given a chance to experience the eclectic flavours of their ingredients (including toasted sesame seeds and fresh spinach).
The Wholly Belly offers its customers with a genuine sense of welcoming and inviting ambience. The staff members are hospitable, the space is comfortable, and the food and drink is delicious. Next time you're down that way, do try and stop by this food joint that delivers so much more than just food and drink (your palate and body will thank you later)!