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HOT: 1889 Pizzeria, The Barracks, Petrie Terrace, Paddington

For some reason I’m going through a pizza phase at the moment. So I am constantly on the hunt for a thin based, for sale crispy, for sale tasty, tell-your-mates-about-it wood-fired pizza.

When asked out on a lunch date the other day I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to check out the new 1889 Pizzeria at The Barracks, to see if it would satisfy my craving.

I rocked up to my date a little flustered as it was a struggle to find a parking spot in The Barracks’ secure parking area.  Several floors down however I eventually found what I needed and as I took the lift from the parking dungeon to the Ground Floor I noticed that the first two hours of parking are free – nice touch.  JPC was already there, salivating in anticipation.

1889_Garlic

We ordered the herb and garlic focaccia ($8.00) to start with as well as a couple of non-alcoholic beverages.

As usual, we were talking too much to even notice the menu but the waitress seemed anxious to take our orders before the bulk of the lunch-goers arrived. We quickly glanced over the list of very Italian sounding combinations and the Zucca ($18.50) caught my attention – roasted pumpkin, gorgonzola, spinach, garlic, mozzarella, pine nuts and fresh herbs.  JPC was won over by the sound of the Pescatore ($19.50) – napoli, prawns, mozzarella, zucchini, lemon and mint dressing.

We exchanged conversation over our focaccia and I was glad to see that the bread was thin and slightly crispy (just how I like it) with a generous helping of cheese and herbs.  The garlic was a little over-powering for me however.  I tried to keep my intake to a minimum as I knew I’d struggle to eat what was coming next, but it was so moreish I couldn’t help myself.

Our pizzas arrived only minutes later and whilst I was in a minor huff over spending $18 for a pizza, I knew I wouldn’t be walking away hungry – they were huge.

1889_Zucca

The Zucca had a rich aroma of gorgonzola and pumpkin with just the right amount of baby spinach (I hate it when they cover the pizza with green).  The pumpkin was in fact exceptional – the thinly sliced pieces were roasted perfectly and the skin was as soft as the flesh.  The gorgonzola gave it some punch and the pine nuts were a nice touch.  They were a little over zealous on the salt and garlic however, so I worked up quite a thirst.

1889 Pescatore

JPC’s Pescatore looked a little funny to me…I’m not sure that prawns and zucchini should be in the same sentence, let alone the same pizza!  But, he assured me it was delicious and in his usual fashion he refused to offer me a piece, so I figured it was tasty.  It had a generous helping of prawns, which made us both feel better about the price.

I don’t think 1889 Pizzeria has quite hit the spot with what I’m looking for in a wood-fired pizza, but this may be a little tainted by the price and by the way we were rushed into making our meal choice…but that’s as harsh as my critique gets.  I’d definitely go back for another shot and would like to see how the pizzas wash down with a nice glass of red – unfortunately it’s no BYO, but you can purchase by the glass.

I’d recommend going to 1889 Pizzeria with a small group who like to share, that way you can sample more than once choice from the menu – for those who want something not-so-pizza-ish, there are plenty of non-pizza options.

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