You might consider yourself a bit of a pizza connoisseur. You've probably been to Pizzeria Violetta and Julius Pizzeria a few times and know your way around a bianche base. But how well do you know Roman-style pizza? Specifically, pizza al taglio? That's what is being served up at Prego Pizzeria. It's rectangular, crisp-based and served by the slice.
With its big portions, ample choices and awesome toppings, this Racecourse Road eatery might just be your new favourite pizza hangout.
Now, about that menu. The choices for pizza are divided into rosse and bianche, with San Marzano tomato- or cheese-bases respectively. In the red corner you have the usual suspects: a margherita, topped with salty, creamy fior di latte and fresh basil ($4/$14/$28 for one slice, four or eight); and a soppressa with mozzarella and fresh chilli ($4.5/17/29). There's also a divine prawn-topped gamberi pizza and a vegetarian option piled high with roasted and fresh veg.
In the other corner, the white base pizzas range from tartufo, with fragrant truffle and mushrooms a-plenty ($6/$20/$36) to a decadent puttanesca ($4.5/17/30)— with olives, anchovies and chilli —and a salsiccia ($5/18/30) with Italian sausage. Prego Pizzeria's offering of by the slice means that you can cherry-pick your combination and try (almost) everything on the menu.
There are plenty of fresh salads on offer, too, along with a superb range of antipasti to round out your meal. And if you were worried about over-ordering, don't be. These pizza slices are just as good warmed up the next day, thanks to the exceptional dough. The base is crisp and holds its shape — so it's the perfect work-lunch haul. Drinks-wise, there's a short but sweet wine list with a good meld of Italian and Aussie vinos to ensure the perfect pairing.
Prego Pizzeria is the latest offering from Simon Barakat (you also know him from Gino's and Il Verde) and is perched on a pretty corner of Racecourse Road opposite the church. Grab an outside table for a spot of people-watching, or snag a spot inside — in front of the punny neon sign — and be part of the action.
Images: Grace Smith