Pizza and tequila are about to embark on a tasty summer fling at new southside bar and eatery Chacho's Windsor. The Chapel Street space is keeping things fresh and fun with a Mexican-inspired pizza offering, an edgy urban fitout and a selection of agave spirits that's worth crossing town for.
In the kitchen, ex-Lazerpig chef Dan Pegg is turning his pizza prowess to a line of crafty pies made on 12-inch sourdough bases and topped with all manner of non-traditional flavour combinations. The Del Toro ($21) is loaded with roasted onions, chorizo, corn and jalapeños, then crowned with a central ring of corn chips for dipping into guacamole and sour cream. The Whole Hog ($22) features pork and fennel sausage, caramelised onion and a sprinkle of pork crackling, while the Holy Mole ($21) riffs on the classic meat lover, teaming slow-cooked pork, coriander and pickled red onion with a Mexican mole sauce.
Meanwhile, a range of 'Not Pizzas' includes bites like cream cheese-stuffed jalapeños, a roast sweet potato salad, or grilled corn cobs doused in chipotle aioli, chilli, parmesan, lime and tequila salt.
The party vibes continue over behind the Chacho's bar, where a sprawling selection of tequila and mezcal is put to good use throughout a lively list of cocktails. You'll find a swag of margaritas, both savoury and sweet, alongside drinks like the Coco-Loco ($18), teaming elderflower liqueur, coconut tequila with a tropical coconut rim, and the Negave ($18), with mezcal, Antica Formula, Campari and grapefruit. There are tequila flights, too, available in both 20ml and 30ml serves.
And there's even more fun in store for your wallet, depending what time of the week you pop in, a daily 5–7pm happy hour promises $10 pizzas and $10 margaritas to soothe those after-work blues, and there are $10 bloody marys up for grabs, all night every Sunday.