Donny's Pizza

This Abbotsford pizza joint is serving up traditional pizzas with new twists — and to a hip hop soundtrack.
Marissa Ciampi and Gary Brun
Published on March 21, 2019
Updated on October 09, 2023


There's no shortage of Italian fare in Abbotsford. But, as of last 2018, the inner west riverside suburb has been home to a pizzeria that's doing things a little differently. Donny's Pizza takeaway joint is offering an authentic menu, house-made everything and a self-professed Big Poppa's-inspired hip-hop backdrop.

The rustic 60 seater boasts a trattoria-style fit-out with exposed brick walls, polished concrete floors and stripped-back furnishings. While the atmosphere aims to cater toward modern Sydney sensibilities, the Italian authenticity can be found in the quality of the ingredients — which are both imported and locally sourced. Impressively, everything is made in-house.

To this end, the team is using all high quality Italian flour with a 48-hour rise time to create classics like margheritas, capricciosas and supremes. Though the pizzas may sound like your average styles, the difference is in the toppings. For example, the Meatlovers uses house-made sausage and smoked brisket, while the Pineapple Express uses maple-glazed bacon instead of deli ham to take the stock-standard Hawaiian up a notch. There's also the Trufflemen up for grabs, topped with fior di latte, mushroom, truffle, prosciutto and Sardinian pecorino.

All pastas are made in-house every day, too — think fettuccine or lasagna with six-hour braised pork and veal ragu, or the gnocchi with creamy gorgonzola sauce. For shared starters, there are polenta chips and traditional pork and veal meatballs. 

For the time being, Donny's is BYO wine only — and will continue to be even after a liquor licence is secured. Once the licence is in place, though, expect Italian offerings aplenty, including imported beers and spritzes.


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