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My Mother's Cousin Bexley North

A New York City-style pizza and wing joint in Sydney's south.
By Ben Hansen
December 07, 2021
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By Ben Hansen
December 07, 2021
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Opening a restaurant at any time is hard, but your back is really up against the wall if you try to do it in the midst of a four-month lockdown. Despite that, Amani Rachid, Huss Rachid and Sal Senan pulled it off, opening My Mother's Cousin in the middle of Sydney's lockdown to great success.

My Mother's Cousin is a classic pizza and wing joint that nails the simple things. It's all about pizza and wings here and after kicking things off with takeaway and delivery during lockdown, the south Sydney spot is now open for dine-in as well.

The dough for each of My Mother's Cousin's pizza is fermented for 48 hours and topped with high-quality ingredients that stray from the mundane while staying true to flavours Sydneysiders love to see on their doughy rounds. Simple classics like fennel Italian sausage with roasted capsicum ($24) or white cheese, garlic confit and caramelised onion ($24) are here, alongside a spicy nduja, sopressa salumi and ricotta pizza ($26) that is calling out for a drizzle of hot honey ($2).

While the pizza can be a certified show-stealer here, the wings hold their own on the menu. You can order them in sets of six ($12) or 12 ($22) smothered in your choice of hot honey, Phil's in-house hot sauce, lime and pepper, or original recipe. Accompanying the chicken is an array of house-made sauces including a truffle mayo and good ol' gravy.

Open Wednesday–Sunday, drop in and you may be treated to a limited-time special. Cream doughnuts, subs piled high with deli meats and limited-time pizza flavours all come and go week to week.

The Bexley North pizza shop's name attempts to paying homage to Nineteen 43, a Rockdale cafe and the group's first venue. "We always treated Nineteen 43 as the mother, and My Mother's Cousin is the cousin of that mother," the team says.

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