Pocket Pizza Manly
Manly's Italo-American pizza parlour has found a new home along Pittwater Road.
February 14, 2019
Pocket Pizza pays homage to New York's Little Italy, with red-and-white gingham tablecloths, exposed brick walls, vintage NYC photos and a hip-hop playlist to boot. This home of Italo-American pizza on the Northern Beaches has recently relocated to a new, larger spot on Pittwater Road.
As well as boasting a new look, the corner restaurant also has an updated menu. For starters, there's burrata with basil oil ($11) and imported tinned sardines with toast ($12). Pasta mains include veal and pork ragu pappardelle with butter milk, ricotta and basil ($23), while dessert offers espresso tiramisu ($12) and negroni panna cotta ($14).
But the 12 hand-tossed pizza pies are the star of the show here ($21–$27) — most of which come topped with fior di latte and all of which are given punny titles. There's the Netflix & Chilli (spicy 'nduja, ricotta, chilli flakes and honey), the Baraccoli Obama (spring cream base, broccolini, silverbeet, ricotta and lemon), the Gordon Hamsey (double smoked ham, pineapple, pickled jalapeño and red onion) and the Prawnhub.com (garlic prawns, buffalo mozzarella, capers and prawn oil).
Gluten-free bases (add $3) and vegan cheese (add $2) are available for all pizzas, as is a very American ranch dipping sauce for the crust (add $2).
On the bar side of things, expect a range of Italian wines by the glass ($8–$13), house draught beer ($8) and Birra Moretti on tap ($9) and three spritzes I th— one combines gin, limoncello and fresh passion fruit, and another is tequila with blood orange and Italian bitter orange ($16 each). There are also classic cocktails that serve two ($24), including a negroni and an old fashioned.
The full menu is available for delivery and takeaway, as are the handful of packaged Italian products on display.