Having spent a week last year in Montalcino Tuscany with a daily fix of amazing pizzas, I was hooked on the delicate flavours and fresh ingredients of traditional wood fired pizzas.
Then low and behold here I was sitting in Piccolo Papa restaurant located in the High Street Shopping Centre watching Napoli chef Alessio create traditional style Napoli pizzas.
“We buy Italian imported San Marzano tomatoes grown on the volcanic plains to the south of Mount Vesuvius outside Naples” said co-owner Le Cordon Bleu Chef Ceyda Saggers, “this is the best pizza tomato paste used by good chefs around the world’.
To accompany my Prosciutto pizza I had chosen a Caprese Salad with Heirloom tomatoes, Fior di Llatte mozzarella and freshly made basil pesto.
Cedya asked “how do you like the Heirloom tomatoes? We buy them directly from UB’s Farm Helidon”. A taste sensation reminiscent of Tuscany!
My breathtakingly luscious “Fior di Latte, Prosciutto di Parma, rocket, Grana Padano parmesan pizza” just melted in my mouth and I washed it down with my usual glass of Pinto Noir.
Co-owner Liam Saggers happily announced, “We have just received our alcohol licence and offer a small selection of Italian and Australian wines to compliment our menu”.
My nephew (6) and niece (3) were fascinated with the wood fire cooking and loved their Mickey Mouse ears pizza. The freshly made lemonade had them going back for seconds and thirds! Might make for a fun kids birthday party.
Tuscany is always on my travel agenda – however I can now savour the Napoli flavour at ‘Piccolo Papa’ whenever I need an authentic Napoli pizza fix! Apparently they have the only wood fired brick oven in Toowoomba making Napoli styled pizza.