Kicking off in April this year, Canteen Pizza have brought new life to Mondays with their pizza and pinot nights. After a weekend of hectic schedules, this is my kinda way to start the new week with discounted prices, banging drops and some seriously delicious pies.
So of course I was quick to head down and check it out with a big group of my girls. After all, the more the merrier (and by that I mean, the more people there, the merrier I am because we’re ordering more things to try).
I’m a big fan of this place. The pizzas are already a huge yes in my perspective, but the other dishes are also definitely deserving of a shoutout. And it was on this night that I discovered a new wine that I have become increasingly obsessed with: Landsdowne Vineyard’s sparkling pinot noir, called ‘It’s Not My Fault I Like Bubbles’. Seriously good stuff.
First things first: meals should, in my opinion, always start with oysters. Briny, fresh and lightly enhanced by mignonette. Delicious.
Then onto the star attractions. Our choices – the special pizza for the night of duck, fennel and orange, the Canteen (fior di latte, garlic rosemary potatoes, gorgonzola, pancetta san marzano, fior di latte, parmesan, basil – $24.00), quattro formaggi (fior di latte, asiago, gorgonzola, pecorino, fresh garlic, black pepper – $25.00) and rustica (stracciatella, pork and fennel sausage, broccoli, fennel, fresh chilli – $24.00). Gluten free bases were tried (an additional $5.00) and I’m pleased to say for this gluten lover, they actually passed the test.
Though I’m sure we could have all been pleased with the pizzas and accompanying different pinots we tried, we still wanted to make our way through other options too for variety.
Oven roast kipflers with rosemary, garlic, bread crumbs and charred onion aioli ($10.00) were a stellar choice. After all, who doesn’t love potatoes! The ancient grains, pomegranate, grape, apple almonds and red wine vinaigrette salad ($15.00) was texturally complex and delightfully refreshing to cut through some of the richer items on our dinner menu.
The white anchovies with green olives, rocket and bread ($22.00) is vibrant and fresh – as is the asparagus with anchovy aioli , crispy pancetta and grated bottarga ($10.00).
Just the thing you want when you’re feasting like a king. Variety, respect for produce and pizza bases that have so much love in them you can taste it.
Pizza and pinot: a new combo I am in love with. My tip for your Monday expedition to Canteen Pizza? Save room for the tiramisu, which at $15, is a generous slab of old school Italian dessert heaven. Definitely worth sharing for a final slice of indulgence (it’s huge!).
And of course, perfect with a glass of wine to wash it down.