New York comes to Newcastle in the form of Bronx Pizza, the coastal city’s most easy-going spot for pizza and beer. With tasty, inventive pizzas and a dive bar feel, you’ll find yourself stopping by for a snack but staying until late.
When owners and longtime friends, Ethan Ortlipp and Ryan Hawthorne, moved to Newcastle from Sydney in 2014, they brought their urban, edgy style with them. With years of experience behind them, they have taken the North Coast by storm with the Prohibition-style speakeasy, Coal & Cedar, and newcomer, Bronx Pizza.
The vibe is as casual as it comes – Bronx Pizza has a place for everyone. It’s a place for a fun date, meeting up with a bunch of friends or even a late night pizza run in pyjamas. You can settle in for the evening with the extensive drinks list, or just grab a takeaway. If you’re bringing little ones, take a seat in the family-friendly area to be a comfortable distance from the boozier guests.
Kick off the evening with some antipasto – the buffalo mozzarella bruschetta is a sure winner, perfect with some marinated olives to whet your appetite. Move on to the pizzas: burnished bases loaded with inventive toppings. Don’t miss a slice of the Little Stinka, a potent combination of mozzarella, double garlic and rosemary. For something meatier opt for the Beefeater, topped with wagyu meatballs, bresaola and pecorino, or the Porkalicious, featuring a holy trinity of pork sausage, sopressa and pancetta.
If you’re keen to try something little different, it’s hard to go past the Speckenwolf, topped with speck, ricotta, San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella, oyster mushrooms, and rosemary, or the Rise of the Phoenix, a super-savoury combination of roast chicken, nduja, jalapeños and olives. Those feeling creative can freestyle with the DIY Pizza – pile on your favourite toppings for the ultimate flavour hit.
It’s well worth switching up your order to try the boys’ ricotta gnocchi, made famous at their former venue, The Bowery Boys. The gnocchi has returned to the menu here to take its rightful place as a crowd favourite. After indulging in pizza and pasta, it’s only fitting to finish with dessert – choose between the tiramisu made with single origin espresso or a classic Eton Mess.
In line with its laidback atmosphere, Bronx Pizza has a drink to suit everyone. Whether it’s a heritage brew (think Melbourne Bitter, Coopers and XXXX cans) or a craft tipple from the likes of Pirate Life or Founders, you’ll find something for every taste. Wines, ciders and cocktails are also available, but it’ll be hard to stray from the ‘Booze and Juice’ menu. Pick your poison, whether it be gin, rum, vodka, scotch or tequila, and add fresh fruit juice for a refreshingly simple cocktail.
Cans of beer and delicious pizza – it doesn’t get much more relaxed than a meal at Bronx Pizza. No wonder it’s quickly becoming one of Newcastle’s favourite places to meet for a quick bite, to stay until close, and everything in between.