Newtown’s King street is often referred to as ‘Eat Street’ by Sydneysiders, who love the sheer range of restaurants along it’s fine culinary stretch. That being the case, Gigi Pizzeria is responsible for delivering the traditional Neapolitan flavours to the street.
Owners and managers, Marco and Daniela Matino, opened the pizzeria seven years ago, with a desire to bring the freshness and clarity of flavour reminiscent of Naples to the famous Newtown street, with traditional Neapolitan wood-fired pizza.
Gigi is a proud member of the AVPN (the ‘Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana’ or ‘True Neapolitan Pizza Association’) and adheres to its incredibly specific regulations, including hand-stretched dough, traditionally topped, and wood-fired pizza, Napoli style.
According to Marco the tradition of the Neapolitan wood-fired pizza “is an art form which will always be relevant no matter how times change.” As well as the specific guidelines for the bases, they use the freshest produce from local growers, and ensure that their meats are of highest quality, such as free-range Bangalow sweet pork from Ballina.
It’s not just the pizza at gigi which is sure to please. There are delectable antipasti dishes on offer. You can enjoy a craft beer or naturally an espresso or two. The desserts including their homemade gelato and famous baked ricotta cheesecake are testament to Marco’s background as a pastry chef.
The Calzone Napoletano Classico is one of the signature dishes at gigi. This dish also lends itself well to the domestic kitchen as it cooks at a lower temperature than pizza and can also be fried.
In one of Sydney’s most diverse and vibrant suburbs you’ll find a little vibrant corner of Naples food culture. For seven years Gigi’s has been getting it right and this has been rewarded not only with a loyal clientele, but with its pizza featured in good food guides around the city.