When it comes to pizza styles, it really comes down to personal preference; some people like their pizza bases wafer thin, some like the pan style crust, while others enjoy something in between. If you want authentic Italian pizza, you really can’t go past Albero Pizza Bar on Rundle Street in the city.
Running the kitchen is Chef Mimmo who is originally from Italy and has had many years experience running restaurants back home. To get the exact same experience, the flour and particular toppings are imported from Italy, with everything else being fresh and locally sourced. We all know that wood oven pizzas are the best, and that’s the exact cooking method used. The menu is a decent size with a selection of antipasto, salads, pizza and desserts on offer. All the pizzas come in the one size, and at the time of writing, there were 15 to choose from.
The Provolone Al Forno is simply amazing. Baked in the oven, the cheese is gooey like mozzarella with a sharp taste that is similar to cheddar. The pieces of anchovy add depth with their saltiness, while the small pieces of toasted bread act as a filler. The dish is simply delicious and best eaten while hot.
The Caprese Salad is a simple Italian dish that resembles the Italian flag. The buffalo mozzarella was sliced into four quarters, and its taste was robust and full flavoured. The thick tomato slices were fresh and juicy, while the Italian proscuitto added depth with its saltiness.
For the pizzas, we started off with the classic Margherita. The base is covered with San Marzano tomato, which is widely considered by chefs to be the best. The mozzarella was soft and gooey, while the sweet, aromatic flavour of the basil leaves added good depth. In true Italian style, the pizza base was thick around the crust and thin towards the centre. Cooked in the wood oven, the pizza had a lovely smokey flavour with the true flavour of the ingredients on show.
Next was the Sir Pig which is their meat lovers pizza. One thing I really like about Albero is that they are generous with the toppings. Some authentic pizza places are very conservative with the toppings and you’d be lucky to get a good distribution of ingredients on each slice, but not here! The pizza is topped with an all star cast of cured meats featuring ham, Casalingo salami and fennel sausage. The star of the show was the nduja which is a spicy, spreadable pork salami that has a similar taste to the Korean gochujang chilli paste.
Like we always say, no meal is complete without desssert. We start off with the Almond Parfait which had a lovely smooth and creamy texture. A layer of chocolate sauce over the top of the parfait added sweetness while the generous almond slices provided a crunchy texture.
More chocolatey goodness came in the form of the Calzoncino; a dessert calzone filled with Nutella and topped with ricotta cream. The calzone comes to your table piping hot, and the gooey Nutella filling is rich and decadent. The ricotta cream is light and fluffy, and balances the richness of the dessert. It’s a must-have dish at the restaurant and the perfect way to end the night.
Albero Pizza Bar is set in a modern and stylish space at the east end of Rundle Street. A drive way to the Palace Nova cinemas runs along side the building giving it two frontages, and in doing so, makes the place light and airy. There is plenty of seating both inside and out, and with chilled tunes playing in the background, this place is perfect for the warmer months. The average price for pizza is $21 and desserts $16, which is great value for what you get. Combine this with friendly service and a laid back atmosphere, and you’ll feel like you’re dining in Italy.
Albero Pizza Bar is open from 5pm everyday except Tuesday.
WHERE: 292 Rundle St, Adelaide