Throwback Thursday: Pompei’s at Bondi Beach
It wasn’t until the Pizza Festival last year that I truly learnt to appreciate pizza and the little nuances that makes it such a popular dish around the world.
Authentic pizza is not loaded with toppings, it should only have a maximum of five added ingredients – including the tomato and mozzarella on its base. In terms of regional variations, it’s all about the pizza base. I’ve already covered Pizza Romana style; and will cover Pizza Napoletana next. For now, we’re going to take a look at Pizza Italiana.
As recommended by Matteo, founder of Pizza Festival, one of the best places to try the Pizza Italiana style, is at Pompei’s at Bondi Beach.
The first thing that catches our attention is the stunning mosaic wall which brings together the aqua hues of its beachside setting with the cosyness you’d expect to find at an Italian pizzeria.
The coppa baba al rhum ($14) features baba soaked in rum, homemade pistacchio, hazelnut and dark chocolate gelato, whipped jersey cream and amedei chocolate sauce. Trying hard not to giggle at the shape of the rum baba which may or may not make you think of a man’s *ahem*, the two gelato flavours work brilliantly together.
As we indulge in the fresh gelato, we ponder upon which style of pizza is our favourite… There’s a mood for each one, I concur. Pizza Napoletana is comforting, Pizza Romana is satisfying, and Pompei’s Pizza Italiana style is clean eating.
126-130 Roscoe Street, Bondi Beach, NSW
Phone: (02) 9365 1233
I Ate My Way Through dined as guests of Pizza Festival