After a lot of positive feedback from the email about eating and drinking our way around Port Elliot I thought it worthwhile to continue the theme every so often...and where better to start than my own backyard - McLaren Vale. We are a bit spoilt here with the quality of food and drink on offer, not to mention the scenery.
On Saturday night we had a friend over for dinner and although I usually make homemade pizzas we treated ourselves and ordered takeaways from Pizzatecca. I wasn't game to eat in as the restaurant is quite open air downstairs and it was a bit chilly overnight on the weekend - well you know what I'm like with my cold lizard blood! I delegated the ordering to hubby - I would've loved to have been a fly on the wall when he ordered me a gluten-free, vegan pizza with no garlic. I'm imagining a lot of eye rolling and mutterings of "ummm...you do realise this is an Italian Pizzeria of which the staples are wheat, cheese and garlic?!" Ah well, nothing like a challenge I say. And they certainly rose to the task - the gluten-free base was actually pretty good (they can be cardboard-like at some places), and it was topped with mushrooms, olives, tomatoes, capsicum and capers - delish. Hubby had the salami pizza and very much enjoyed it - not too much chilli either. And of course I made salad to go with it - had to have some greens from the garden - lettuce, baby spinach and nasturtium...mmm. All topped off very nicely by a bottle of Montepulciano from Alpha Box & Dice - a local winery with cellar door but we bought it from Pizzatecca. Overall, a simple but awesome dinner, thank you McLaren Vale.
Ooh and the bonuses if you do eat in? Great atmosphere, complimentary Limoncello after dinner and you may even learn a bit of Italian when you go to the toilet!
Happy Carla-Approved pizza munching,
P.S. If you want takeaways, phone about an hour in advance.
P.P.S. One pizza was enough for me for dinner and 2 slices left for lunch the next day.
P.P.P.S. If you want to make your own pizzas check out the Quirky Cooking recipes from Jo. Here is the one I use with spelt flour (I use all white spelt flour and do my own toppings, I get 4 bases out of this recipe). She also has a gluten-free one that I haven't tried yet.