Da Mario is the new sister restaurant of Pizza Mario, Surry Hills and continues the tradition of serving Napoletana (Naples) style pizza – super thin bases with minimal toppings.
Located in the post-industrial Rosebery, Sydney (and positioned amongst a number of popular establishments such as ‘Kitchen By Mike’ & ‘Black Star Pastry’), it looks as if it’s under construction, but it’s actually only the veranda receiving restoration which promises great outdoor dining for the coming warmer months.
Inside, the room is spacious with an open kitchen and large windows permitting plenty of natural light. Additionally, the area affords much more seating compared to its Surry Hills sibling. The decor has been kept true to the areas industrial feel with the polished concrete walls & floor; steel frames & copper piping; and exposed beams. However, impressively, there are splashes of colour with the bright red wood-fire oven and green ferns in pots suspended above the bar counter.
The show stopper at Da Mario’s is without doubt the pizza! It is truly superb – authentic thin base with a few simple ingredients. At the bottom of the menu it reads “all pizzas made to the discipline of the ‘associazione verace pizza napoletana’ no variations”. I looked this up and it is an association that has formed specific disciplines and characteristics of producing a true Naples pizza. The association performs rigorous, periodic checks on all of its members to ensure those using the brand name are following the traditional methods.
Well it gets big ticks from me! Hubby (Ben), I, and our little Freya ordered 2 pizzas – Margherita con ruchetta e crudo (margherita with prosciutto & wild rocket) $25, and Speck & fontina (mozzarella, speck & fontina cheese) $25. Next time I will try Patate Pizza (sliced potato, sea salt & rosemary) $16, Capricciosa (tomato, mozzarella, mushrooms, artichoke, olives & ham) $24, and Pancetta (mozzarella, ricotta, pancetta, fresh tomato & thyme) $26.
In addition, we sampled Tagilatelle al ragu (tagliatelle pasta with pork & veal ragu with parmesan) $22 and Arancini ai 4 formaggi (four cheese arancini balls) $10 – the pasta was cooked perfectly al-dente and the ragu was very tasty, however the arancini balls were just ok.
Service sufficed. All staff were Italian or at least spoke it which I love. Not for the fact that you’re dining in an Italian restaurant but because I love to hear my mother language – it brings me back to my Italian roots!
We were too full for coffee & desserts so we will definitely have to return (any excuse for that pizza).
It’s definitely busy for a Sunday lunch. We arrived without a booking for opening time and were seated straight away, but 20 mins later and we would not have been so lucky. Recommend if only for pizza.
36 Morley Avenue, Rosebery
02 9669 2242
Lunch 12 ~ 3pm and dinner from 5pm Tuesday to Sunday