Deep-fried pizza has arrived in Sydney and where have you been all my life

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August 14, 2020
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The Neapolitan street food comes stuffed with San Marzano tomatoes and stringy Italian cheese.

Pizza, but deep-fried – that’s the genius idea behind Surry Hills’ soon-to-open Italian bar and eatery, Pizza Fritta 180.

The new Crown Street venue ditches the oven-baked slices for two different types of fried pizza. The first is pocketed with ingredients calzone-style, then bathed in hot oil until golden and crispy. The second, called montanara, is made from a deep-fried base finished with various toppings.  Like all the best snacks, it’s designed to be eaten one-handed with a cold beer or Aperol spritz in the other.

Owner Luigi Esposito, who also runs nearby pizzeria Via Napoli, said: “I want to bring classic Naples to the streets of Surry Hills with a casual restaurant and bar where diners can enjoy the custom of eating fried pizza with their hands in a fun and friendly setting. The bite size menu has been passed down through generations from the Esposito family, down to the finest ingredients which have been imported from Naples.”

Traditional toppings include salami, provolone, tomatoes, pork cheek, mushroom, and fresh ricotta, while the dolce menu features a gooey Nutella pizza fritta, as well as graffa, an Italian take on the hot cinnamon doughnut.

Pizza Fritta is slated to open late February at 428 Crown Street, Surry Hills. It opens Mon-Sun, 12pm-late. For more details, head to @pizzafritta180.