It’s been a week of joining the queue for our meals and it’s more of the same as we put our names down at hot new pizza place, Cipro Pizza al Taglio in Alexandria. Here’s the tip, use the opportunity to take a wander and pick up a cool dozen of your favourite vinos at Dan Murphy across the road. We waited a half an hour for a table on this sunny Sunday afternoon which when you’re selecting Rose whilst you wait, absolutely flys by.
So on your way to be seated at Cipro you won’t miss the beautiful selection of ready made pizzas which will be your first point of menu consideration but the fun doesn’t stop there. There’s the regular menu which is full of salads and mains, as well as a selection of specials on the board.
Am at risk of decision paralysis with all these options which is often the case the first time I visit a new restaurant. Consequently we need to order some thinking food. Two salt cod croquettes and two pork aranicini balls – the best $2.50 you could ever possibly spend surely.
The salt cod where a perfectly fishy little morsel but the Pork Arancini are a taste sensation. Cheesy, tomato-y rice balls with a cheeky hit of pork in the middle. Perfect.
After much debate we have settled on trying two pizzas – the Pork & Fennel Sausage with Broccolli & Chilli ($9) and the Potato, Three Cheeses, Potato & Speck ($9). Pizza at Cipro is forcing me to park my pizza preferences (thin crust, minimal ingredients) and embrace the thick crust, heavy on the toppings version. The Pork & Fennel pizza is seriously tasty, moreish and filling.
For those who are comfortable with a little carb on carb action, the Potato Pizza is amazing. This pizza is actually a bit of a dark horse – unexpectedly delicious. Imagine the most amazing potato bake you’ve ever had then put it some perfect pizza dough and sprinkly with speck. If it sounds a little heavy going, it is, but it’s gorgeous and my favourite thing at lunch today.
There’s a Caprese Salad on every corner in this town and the Cipro version is up there as a good-en. Two varieties of tomatoes, torn mozzarella cheese, whole basil leaves and a lemony dressing that make it a hit.
Cipro other great salads include a daily special of Farro, Beetroot, Olives & Tuna which is tasty and a great choice for a lighter option.
To round out our lunch we decided to give the Pork Meatballs with Braised Greens ($15). It arrives steaming to the table (which I love) and the meatballs are tomatoey, garlicky and hearty. The braised greens of silverbeet with a delicate grate of parmesan over the top are a delight. Will need to head back to Café Sopra to try their meatballs again to decide whether Cipro’s version are a threat.
Our extremely charming and persuasive waiter insists that, based on what we’ve ordered, we could comfortably fit in dessert and before we know which way is up a Tiramisu ($8) and a Pavlova GelatoFarro, Beetroot, Olives & Tuna Salad ($3.50) arrive at the table.
My dining companion is in heaven with his boozy tiramisu and I’m at risk of not getting a sample if I don’t move swiftly.
The housemade Pavlova Gelato is generous with slightly tart passionfruit flavour and little hits of meringue throughout. It’s a good thing that I’ve opted for just one scoop as anymore and a food coma is pending.
I’ve been known to make an excellent ice cream sandwich myself using my favourite Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies but Cipro’s Nutter Butters with Gelato come a pretty close second. The biscuit is deliciously fresh, nutty and crispy.
Cipro is open for lunch and dinner which the locals of Alexandria are no doubt delighted about. For me, this is a great weekday lunch spot both good value in a great warehouse space alongside Campos and Bread and Circus. Get on line I say.
9/21 Fountain Street, Alexandria | +61 2 9698 4183