I used to love buffets. The thought of being able to eat as much as you want was like heaven for me and invariably, it would result in us paying loads of money, stuffing our faces to ensure we get value for money (don’t even think about wasting stomach space on bread!), and then feeling ill for the rest of the night.
Now, I’m much more inclined to spend my money on smaller portions of better quality food, at a place that focuses on one type of food and does it well, rather than going somewhere where I can eat huge quantities but not so great food. Well, it turns out these don’t have to be mutually exclusive. At Pizza Autentico, a mere $20 gets you all you can eat, high-quality pizza and pasta made fresh by Italian chefs for 90 minutes straight.
The unlimited pizza and pasta menu has over 10 pizzas and 5 pastas to choose from, which waiters bring out straight from the kitchen. The pizzas and pastas are served to each diner so you get the opportunity to taste a little bit of everything.
Before we get started on the pizzas and pastas though, a small board of olives, olive tapenade, olive oil and house made bread is brought out to whet the appetite. All the fresh ingredients used at Pizza Autentico are sourced from Salt Meats Cheese in Alexandria, so you know it’s going to be good!
It doesn’t take long for the pizzas to start flowing. Each pizza is brought around and you’re asked if you want a slice. Um… yes please! The first one we try is the n’duja pizza, a napoli sauce base with spicy Italian pork sausage and mozzarella.
The pizzas keep rolling out and there’s a good selection of different types on offer. One of my favourites is the Vatellinese with shaved dried beef, rocket and parmesan; and the simple Margherita with mozzarella and basil.
There’s pastas available too, with a range of different pasta types and sauces. Out of the ones that we tried, the tomato-based sauces were my favourites with the spaghetti bolognese being surprisingly flavoursome and meaty.
The food kept coming out constantly and we were able to try almost everything on the menu. Soon we were feeling rather stuffed and had to sadly decline the fresh pizzas and pastas being brought out. Pizza Autentico is great value, and the awesome thing is that the food is made and brought out fresh which means no soggy pizzas or cold pastas. The concept is perfect for groups and there is an upstairs private dining area and $29 menu (unlimited starters, pizzas and pastas) which caters especially for groups. So grab some friends and get on down to Pizza Autentico for a carb fest!
Penguin says Feed Me dined at Pizza Autentico courtesy of Evans Media
15 Brisbane St
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Ph: +61 2 9267 9992
Open Monday to Friday from 12pm, Saturday and Sunday from 5pm