The monsoon season is here a little early this year and it has been raining terribly most evenings. We decided to order in from Spizza and curl up on the couch in front of the telly. I usually refrain from blogging about takeaway food because when set against a cheap plastic background, the dish, no matter how flavourful, usually looks awful. The integrity of the dish becomes compromised when it is packed. However, pizza is unique in that it manages to retain that photogenic quality despite travelling through a drizzle.
We got the Combo B set, which consists of 2 pizzas, 1 pasta, 1 starter and 1 garlic bread at $64 nett.
The first pizza was the Quinta (usually $22), tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, egg and black truffle sauce. This was wonderfully aromatic, earthy and addictive. It's been said that some people are so pretentious that they will take a liking to a typically disgusting piece of crap if you give it a fancy French name and place an extortionate price tag on it. It's like "The Emperor's New Clothes" for food. Truffles, despite the hefty price tag (black truffles can go up to US$383 per pound), really do live up to the hype. They instantly jazz up any dish with that luxurious mushroom flavour. The thin crust was a little soggy which was to be expected due to the transit period from the restaurant to my home.
We also got the Tara (usually $22), tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, egg, bacon and button mushrooms. This was good but not spectacular, largely because it was compared to the Ricciotti version (but we recognised that it wasn't a fair fight because Ricciotti was a dine-in whereas Spizza was a delivery). We also felt that the bacon could have been cut into bite-sized pieces instead of the inconvenient long strips.
For the pasta, we got the Ravioli (usually $14), filled with spinach and ricotta in a tomato based sauce. The picture isn't pretty or particularly appetizing, but it tasted surprisingly good. The mild sweetness of the ricotta was a nuanced balance against the slightly bitter spinach and the tomato base was rustic and homestyled. Italian cuisine in its simplicity.
The one thing about deliveries is that you don't actually open up every box to check against every order so invariably, you'll end up accepting deliveries which can turn out to be a mistake. We actually ordered the breaded mozzarella cheese but ended up with some kind of salad. We couldn't figure out which one it was because it obviously didn't have chicken breast, calamari, portobello mushrooms, mozzarella, parmesan, or tuna. Still, it obliged us to eat our greens, which wasn't necessarily a bad thing.
There were hits and misses, but I would still pick Spizza over any other generic thick crust pizza joint. They generally have better ingredients and are more authentic. Their crusts are also thinner and crispier, with that distinctive wood-fired accent.
Oh and we got a $5 dining voucher, which can be used with a minimum spending of $25 when dining in or for home deliveries. This was a nice touch.
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