Behind lace curtains – a look pulled straight from your grandmother’s house – and faded, vintage red signage on Pittwater Road in Brookvale is Pocket Pizza, the sister restaurant to the restaurant of the same name in Manly. Inside, you’ll find wood-paneled walls and Tiffany stained-glass windows hanging above a tiled bar churning out spritzes of limoncello, Fernet-Branca and fruity pét-nat. Gingham-patterned plastic tablecloths cover tables lined with dark bentwood dining chairs — the icing on the cake for a homage to old-school red-sauce Italian restaurants in New York’s Little Italy.
Manly owner and local Dylan Eisenhut notes that the takeaway boom of the first lockdown was a catalyst for the opening of a second location. “We saw then that there was a chance to reinvent what your local take-out pizzeria used to be and have a second restaurant that serves more of the beach community, while creating a great atmosphere for those waiting for their dishes. to take away,” he says. Large format.
In the front room, next to a drinks fridge stocked with Heaps Normal zero-proof beer, Strangelove soft drinks and Coke bottles, are vintage arcade games such as Super Mario World and NBA Jam. “When people order takeout, they can play arcade games and have a drink at the bar while they wait for their food,” Eisenhut says.
At the back is the dining room – and while the interiors are old world, the pizza toppings are contemporary and slightly experimental. The Gordon Hamsey is topped with fior di latte, red onion, jalapenos, leg ham and pineapple on a tomato base – sure to stir up some controversy among diehard traditional pizza lovers. Meanwhile, the return of the Mac features ground beef, “special sauce,” pickles, and sesame seeds for a pizza-burger hybrid.
The menu also features simpler classics, including pizza margherita with a vodka sauce base, as well as a twist on the crowd-favorite garlic bread, here made with a milk bun and sprinkled with parmesan cheese. . If you’re particularly hungry, grab the vodka rigatoni and add burrata on top. Please note: you may need to order a digestive afterwards. Fortunately, a fine selection of Italian aperitifs and digestives is offered. Sweet tooths should consider the banoffee banana split, a mix of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, cookie, banana and caramel.
Industrial Brookvale has recently become a hub of restaurants, breweries and coffee roasters. Recent arrivals include Coffee Supreme and Bucketty’s Brewing, joining Manly Spirits, Berkelo Bakery and Nomad Brewing.
“For us, Brookvale is about bringing the community together around…delicious food and casual arcade games,” says Eisenhut.
Brookvale Pocket Pizza
515 Pittwater Road, Brookvale
0480 300 419