Special thanks to Ompty for the invite!
Pizza Autentico do an all-you-can-eat pizza night for $20! When I first found out about that, I was suspicious. Surely they had to cut some corners…
Once we tried their food and saw how it all worked though, it started to make sense. There definitely weren’t any corners cut, the Autentico boys were just smart.
Pizza Autentico’s all-you-can-eat is different to your typical Pizza Hut offering.
Pizzas are cooked in batches and brought around to patrons who all sit at one long table that commands the restaurant’s whole dining space. This is leagues ahead of other buffet-style restaurants that stack their pizzas in a corner, sitting under a heat lamp inviting grubby hands.
This means the food comes straight from the oven to YOU – I love this concept as there’s nothing better than a pizza fresh out of the oven!
I also found the amount of variety $20 can get you is amazing. We managed to try 6 different pizzas and 3 pastas, with a few extra dishes that weren’t part of the deal but nevertheless worth it.
Firstly, I have to say that Autentico’s pizza bases are superb! They are light, fluffy yet crunchy and really bring out the character of Autentico pizza. The amount of love that goes into their creation really pegs the small restaurant to a traditional pizzeria in terms of food. Combined with their unique way of serving their all-you-can-eat deal, you feel like part of the family as you chow.
Our first pizza was loaded with flavour. The Parmesan had a strong bite that was slightly salty. The generous serve of prosciutto was clearly sourced from a quality smallgoods supplier – it boosted the overall saltiness of the pizza and added some much appreciated protein. Finally the rocket added a nice touch of pepper to the finish of each bite.
There aren’t many other Italian dishes which make you feel the love of home cooking quite like spaghetti bolognese. Autentico’s take respected the classic recipe, with a generous coating of sauce that provides a slightly tart finish. A bit of Parmesan and chilli was all this dish needed to shine and feel like a hug from Nonna.
Our next pizza had a pretty unusual combination of toppings – pea and bacon with cheese. However, we found it worked pretty well as the sweet peas contrasted nicely against the bacon’s saltiness, with the cheese providing a nice creamy edge.
We then took a quick drink break.
Autentico’s Negroni had a kick! It was really dry with a strong orange citrus flavour. Its finish was rather bitter but with a sweet edge. If you’re a Negroni fan, it’s worth a try.
We found the Peach Bellini had an amazing peach profile with just the right amount of dry sharpness from the processco. Overall an enjoyable cocktail.
One of Autentico’s vegetarian options, the eggplant and Parmesan combination worked pretty well together – the eggplant mainly provided a soft texture with subtle flavours, allowing the Parmesan to really showcase its bite. We loved its salty edge! Adding a bit of chilli oil kept the pizza interesting giving each mouthful a bit of a kick.
Autentico’s gnocchi came with four kinds of cheese in its sauce. I didn’t catch what the four cheeses were, but it was a creamy delight! The gnocchi itself was fluffy and soft. I really loved the simplicity of this dish, yet I couldn’t help but lust over a few crispy cubes of bacon to add to the gnocchi.
Another vegetarian option, this pizza had carbs on carbs – potato on pizza base. The traditional tomato pizza sauce was replaced with a white sauce that provided a creamy element that seemed to appear in most of Autentico’s dishes – we welcomed it with open arms! The zucchini tried its best to keep the pizza healthy and made us feel slightly better about ourselves. We found a touch of pepper for seasoning helped round out its flavour.
Pepperoni is my go-to pizza topping so I was super excited to try a slice. The pepperoni was packed with flavour and had a little heat to it. I liked how thinly sliced it was, allowing it to crisp up a little whilst in the oven. Pair this up with Autentico’s cheese and we couldn’t get enough!
Burrata is generating a bit of a trend currently. It’s an Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream and typically served with tomato.
Autentico’s burrata was creamy and soft with well-seasoned tomato. It was fresh and light so it was a great way to take a break from all the pizza and pasta carbs. The burrata is not part of the all-you-can-eat package.
This pasta dish was defined by its rich and bold tomato-based sauce. It was slightly sweet, well seasoned and comforting. The salty and creamy ricotta cubes scattered throughout was a nice touch to add consistent cheesiness throughout.
Our final pizza was a classic margarita, complete with mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and basil. All of these ingredients worked so well together. The mozzarella was melted perfectly and paved the way for beautifully sweet pops of cherry tomatoes. The basil completed the classic combo by providing its fresh and fragrant character.
We then moved onto dessert which was not included in the all-you-can-eat deal.
Their evening special was a tiramisu. It had marscapone spread between layers of coffee-soaked sponge. I loved the contrast between sweet marscapone and bitter coffee, and the soft texture of the sponge made for a delectable dessert.
Pizza Autentico have re-shaped the all-you-can-eat pizza scene. Their creation has made it more about the dining experience with a wide variety and great quality pizza. It’s also arguably one of the most affordable all-you-can-eats in Sydney.
Written by Lachlan Munnings (@mister_eats)