Food review: Napoli Zero81 Pizza Bar

58 Brooke Avenue, Southport Ph: 07 5636 8092

If you’re looking for a national treasure on the Northern Gold Coast, you don’t have to go far to find it. True Neapolitan style pizza has entered your ‘hood.

Napoli Zero81 Pizza Bar has opened in Southport, joining a clutch of eateries in the new precinct of Brooke Avenue, Chirn Park. With plenty of parking in the area, for locals, this area’s an easy choice for dining. On its shady corner, with seating flowing outside the pizzeria to surrounding verandas, Napoli Zero81 is a very pleasant spot for an evening meal.

Napoli Zero81’s owner, Justin Palumbo, is already well known on the coast through his mobile pizzeria Wildfire Pizzas.

Named after Naples and its postcode 081, the pizzeria’s main focus is ‘Pizza Napoletana’. With crusts as airy as cushions, their toppings light and flavoursome, making these pizzas was declared a national treasure by UNESCO in 2017.

Justin says that, like many pizzaiolo, he learned to make pizza the hard way. Thrown in the deep end at his first restaurant, he learned to make real AVPN pizza by spending hours watching tutorials on YouTube.

Justin’s passion is obvious, the pizzas delicious in their simplicity. Either Rossa (topped with San Marzano tomatoes) or Bianca (with Fior Di Latte) based, there are sixteen toppings to choose from, including the most famous of all, the signature Margherita ($19), named in honour of Queen Margherita and her love of a classic tomato, mozzarella and basil pizza.

While pizzas form the core of the menu, other street-style items are not to be overlooked: soft handmade pillows of potato gnocchi cooked in a Napoli Sauce, topped with Fior Di Latte, woodfired to finish ($25); crisp Aranchini balls hiding Bolognese, peas and mozzarella ($14); potato croquettes filled with pancetta, Grana Padano and Mozzarella, served with a tangy Gorgonzola cream sauce ($12); Seafood linguini ($28 – Frutti Di Mare), or traditional Polpette meatballs cooked in a Napoli sauce ($15), as well as salads and pastas.

There’s the option to order dishes per person, traditional style, or to dine from share platters – a great way to cater for functions or parties in the space.

Five delicious treats are offered for dessert: Nutella pizza, Profiteroles with gelati, Tiramisu, Cannoli and Nutella-filled Bombolini ($10 – $14).

While Central and Southern Gold Coast have gained an explosion of new talent and dining choices, it’s fabulous to see growth on the northern end of the coast, especially when the food quality is as much of a treasure as this.

Read more of Marj’s reviews on foodgoldcoast.com.au

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