Gorgeous New York Pizza Bar
I had heard good things about Gorgeous Pizza so my daughter and I checked it out for dinner after her weekly netball game.
Gorgeous Pizza is a pizza bar that has also taken its dining ambience seriously. It is a small space with a number of tables for two or four people including a large table in the rear that would be perfect for a group. There were candles flickering around the restaurant and the cruisey music had a New York vibe. So far so good.
My daughter chose a high table for two so that we could sit on bar stools. It gave us a perfect vantage point to watch the action of the pizza oven.
The Gorgeous theme extends to the names of the pizzas on the menu, which are all the names of fashion models. Except of course for the classic pizza Margherita of house tomato sauce and mozzarella or the Kids Smiley Face Pizza (Margherita with a Smile).
We were both hungry, so my daughter chose the Housemade Garlic Bread ($6.50) to start and I ordered the Rocket Salad ($10.50). The garlic bread is a real winner – several slices of bread freshly made that day served with “lashings of garlic and herb butter”. The rocket salad was a healthy choice. The plate was piled high with the rocket and topped with capsicum, sundried tomatoes, black olives, red onion, feta and walnuts. I would have preferred the rocket to have been tossed with the (slightly too sweet) vinaigrette rather than having the dressing squeezed over the top. The salad could easily have served two people.
My daughter played it safe with a large Margherita pizza ($11.00) while I opted for a regular size “Kate Moss” pizza ($18.50). Not sure if pizza has ever crossed Kate Moss’ lips, but this one came with pepperoni, sundried tomatoes, fresh garlic, mozzarella and goats’ cheese. Gorgeous pizza only does thin crust, which in my opinion is pizza as it should be. Both pizzas were good and there were shakers of parmesan cheese and chilli flakes on the table to give the pizza an extra flavour kick. The large size ($25.00) was definitely big enough for two people, so I was glad that I had ordered the regular size. We had enough leftovers to take home for lunch for both of us the next day.
The Gorgeous pizza menu covers many of the classic or traditional topping options, plus some new ones. The popular Lucy Liu features Peking duck, spring onion, cashews, hoisin and mozzarella (regular $19; large $26) and the Tyra comes with Thai prawns, roasted sweet peppers, courgette, garlic, coriander, mozzarella and piri-piri chilli sauce (regular $18.50; large $25).
If you are feeling creative you can “Make Your Own” selection of toppings, $2.50 each for a regular pizza and $3.50 each for a large pizza. Premium toppings are slightly more.
Gluten-free foodies are catered for with gluten-free bases available at a $4 surcharge per pizza.
Side dishes include several varieties of crostini ($10.50), oven-roasted potatoes ($10.50) and the previously mentioned Housemade Garlic Bread ($6.50) and Rocket Salad ($10.50).
Desserts are simple classics: New York Cheesecake; Ice-Cream Sundae and Old-Fashioned Banana Split all costing $10.50 each.
The wine list is written on a blackboard painted wall. Oddly it features several European wines but few Italian ones. The wine by the glass costs around $11 but the bottles are rather pricey at around $49. There are also beer and soft drink/juice options.
We visited Gorgeous on a Tuesday evening and there was a steady stream of locals who came in with their friends or family to eat and visit in the cosy setting. There were also several takeout orders picked up during our meal.
Gorgeous gets very busy on rugby game nights, so definitely book ahead if you plan to visit then. Eden Park stadium is only a short 10-15 minute walk away.