It doesn?t happen often because we are young and poor, but my partner and I made it out to eat at a nice restaurant the other night. Nothing too fancy, just enough for me to go ?a pizza costs HOW MUCH?? Yup. I definitely inherited the old cheapskate gene from my father. But in all fairness, I have no problem paying a lot of money for some amazing food. It just has to be worth it. This place? Eh. It was sort of worth it. Sort of.
It?s called Good Life Modern Organic Pizza and it is an adorably modern place. They had two outdoor areas, one in front and one in back, a fire place, writings on the wall exclaiming how organic they are, and two chalkboards listing the day?s specials and their organic ingredients. I get it. They?re organic. Congrats.
The pizza was pretty good as far as Australian pizza goes. I ordered a portabella mushroom pizza with balsamic, garlic and a lemon aioli.
My partner had a roasted free range chicken, rosemary, potato and parmesan pizza.
Both had crisp crusts, a good amount of cheese, and a nice tomato sauce. But both also had an ungodly amount of toppings, so much that after two slices, the toppings had practically steamed the crust, making it floppy and boring. I need texture, okay? Soft and soggy does not count. This is the problem I have with most Australian pizza. I like a decent westernized pizza with tomato sauce and cheese, but I think the Aussies take it too far and put too much on it. Plus, they refuse to make it more Italian style, with no sauce and minimal ingredients. In my mind, that is the sign of a truly great pizza-let me enjoy the crust and the high quality ingredients. And if you are going to go through all the trouble of bragging about the organic ingredients you use (which is totally not necessary, btw. Organic does not automatically = perfection, but that is another blog for another time), then at least let me enjoy them. Take my pizza. It claimed to have balsamic marinated portabellas with garlic. That sounds good, and mushrooms are like sponges, they need a little flavor added to the party. This just tasted like straight up shroom, minus the flavor. It was so overwhelming, by the end I was scraping off the shrooms and eating what was left of the soggy crust. And the aioli? Not too flavorful and squirted in odd places on the pizza. Ugh. Despite my complaining, it was an okay pizza. And we got some organic lemon lime juice that was carbonated and tasted better than any other Sprite or 7-Up that I have ever had. Granted, it did come from California. Ah well. As a former chef/teacher once told me, pizza is like sex. When it?s good, it?s amazing. And when it?s bad, it?s still pretty good. ~LTG Restaurant Info: Good Life Modern Organic Pizza 170 Hutt Street Adelaide, SA 08 8223 2618