Situated conveniently below the IMAX theatre and overlooking Darling Harbour, Eat Love Pizza is a pizzeria known for its fun assortment of gourmet pizzas. Simply yet sleekly furnished with wooden chairs, glass walls and stainless steel touches; Eat Love Pizza has a modern yet friendly vibe that is popular with locals and tourists alike. On an early Tuesday evening, tables are beginning to fill with hungry patrons. We are served rather quickly by a smiling waiter.
View of the front
The menu is extensive and greatly flexible for those with selective palates. With nine entrees to choose from; together with seven pasta sauces, and four different varieties of pasta and twenty four pizzas - it was difficult to choose what to order. My dining partner was greatly pleased to find eight of the twenty four pizzas were vegetarian, all priced at $22.
We began our meal with entrées of Frittata ($14.50), a thick Italian-style omelette with potato, caramelised onion and red capsicum - paired with an enormous portion of walnut and rocket salad. While the serving sizes were large, I was disappointed as the frittata lacked flavour and the distinct sweetness of caramelised onions. The salad needed more olive oil and balsamic vinegar, which was thankfully provided in self-service bottles on the table.
Quickly after our entrees were cleared, our mains arrived. The Gamberi pizza ($28) arrived hot just out of the oven, with a perfectly cooked crust. With a mild tomato and mozzarella base, every slice was sweetly spicy with chilli and garlic, with a scattering of tiger prawns and wilted baby spinach. While the garlic and chilli pair well with the prawns, the base was slightly ‘soupy’ with sauce.
The Zucca pizza ($22) was tangier with a tomato and sweet gorgonzola cheese base, topped with sage and roasted butternut pumpkin slices - with a handful of rocket and pine nuts on top. While pumpkin can add delectable subtle sweetness to a pizza, the slices were too hard for my preference.
Top: Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta; Bottom: Tiramisu
Italian desserts had always been a favourite of mine, and I was disappointed by the limited range of desserts compared to the sizeable number of mains. With merely five desserts to choose from, we decided on the Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta ($14) and their homemade Tiramisu ($14).
The panna cotta was delicately formed, with a smooth texture and mild sweetness; as well as being artfully presented with peaches and raspberry coulis and thin almond biscuits. The tiramisu, however was not as creamy as I liked, and the lady fingers did not soak up enough liquor to give that distinctive coffee flavour.
Where: 31 Wheat Rd Darling Harbour NSW
Why: Conveniently located yet overpriced and average
Cost: $107 for a three course meal for two
When: Lunch or dinner