Cipro Pizza al Taglio occupies one end of a building that also houses the Campos Coffee headquarters, a doctors surgery and some other spaces yet to be filled. It is in a rather odd position, surrounded by a giant Dan Murphy’s liquor store and various other warehouses, but with Bitton just down the road and Sub-Station 152 Cafe down the other road, the food scene in Alexandria seems to be starting to come into bloom.
Cipro Pizza al Taglio mainly specialises in pizza, much of which you can drool at through the glass cabinet at the counter. Not the thin base, round pizza you’re usually accustomed to – but thick, chunky slices of rectangle dough with generous toppings. Because pizza is a food to be shared (read: we wanted to try as many different types as possible) we got a group together for a nice evening out. Unfortunately Cipro doesn’t take bookings, so get in early (there is ample parking on Fountain Street). Also unfortunate that dinner finishes at 8:30pm – what?! I was totally stressed by this information – what about all those people that only start dinner at 8pm?! Luckily it only means they stop taking new diners after 8:30pm; we leisurely sat there enjoying our dessert til well past 9pm.
- What we ate:
Starting out with some Mixed Olives with Parmesan Crackers and some casual pizza bread like the Tomato and Anchovy one is always a good idea, especially while waiting for others in your party to arrive. We then chose selection different pizzas (all listed on a blackboard on the wall) including: Mushroom and fetta pizza, a Sausage pizza (sadly I didn’t write down exactly what it was! Apologies!), Pork and veal meatballs, eggplant, provolone and basil pizza, and the Zucchini, mint and goats curd pizza. Each portion of pizza comes in 2 slices, so there should be plenty to go around. I think my favourite was the Zucchini, mint and goats curd pizza – there was something about the light zucchini flavour with a burst of mint that worked really well with the subtle cheesy-ness of the goats curd.
The special of the day was the Chilli and Pepper Marinated Chicken cooked over the wood fire served with a bread, tomato and herb salad, and with only 2 servings left in the kitchen we knew we had to grab that quickly! I’m not a fan of chilli, so I didn’t have much of this, but others tell me it was ah-mazing. I thoroughly enjoyed the two salads we ordered as well: a simple Prosciutto Salad and Grilled octopus salad. Grilled octopus (where you can really taste the grill!) is something special, and the eggplant mousse was really tasty too!
Dessert: always a highlight and often the test of a good restaurant. We ordered basically everything on the menu. There are several types of Ice Cream Sandwich which, though troublesome to eat, are always rewarding. We had to get the Tiramisu of course – always a test of a good Italian restaurant. The Flourless chocolate cake was somewhat of a magical experience as B will attest to – how did they make it so fluffy?! DS and I shared the Pear and Almond Brioche Pudding, which came in such a cute little copper pot that it was hard to resist, even as someone who isn’t a fan of bread and butter puddings.
All in all, a great place to eat with friends – but please make your dining times later so we don’t feel like we have to rush!
Approximately $25-30 per person for a party of 7-8 (excluding drinks).
Cipro Pizza al Taglio
9/21 Fountain Street
Alexandria NSW 2015