Da Vinci’s Italian Restaurant in Summer Hill Launches Charcoal Pizza

When it comes to pizza, black is the new black at Da Vinci’s Italian Restaurant in Summer Hill. The inner west pizzeria and Italian restaurant has launched what could arguably be a first in Sydney, a charcoal base pizza.

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Margherita Nera

The black pizza base is made from a bio vegetable charcoal product, a natural substance made from wood that adds flavour and texture to the dough. Only 10 grams of fine, talcum powder-like charcoal are used per 1 kilo of type 1 flour. The dough is left to ferment for 48 hours before it is used in a variety of toppings and baked in a wood-fired oven.

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Close Up of Crust

The result is a delicious base with a crust that remains soft with some crunch, adding a different texture to the dough but still very light.

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To add to the aesthetic effects, the toppings have been meticulously chosen. Nerone ($23) packs a lot of flavour with Fior Di Latte, Yellow and Red Capsicum and Anchovies. The sweetness of the capsicum along with the saltiness of the anchovies makes this pizza a must-have.

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Borgo ($23) makes a delicious vegetarian option and comes topped with San Marzano tomato, Fior Di latte, Caramelised Onion, Deep Fried Eggplant, Mixed Mushrooms and Cacioricotta, a ricotta-like cheese.

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Gnocchi Gorgonzola

As well as regular pizza, Da Vinci’s serves an extensive Italian menu that includes home-made Gnocchi Gorgonzola ($22) in a rich, creamy Gorgonzola and Parmesan cheese sauce.

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For a sweet finish, check out the range of gelato at the rear of the restaurant – the pistachio and chocolate are not to be missed.

Da Vinci's Italian Restaurant
Da Vinci’s Italian Restaurant

Da Vinci’s Italian Restaurant
25 Lackey Street, Summer Hill NSW 2130


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.

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