Est Pizzeria - Small in size, big on flavour

Est Pizzeria, 30 East Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

A while back, I (Mirko) caught up with some friends at Est Pizzeria in the East End of the City. Wanting to go there on many of an occasion, I jumped at the chance when it was suggested.

Est is located on East Terrace. A small frontage with seating indoors and out, it is quaint and inviting with the aromas of fresh pizza flooding the room. After being seated and having a look at the menu, the four of us decide on 3 pizzas and a gnocchi for dinner.

Our first wave of food
First out were the Cottechino (fried cottechino (similar to salami), green apple and rocket salad), the mushroom (local mushrooms, porcini and smoked scamorza (mild white Italian cheese) and our gnocchi (with gorgonzola and spinach). 

The cottechino was a favourite of fellow blogger (Amanda) when she visited a few weeks prior so she urged me to try this should I get the chance...so I did. Whilst the pizza had nice flavours and was made more interesting with the addition of fresh apple (which I hadn't seen before), it didn't hit the mark for me as it didn't have the bolder flavours that I typically like. Maybe it was because I had built it up in my mind so much! Anywho - still a delicious pizza, but there were better to come.

As a lover of mushrooms, I took delight in eating this dish. Different mushrooms provided different tastes and textures and coupled with the cheese made for a tasty dish - and maybe I am biased, but I love a good mushroom pizza.

The gnocchi, was probably the low light for me. It was stodgy and did not retain any of the bounce I look for in a gnocchi and the dish lacked overall flavour even with the strong flavours of the gorgonzola.

Second wave
Our third and final pizza was the speck (smoked scamorza, chilli and queen green olives). This, along with the mushroom pizza, were my favourites of the night. Whilst speck and olives can be quite salty, the flavours were well balanced and work very well together.

All three pizzas had thin, crispy and moorish bases which didn't leave me feeling heavy. The ratio of topping to base was also right as I could comfortably hold the slices in my hand without worrying that they would fall apart.

Will I be returning to Est, yes I will. The service was friendly, the food delicious and relatively cheap with Pizzas costing $19.90 and the gnocchi $16.90.

Ambiance: 4/5 - small and cosy, buzzing with chatter and laughter all round
Service: 3.5/5 - prompt and friendly
Food: 7.5/10 - slight points off for the gnocchi, but the pizza was on point

In total, OTCB gives Est Pizzeria 15/20 chops on the chopping board. 

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