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The Director's Cut - 103 Reid Ave, Hectorville SA 5073

When one door closes, another one opens, and with that, we said goodbye to our local deli and hello to a new Italian and pizza restaurant. The Director's Cut is nestled comfortably within the suburbs and caters to local families that live in the area. We decided to check this new place out and see how it stacked up against our go to pizza bars and Italian restaurants.

The Carnivore pizza . . . more on this later!

The place has been newly renovated and inside there are old movie posters, quotes written on the walls and a large TV screen playing snippets of old movies. We arrived at 6pm for an early dinner, and were shown to a table for two at the back of the restaurant. We noticed immediately how warm it was inside, and it didn't appear that they had an air conditioner, just a fan. We were presented with some menu's and while the staff were friendly and inviting, we were not told of the house specials for that night, and only happened to see them written up on the ceiling after ordering.

Fresh bread rolls & butter

To start with, we ordered the pork and veal meatballs in a rich tomato suga served with grilled ciabatta, Caprese salad with Italian burrata mozzarella served with marinated cherry tomatoes and grilled ciabatta and house made potato chips served with aioli. By this stage we were both famished and looked forward to our hearty meal. While we waited for our food, we were served with freshly baked, warm bread rolls and butter on the side. This went down well, as we are big fans of fresh bread and butter!

Veal & Pork Meatballs $10
When our entrees arrived, I tucked into the meatballs, only to find that the veal and pork combo was underwhelming, the meatballs had little flavour or seasoning and the tomato suga was watery and lacked a punch you'd expect from a rich tomato suga. The meatballs would be more of a hit if more seasoning was added to the mix and the suga reduced a bit more.

Caprese Salad $12.50
Moving on to the Caprese salad, I was delighted to find that the mozzarella was fresh and soft, just how I like it, although the tomatoes were not cherry as written in the menu, but large slices of fresh tomato which had not been seasoned. This dish would have been a winner if it had some salt or more seasoning to the tomatoes. However I still enjoyed the mozzarella.

Chips $6
As to the chips, they were not unfortunately house made, but more your chip shop variety, with simple mayo to accompany them. These were not very tasty, and lacked that delicious crunch you'd want in a hot chip. Perhaps a bigger cut of chips and more seasoning would have hit the spot, and an accompanying of fresh aoili.

Carnivore pizza 13" $22
Moving on from our entrees, we were immediately served our order of the Carnivore pizza and the Calamari Fritti. On trying the pizza, we were hit with a wonderful flavour of tomato and mozzarella, with a good amount of leg ham, salami, pancetta, chicken and bacon covering each slice. The pizza had a delicious crust and tasty toppings, and we could definitely see ourselves coming back for this dish.

Calamari Fritti $21
Moving onto the seafood dish and we were once more underwhelmed, the calamari were little baby squid which were nicely fried but lacked seasoning, our dish also had prawns and fillets of fish which were not mentioned in the description on the menu. The fillets were not well seasoned and were somewhat bland, however the prawns were juicy and had flavourful seasoning. The dish also came with a garden salad and chips, but as we were already so full, we couldn't eat the sides.

Overall, we left feeling quite full, but not entirely satisfied. The owners and staff were lovely, and the place seemed inviting and casual, but the stuffiness of the air inside and the food didn't quite deliver a meal we would go back to. We did agree that if we were craving pizza we might order a takeaway from the Director's Cut, as that was the only thing we found flavourful and satisfying.

If the owners and chef spend a bit more time on their Italian restaurant dishes to improve the taste and seasoning then it would be a great restaurant to visit. Ensuring that meals are delivered as per the menu, such as delivering hand cut chips and cherry tomatoes as described would also contribute to building a long term following amongst locals. The restaurant is still in it's early stages, so we think with some more time, trial and errors they are sure to become a local favourite. We hope they do, as this would make a great addition to the suburb.

Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly: Some vegetarian options.
Child Friendly: Casual and with a simple menu easy to tailor for kids.

Ambiance: 2.5/5 - Casual, nice set up but quite hot and stuffy inside, back of the room lacks natural light and tends to get quite dark.
Service: 3.5/5 - Friendly service and prompt delivery of food, pay after meal at counter.
Food: 6.5/10 - Simple menu with usual Italian restaurant offerings, food could be improved with a bit more seasoning and flavouring. Pizza was great.

In total OTCB gives the The Director's Cut 12.5/20 chops On The Chopping Board.

The Director's Cut Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


  1. Thankyou for taking the time to visit our pizza caffe, and for your review. Your feedback is important to us, and we will certainly address those aspects that you found less than satisfactory. You’ll be pleased to hear that we’ve already installed air conditioning (so no more stuffiness!) and we’re making plans to brighten the interior. We’ve spent our first few months testing, learning and listening to our valued customers, and this, together with your feedback, will help us make the Director’s Cut the great little meeting place that we’re trying to achieve. So thankyou again, and we hope you’ll give us another go over summer! The Director’s Cut.


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