Fall in love with Burleigh Waters’ new pizza place T’amerò
When you live in the same suburb for a while, you begin to develop a deep understanding of its intricacies – from which roads to avoid at certain times of the day, to where to find the best coffee. It was this kind of precise local knowledge that prompted Marc Kinvig (Blackboard Varsity) and Shayne Green (Home Plate Kitchen) to look upon a former dentist surgery on the corner of Treeview Drive with eager eyes. Marc had the bright idea to create a venue where families and locals can wander down for a bite and a beer – no fuss, no pretence, no bookings. Burleigh Waters and Varsity Lakes locals, get ready to fall in love with T’amerò.
The debate as to whether pineapple has a place on pizza is always a fierce one, so let’s just nip this in the bud right away – you will find pineapple adorning the perfectly crisp woodfired pizzas at T’amerò, but not in the way you think. Rather than plucked from a tin and plonked on top, the pineapple is roasted, caramelised and paired with crispy prosciutto, garden herbs and molten-hot mozzarella to deliver a satisfyingly sweet-and-salty slice. The menu isn’t what you would call ‘traditional’, because that would have been too restrictive for a venue that prioritises culinary creativity and fun. There are a dozen pizzas gracing the opening menu ranging from a crowd-pleasing ‘Margie’ (margherita pizza) through to a summery raw-tuna creation with fried capers, pickled red onions and preserved lemon. One thing the T’amerò crew does take seriously though is the dough – you could go so far as to say they are all about that base (get it?). In fact, this particular recipe has been painstakingly tried, tested and tweaked by Marc over the last decade to perfect the art of the crisp-on-the-outside-light-and-fluffy-on-the-inside dough with just the right amount of give so that you can get a good fold to shovel it into your pie hole (or pizza hole, as it may be).
As you may have deducted, pizzas are the hero here, however there are a couple of light starters (including roasted olives, a fresh watermelon and prosciutto, pistachio and basil-oil salad, and a succinct mozzarella menu) to pick at while you wait. For gluten-free folk, T’amerò’s GF option looks and tastes just like the real deal (something Marc is pretty proud of) and meat-free mates can sub out the mozzarella for vegan cheese. Accompanying the bevy of bites is a selection of easy-to-drink wines that you won’t find at your local Dan Murphy’s – instead you’ll be greeted with tasty, unpretentious drops from small vineyards around Australia and abroad. Coopers beer dominates the taps and there’s a scattering of highballs and cocktails including a salted-caramel espresso martini and limoncello mojito to sip in the sunshine.
T’amerò is Italian for ‘I will love you’, a phrase Marc and his wife encountered repeatedly on their honeymoon in Italy. It lingered in the back of his mind knowing that one day, his grand plan was to open a pizza place with a casual, village vibe. As soon as he saw Coastal Dental Care was moving next door, leaving the prized corner space free – he approached Shayne from the neighbouring Home Plate Kitchen and the plan was in motion. After a few (many) late nights spent sanding and polishing, T’amerò fired up the pizza oven over the weekend for hordes of hungry locals. The turn-out was so good that they sold out of pizza by 5:00 pm. T’amerò is open from Thursday to Sunday for dine-in or takeaway. There are no bookings at this stage so just stroll on in.
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