Arguably the best pizza sauce in Sydney
Everyone knows when people help you move house you must repay them with pizza and, if age-appropriate, a case of beer. Well, when my family helped Darryn and I move into our current apartment in Ashfield, we were required to fulfil our pizza and beer promise. This is when we first called Il Goloso in Haberfield. Since then we have rarely strayed and, when we have, it was to our disappointment.
It is only recently that we have started ordering the Insalata Caprese. It is Darryn’s and my favourite salad and what is not to like, it is one third buffalo mozzarella! The Caprese from Il Goloso is not the best we have had, for a couple of reasons. The first being that there is never EVER enough basil. We are lucky if there is three leaves in a serving. The tomatoes are generally not fully ripe. This last time we ordered we were sure they would be red and juicy, as this season has been a good one for tomatoes, alas they were not. However, credit must be given to the mild and soft buffalo mozzarella and the fruity olive oil used, which is delicate and not too sharp for the mozzarella. The bed of rocket is a nice touch too.
The Bruschetta Pizza is a recent addition to our regular order. While it can be quite salty and oily, the toppings of fresh tomato and basil cuts right through this. The base in this pizza is exquisite! A wood fire, crispy and bubbly base with small patches of burnt bits and a crunchy crust.
The Gustosa pizza is a new one for us this time around. Each time we try to order something new. Similarly to the Bruschetta Pizza the base of the Gustosa is bubbly with the burnt tips, however not as crispy. The tomato sauce on Il Goloso rosse pizzas is divine. You can taste the ingredients; garlic, tomatoes, herbs. It is not a sauce of acidic tomato paste masked with a bit of sweetness. The toppings on the Gustosa, mushrooms, salami, bocconcini, basil and the topping that made it; onion! Lots and lots of soft caramelised onion.
Diavola; this one is old faithful and my favourite on the Il Goloso menu. To be honest it is a glorified pepperoni pizza. Topped with bocconcini, salami and chilli oil this is the only remotely spicy dish on the menu, but my gosh is it good. The salami when hit by the heat of the wood fire start to crisp on top of the pizza and release their own oils to combine with the chilli oil. I find that this one above all others lets you really enjoy the pleasure that is Goloso’s sauce. Perhaps with limited toppings (in terms of variety not serving size) the tomato sauce is encouraged and not overwhelmed.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Best pizza sauce
Really quick delivery
Generous with servings and toppings (especially the buffalo mozzarella)
Too close and easy for health reason
Not enough basil in the caprese