Hot Plates: Sunny's Pizza, Adelaide

Author: David Sly
Photography: Jonathon VDK

The aptly named Sunny's places an emphasis on party-sized fun. The reworked laneway car park space is as much a happy hangout as a bar and diner, its mirror-ball flashing diamonds of light across wood-panelled booths, stone walls and concrete floors. The buzz of a rowdy crowd sets the mood for a rollicking party vibe. It's the creation of a young hospitality A-team (including Andy Nowell of The Happy Motel crew, and Josh Dolman, Ashley Wilson and Rob Denisoff), a place serving simple food that's made for sharing.

The pass at Sunny's Pizza.

The pizza menu has five choices and a blackboard special, all built upon an impressive pizza base - it's both thin and puffy, with a delicious nuttiness that chef Josh Cook (last seen working the wood oven at Est on East Terrace) achieves by combining a mixture of hard and soft flours.

Booth's at Sunny's Pizza.

There's heft to a topping of eggplant Parmigiana with mozzarella and confit garlic, and nice twists on standards. Plump South Australian king prawns come with black garlic butter and provolone, while capocollo with char-grilled pineapple is offset by green chilli salsa.

The menu's "not pizza" items showcase vegetables with flair - a heaped plate of zucchini ribbons with sunflower seeds, pepitas, mint, ricotta and grated parmesan, for instance, and char-grilled cauliflower on cauliflower purée with walnuts and pangrattato. There's also fried squid with romesco sauce and pickled caper leaves, and a nice take on vitello tonnato, offering the crunch of radish against luscious tuna mayonnaise.

Sunny's Pizza. 

The drinks list is compact and on-trend, with Frederick Stevenson rosé and Latta Vino "Lat-Pet-Nat" among a dozen wines, all of which are available by the glass, and a choice of nine beers in tins or on tap.

Service is fast and friendly, and, perhaps best of all, it's open till two. It looks like Adelaide has found its new summer hotspot.

Sunny's Pizza, 4pm-2am, Wed-Sat, 17 Solomon St, Adelaide, SA, sunnys.pizza







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