I have a confession to make. Even though I’m a parent of a 3 year old child, I’ve never really enjoyed eating at ‘family restaurants’. You know the ones I mean, with a playground/kids zone inside, kids running around, plastic tables and chairs, screaming, noise and mayhem! I know it seems kind of ironic as my son would probably love to be running around screaming after eating his few mouthfuls of food but it’s the teacher in me that tries to maintain calm and order. Having said that we decided after a long exhausting day that we’d visit Neighborhood Pizza. It has a great reputation, is family friendly and has a relaxed casual atmosphere. We arrive early, in fact I think 5:30pm is the earliest we’ve ever eaten dinner out! We didn’t even get dressed up – hey it’s casual and it’s a pizza! The entrance is located off a carpark and already lots of families are arriving. I can see kids running around inside, it’s noisy and already I’m wondering if we’ve made the right decision. Inside there are several large tables all reserved for later that night and a few stools and cushions stacked on pallets making cosy tables to perch at. There’s a pool table in one corner but the balls and cues aren’t bought out until after 7pm. I really like the use of the pallets and wood logs to screen the kitchen area. We sit down and note that the place is crawling with young families. So I guess this is where all the families go for dinner on a Saturday night!
We ordered pizzas to share, some LLB (Lemon, Lime and Bitters) realising too late it’s BYO and we should have bought a bottle of wine like all the other families there. By now we have random unknown children climbing over the stools and our table. Am not hugely impressed with that but when in Rome…. My son gets up to talk to the girl next to us but after a while he sits back down. We don’t encourage him running around and instead try and play games with him at our table. When he gets a bit bored we wander over to the main counter and he likes watching the pizzas being cooked and the staff smile and wave at him which he really likes and I’m grateful for.
Our pizzas finally arrive and we’re given plastic plates and paper serviettes to eat off, not a piece of cutlery in sight (eek!). The No.6 Pizza ($18) was covered in free range ham, mozzarella and a few pieces of fresh pineapple. We really liked that the bases were thin but my hubby would have liked to see more pineapple to have given the pizza more flavour.
We enjoyed the No. 3 Pizza ($21) with speck, mushrooms, red onion and oregano on a bianco base, more than our other pizza. It still had a thin crispy base but the speck was quite moreish and the flavours all worked well together. We debated the impact of the bianco base over a tomato one and finally agreed Neighborhood Pizza had got it right.
After we’d finished our pizzas a mum from another large group came over and offered our son an icecream she had left over in the box after handing them out to all the children with her. We were quite touched by this generosity and my son was in heaven – pizza and ice cream for dinner! It’s then we realised that there are no desserts on offer, not even a dessert pizza.
Well we survived our visit to Neighborhood Pizza. It’s definitely very popular with young families and has a great family atmosphere. Perhaps a kids zone with some toys or even a tv showing movies in the corner would perhaps keep the children entertained to stop them running around and climbing over the furniture. I can understand how this would annoy other customers but a huge credit to the staff who obviously have the patience of saints!
7 Anvil Lane
Mt Hawthorn 6016
0419 507 432