Fire gives rich, robust flavour, and in Sydney, more restaurants are trading gas ovens and grills for an open flame. Woodfire cooking is back – and we’re not just talking about pizza. Chefs are using the ancient technique to spark creativity, and their experiments playing with fire are paying off. From bagels to meats and desserts, these are the most fired-up plates in town.
Rise and shine! In Woolloomooloo, this tiny shop makes bagels the Montreal way: they’re hand-rolled, simmered in water and honey, and woodfired til they’re chewy on the inside, and crunchy on the outside. Smoking Guns’ salmon bagel is a brekkie favourite, slathered with Pepe Saya cream cheese, pickled golden beetroot, dried capers and chilli.
129 Cathedral Street, Woolloomooloo
Led by a third-generation pizzaiolo, Via Napoli is as authentic as it gets. The pizzas are topped with ingredients imported straight from Italy, and woodfired, Neapolitan style until the crust is blistered and bubbly. The three outlets follow the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana’s rules (think of them like the pizza police) to a tee, and we can’t thank them enough.
Hunters Hill, Lane Cove and Surry Hills
Top tip: Vegan? In Newtown, Gigi’s Pizza ditched cheese for good a couple of years ago, and is also accredited with the AVPN.