By Freya Ensbey.
There would be a small minority of people in this world who
could claim they don’t enjoy pizza, however there is still a vast majority out
there who still seem to believe that "pizza” comes in a frozen box to be placed
in the oven for defrosting, and topped with store bought, processed and
artificial sauces, making the Italian Nonna’s the world over hang their heads in
Balboa Italian's Pizzaiolo, Luigi D'Agostino.
One Italian restaurant which has held a fierce loyal
following since opening its doors in 2016, creating a weekly pilgrimage for
those from the motherland and flavour enthusiasts alike, is Gold Coast’s own
slice of authentic Italian, Balboa Italian.
Luigi spreading the dough.
Encompassing an ultra-chic fit out of industrious grandeur,
Balboa creates a modern arena for diners to experience authentic tastes. An
open air kitchen situated near the front door exposes the busy happenings of
organised service chaos, with a traditional wood fired pizza oven watching over
the space as though the worn in godfather of the restaurant.
Turning out pizza after pizza with each service, the
classics are reinvented here with topping options like the tomato based Gamberi
Piccanti with local prawns, tomato, mozzarella, garlic, chilli, olive oil and
Luigi stretching the pizza dough.
Balboa’s pizza Chef Luigi D’Agostino, uses a simple, yet
meticulously measured recipe to create each circular masterpiece, ensuring each
pizza arrives at the table with the same chewy centre and hints of a charcoal
crunch from the crust each and every time.
Balboa Italian's Margherita Pizza, make it yourself with Luigi's recipe below.
Luigi explains to us that using fresh is always best, and
cuts no corners by making each pizza dough and rich sauce entirely from
scratch. Making 8 pizzas, approximately 48 slices, the perfect amount for a
dinner party, his recipe for The
Perfect Italian Pizza will have you known amongst friends as the pizza
As for Luigi’s top pizza making tips? Ensure your water
temperature is around 4 degrees for a fluffy, lighter dough, keep things simple
with just a few toppings instead of piling it up and use Buffalo mozzarella
mixed with a touch of Parmesan for the perfectly cheesy finish.
For those who find themselves on the Gold Coast or are
expected to make a visit soon, be sure to book yourself a table at Balboa
Italian in Palm Beach and sample one of Luigi’s creations for yourself.