There is nothing in this world so simple and so satisfying as a slice of perfectly-made pizza. From the chewy crust to the plethora of topping options and of course, the generous helpings of cheese that bring everything together, a slice of pizza can sometimes feel like it will solve anything. And now, there’s a cute new pizzeria in town that, from its woodfired bases to its hearty, flavoursome toppings, is set to satisfy all of our pizza cravings. Meet Pizza Monkey.
Located in Rose Alley (the newly-opened food and drink space in Grey Lynn) Pizza Monkey was started by Nikhil Satam who honed his hospitality expertise over years in renowned kitchens and venues around the world, and who wanted to start something that reimagined a traditional culinary art through a more innovative, modern lens. Pizza was the perfect vehicle.
At Pizza Monkey, as Satam explains, “our philosophy revolves around blending the finest elements of tradition and modernity,” which results in pizzas that feel classic and delicious but that also offer something a little different. Harnessing fresh, premium ingredients, the Pizza Monkey pizzas are made with mouth-watering fior di latte cheese (a semi-soft Italian mozzarella) and cooked in a purpose-made pizza oven, powered by Manuka wood to infuse every pizza with appealing smokiness.
In terms of toppings, the offering is vast and varied. Immediate standouts include the Miso Mushroom pizza and the Three Cheese Truffle pizza, the former of which is made with creamed kale, charred onions and mushrooms topped with delicious miso cream, the latter of which comprises white sauce, ricotta, parmesan, fior di latte and truffle cream and topped with housemade chimichurri. The pizzas here are able to be ordered as a whole pie, to share with friends, or by the slice, if you just want to pop in for a quick bite or sample more than one iteration.
Alongside the pizzas, Pizza Monkey also offers a range of satiating sides including thick-cut fries with paprika salt and garlic aioli, jalapeño bites with sriracha sauce and pesto and pea arancini balls.
From its cute fit-out to its very delicious pizza toppings, Pizza Monkey is the perfect place to pop into to satisfy any and all pizza cravings. And given its Rose Alley location, surrounded by a variety of other food and drink vendors (with more still to come) this pizzeria sits at the heart of what is fast becoming a bustling new hub of hospitality.
5 Rose Road
021 0246 8616