Published on January 14th, 2015 | by Ann Rickard0
Zachary’s Gourmet Pizza Bar.
I ’m very fond of a pizza. Who isn’t?
Just one look at a pizza Napolitana and I’m transported to Italy.
The smell of the fresh tomato sauce, the tempting look of the melty cheese. That’s pretty much how the Italians like their pizzas. Simple.
The purist would reel in horror at some of the toppings we put on our pizzas, but we are a young multicultural country which has adopted the cuisines of almost every nation around the world and put our Aussie twist on it.
Hence some of the spectacular pizza toppings at Zachary’s.
With three outlets – Gympie Tce, Peregian Beach, Hastings St – none of us are ever far from a Zachary’s so when the mood for a pizza hits (as it does often) we are pretty much catered for in our own neighbourhood.
Gympie Tce is my neighbourhood and I love the river views from Zachary’s as much as I love the lively buzz.
This place rocks every night of the week with attractive young things sipping cocktails and tucking into pepperoni pizzas, just as comfortable as the big family groups where tiny tots sit with parents making their way through a Hawaiian pizza.
The classics at Zachary’s are complemented by a good list of gourmet pizzas: cajun chicken with caramelised onion, roasted capsicum and rocket, or satay chicken with cashews, mushrooms, capsicum, satay sauce and chilli flakes.
Vegetarians are well looked after with a pumpkin, artichoke, goat cheese and sun-dried tomato version that even carnivores covet.
One step up from the gourmet pizzas are the deluxe pizzas – we’re talking five-star stuff here, including one I would crawl over hot coals for – the posh chicken. With avocado, camembert and Spanish onion, it is dotted with generous dollops of cranberry. The combination is inspiring. The same goes for the hoisin duck pizza.
This beauty is topped with roast duck, chilli and spring onion with thin batons of refreshing cucumber to counteract the chilli.
Because there are so many options at Zachary’s – and you’ll salivate over them all – you can order half of one topping, half of another. This is a blessing as it saves food envy whenyour partner orders something you wish you had, and it gives you a chance to try a couple of varieties in one go.
Seafood specialities include a marinara mix, or a Thai prawn version with coriander, capsicum and chilli. Classic and edgy cocktails are shaken as fast as the pizzas come out of the oven.
We love the lychee fusion martini with gin, Soho liqueur and pink grapefruit juice, and have yet to try the lemon meringue martini, a blend of vanilla vodka, triple sec, lemon juice and egg white with a dash of sugar syrup.
There is a cocktail for all tastes on the list to make you feel Noosa-good.
And if pizza is not your thing (how so?) there are big bowls of excellent pastas, from a classic chicken pesto to a spicy chilli arabiata.
All right, so you want super healthy with your pizza and pasta?
How about a fresh salad?
There are seven offerings including a class Caesar, Greek, and pear and parmesan. We can’t go past the sunshine salad, a bowl brimming with goodness in pumpkin, goat cheese, avo, tomato and rocket. What’s not to feel virtuous about that?
Zachary’s can be all things to all people when you work it to suit yourself.
The three locations all home deliver, but we think you’ll love the hum and buzz of a visit.
30 Hastings St, P: 5447 3211.
271 Gympie Tce, P: 5440 5522
Cnr. Heron & Kingfisher Dr. Peregian. P: 5471 2300