Wednesday, January 07, 2009

zia pina, the rocks

After a play at the Sydney Theatre Company, we needed food to feed our growling tummies. Our first choice, Hickson Road Bistro (which we've been to before and is very reasonably priced for the area and rather delicious) closed too early for us, so we headed to Zia Pina at the Rocks.

The place was actually full at 8:30pm for a Tuesday night - not surprising considering its location, I suppose. After a short wait outside (during which a man suggested we go to the Orient Hotel instead, where he'd just had a $10 lasagna) we were seated in a very small and tightly packed dining area. The food arrived quickly:

Medium (11") meatlovers pizza - plenty of ham, salami, cabanossi and pepperoni on a thin, soft base ($14).

Medium smoked salmon pizza - smoked salmon, capers and onion - a good combination ($14).

Medium Zia Pina special pizza - salami, ham, mushrooms and capsicum. I liked this one best - a good variety and generous serving of toppings ($14).

Caprese salad - described on the menu as "tomato, boccocinni and basil", I still was expecting some lettuce in there... turns out the menu's description is precisely accurate! Quite plain, but a good foil against the pizzas ($12).

People were still venturing in as we polished off the food, although eventually a waiter drew the curtains on the door. We left with tummies heavier and our wallets only $11 lighter each (the meal was a total of $66 including soft drinks). A good alternative to Pancakes on the Rocks for a late night feed in the city.

Zia Pina
93 George Street
The Rocks NSW 2000

(02) 9247 2255

Open 12 midday to 2pm 7 days
Open 6pm to 10pm Mondays to Thursdays
6pm to 11pm Fridays and Saturdays


  1. That looks like great value! I've walked past it often but never gone in. Have you heard the jokes about the name? Like what it sounds like if you say "I want to go to Zia Pinas"? fairly quickly. Every time I see this place I think of that! Eek!

  2. Hey flapflap, I seem to be having a problem leaving comments :( Hopefully this works

  3. I hadn't heard of that joke before! Now I don't think I'll be able to go there keeping a straight face...

    Please let me know if there are any more problems commenting! Sorry about the trouble :(

  4. Oh, hey, I was there!

    Nice centred pictures, flapflap :)

    I'd just like to add that the amount of food ordered was just about right, which is a real compliment considering that we asked the waiter for advice, and so often they tend to over-estimate (unintentionally or not). However, it didn't have any air-conditioning on a sticky hot Sydney night, so the atmosphere was kind of... warm :)

  5. Yes, I was put onto the centred pictures tip from a fellow blogger... :)

    I thought the atmosphere was because of the good company!