I was getting quite sick of the $5 fast food chain pizzas, the ones with a few pathetic shreds of ham as a poor excuse for toppings. I almost forgot how good pizza could be, that pizza when done right could also be fine dining. That’s why I had to pay the legendary Non-Solo Pizza a visit in Parnell where pizza is known as a delicacy rather than junk food.
With a cobblestone path paved before a small rustic looking entrance, I didn’t expect an interior with such splendour, making you feel as if you’re on the Mediterranean Coast. Grand, almost formal. Alternatively the outdoor seating is also a good choice when the weather is good, giving you an Italian garden dining experience. The seating arrangements are at comfortable talking distance; after all Non-Solo Pizza is one of those places you can take your significant other out for dinner to have a deep meaningful conversation. Most of the wait staff were polite and knowledgeable. They know their menu well enough to not only recommend you a paired wine but also to explain why; as I cheekily questioned them to see if they really knew a pinot noir from a merlot. Non-Solo Pizza offers a great variety of both local wines and imported Italian wines, one to go with every item on the menu! And if you’re a sucker for a hot chocolate, they do make one of the best I’ve had!
Daunted by choice, it was only natural to go for the Quattro Stagioni - genius - incorporating two slices of each of their four signature pizzas into a single dish for people like me who are crippled by indecision. The biggest difference between $5 pizzas and this is definitely the quality of the ingredients used. The Quattro Stagioni was stacked with produce so fresh I could swear it was picked fresh from their back yard. And we all know how nice well cooked meats taste, full stop. Placed on a thin crispy base, topped with a thin layer of mozzarella, I went to pizza heaven.
Despite their name, Non-Solo Pizza do more than just what is wood fired. Pastas, antipasti, and a range of desserts to boot, NSP do a fine job at delivering on italian classics at a fine dining level. Too bad the pasta didn’t have a “Quattro” option! I had to settle for the “ravioli alla piemontese”, a beef and spinach parcel matching two ingredients I wouldn't think common, but they pulled it off excellently. If you’re sick of your usual stove top quick fire Ravioli washed down with a Tui and want to try new flavours and fresh handmade pasta expertly matched with Italian wine, this is the place you want to check out.
After such great mains, it was hard for anything to live up to my hefty expectations of the desserts. Not surprisingly, I opted for the “degustazione di dolci for two” the platter that showcases their four main desserts. Maybe my expectations let me down, I felt they could've done a bit more. Nevertheless, NSP kept up their presentation - consistently immaculate - but I left regretting I hadn't gone for the Tiramisu.
The portion sizes are on the petite side, so if you’re ever famished and want a big feed, I recommend going to Domino’s instead. But if you want to impress your parents, your significant other or your significant other’s parents, show you pretend to have an appreciation of Italian dining further than Pizza Hut by taking them to Non-Solo Pizza. As far as Italian goes, its the place you want to be.
All Photo Cred to Non-Solo Pizza here