Maurice Terzini’s food empire extends from the iconic Icebergs to the impressive new Da Maria in Bali and, of course, to local favourite Da Orazio Pizza + Porchetta.
In a bustling laneway down the stairs from Hall Street, the restaurant is very Bondi, with polished concrete, pink lighting and thumping music. Dressed in white uniforms, the bronzed Italian waiters are fun and friendly, and squeeze between tightly packed tables to deliver meals.
The food is accessible and easy, with seafood and salamis on offer as antipasti. Pizzas are traditional and authentic with a fluffy crust, and include selections such as the rustica, which comes with smoked mozzarella, roasted potatoes and sausage. The porchetta is the house speciality, and the juicy roll of pork comes fresh from the oven, loaded with herbs and spices. While the regular menu keeps things constant for the committed locals, the specials – written in black marker and taped to the concrete pillars – are well worth a look.
PSST! If you like the uniforms of the waiters, you can purchase them, with all items coming from Terzini’s own Ten Pieces fashion label.