– by Carney Sims
Fresh aroma? Check. Flamboyant atmosphere? Check. I must be at the Roaring 40’s Café embedded in the town of Angaston in the Barossa Valley, South Australia.
Rich in gourmet treats and aesthetic vineyards, the small town plays host to ‘Australia’s Best Pizza Maker’ and gourmet pizzeria. Having won numerous impressive awards, I had to discover if the pizza lived up to its expectations. Hyped to be ‘Australia’s Best Pizza’, the Smokey Pizza, was a must try. The strong aroma of the succulent pork belly, lachsschinken and smoked fetta emanates from the crispy-thin base that arrives in front of me.
The verdict? Divine.
Children receive pencils and paper to keep occupied in between timely servings, gluten free-eaters have a range of pizzas to delve into and tourists looking to ‘be consumed’ in the Barossa Valley are able to wine taste at an outdoor bar. Despite the costly meals, your moneys’ worth is well spent on decently sized portions, served by delightfully friendly staff, with prices ranging from $12 – $38.
Offering an artistic range of pizza toppings, the ‘South Australia’s Gourmet Award Winning’ Damon’s Vindaloo Extreme – topped with yoghurt and baby spinach – is one of the many interesting creations you’ll come across within the endless menu. Potato, avocado and Camembert cheese are not often found on your typical pizza, though the creative combinations do not fail to attract large crowds.
Surrounded by ready-to-buy art in a dimly lit dining room, I am ironically greeted by Parisian themed music in the Italian café, a culturally refreshing sequence.
From the breakfast to desert, the authenticity of the food comes alive as the café is said to use as much local produce as possible, catering for almost everyone.
ADDRESS: 30 Murray Street, Angaston, SA 5353
PHONE: (08) 8564 2901
HOURS: Monday-Sunday, 9am – late