The Pizzateca Crew Is Opening A Neapolitan Pizzeria In The CBD

In keeping with Madre’s Naples roots, the pizza will be made with seawater imported from Italy.

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We’re all familiar with popular wine tour destination Pizzateca, famous for its tasty Oztalia pizzas, McLaren Vale backdrop, and extremely Instagrammable wall. The crew, consisting of Tony and Vito Mitolo, Tim Anderson, and Ettore Bertonati, has now introduced Madre, a traditional Neapolitan pizzeria opening soon in Adelaide’s CBD.

“It’s very different to Pizzateca,” says Naples-born head chef Ettore Bertonati.

Indeed, Madre is different to most pizzerias in SA, if not the world. In keeping with its Naples roots, the pizza will be made with seawater imported from Italy, just as it was made in Naples before World War One.”

“We want to make pizza the way they did back then,” continues Bertonati. “The flour we’re using is also from Italy, and our wood oven is from Naples, designed especially for Neapolitan pizza.” 

Photo Credit: Ettore Bertonati

The Gilbert St venue, previously home to Feliciano, has retained its well-known brick exterior, however the interior has been transformed with a pink, marble floor and a raised, deep blue kitchen. 

“The seats generally look towards the kitchen,” says Bertonati. “Guests will able to watch as their food is prepared.”

Madre also pays homage to its namesake, with a statue of the Virgin Mary in prime position.

So, what else is on the menu?

“We’re serving pizza montanara (deep-fried pizza), which is a much-loved street food in Naples,” says Bertonati. “There will also be a pasta dish that changes monthly. At this stage, the first flavour will be potato with smoked cheese.”

Salivating? Us too. 

Set to open next month, you can find Madre at 57 Gilbert Street, Adelaide 5000.

Stay tuned for details. 

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