It seems everywhere you look in Sydney there is another hip pizzeria opening up. Hugo's Bar Pizza was one of the first, with entrepreneur business partners and brothers Peter and David Evans noticing the gap in Sydney's dining scene, well before most, and filling it admirably with a funky bar/pizzeria catering to Sydney's young socialites. Situated below the Hugo's Lounge, one of Kings Cross's hottest nightspots, Hugo's Bar Pizza combines funky nightspot with easy-to-handle sustenance.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
The menu focuses on the best seasonal produce and real, home-style Italian cooking. You won't find tandoori chicken pizzas here, instead devour a traditional Margherita (made with real Italian buffalo milk mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and basil), or opt for the puttanesca (topped with tomato, chilli, olives, capers, anchovies and parsley). If you aren't in the mood for a pizza, there are plenty of alternatives; start with blue swimmer crab frittata, or sample the tasting plate for two, featuring carpaccio, Italian meatballs, fried calamari and a delicious fig salad. Traditional mains such as spaghetti with meatballs and chicken parmigiana are bound to please. The bar is well stocked, with plenty by the glass, and a selection of Italian and reserve wines on offer.
HUGOS BAR PIZZA – THE PRIVATE DINING ROOM
The Private Dining Room which recently opened its doors, is a seamless extension of Hugos Bar Pizza and provides an intimate dining experience with the decor reflecting the classic glam Hugos style with dark timber wall panelling, vintage leather banquettes, brass table bases and a by-fold window concertina, which opens onto the vibrant streetscape of Bayswater Road. There are facilities for audio-visual and a DJ, while a plush sweeping curtain gives immediate privacy for an intimate dining experience for around 40 guests.
Hugos Bar Pizza has forged a reputation for serving multi-award winning pizzas, and now Pete Evans and Executive Chef Massimo Mele are now embarking on a new direction for their regional cuisine with a contemporary take on classic Italian ‘street food'. The unpretentious and wholesome food is peppered throughout the A la carte menu in the form of bar food, canapés and shared platters.
"Italy is made up of many regions with very distinct characteristics. Every town, every village, has its proudest specialty. These cooking traditions define people's identities just as much as their dialects and traditional costumes. Hugos bring some of these amazing dishes to Sydney for customers to enjoy the way the Italians do!" enthuses Mele of the Italian street food offering.