When the sun goes down and the oven fires up, Sunny’s is where you want to be.
This is a bar that serves pizza. It’s also a laneway window to perch at and share a rosé with colleagues after work; a booth where friends can grab a bite before heading out; and a dance floor where you can boogie until the wee hours to trashy ’80s pop you’d never normally hear in public.
It’s the combined work of a ragtag team of hospo devotees Andy Nowell, Josh Dolman, Rob Denisoff and Ashley Wilson. With designers StudioGram they created a diner that excels in delivering what so many venues overlook – fun. It’s often rowdy and unashamedly kitsch. Check out the “porcelain canvases” on which Adelaide artist Gerry Wedd has hand-painted portraits of the owners’ dogs.
The pizza is crispy and fluffy with toppings full of flavour, such as eggplant parmigana, San Marzano tomatoes, confit garlic and basil. And ham, pineapple and green-chilli verde. There’s also an aptly described selection of “Not Pizza” accompaniments.
The wine list is brief and considered and everything is available by the glass. Three beers pour on tap (in the past it has been Stone & Wood Larger, Pirate Life Throwback IPA and Hawkers Pale) with plenty more cold tins in the fridge.
A recipe from Sunny's Pizza is featured in The Broadsheet Italian Cookbook. Buy your copy at shop.broadsheet.com.au.