Pie Bar makes fresh pasta and Neapolitan pizza from scratch in an open kitchen in this restaurant with an airy feel and fab patio.
This is the first pizzeria created by Fab Restaurants, the Italian cousin to Goodman Pub just a hop, skip and a jump away.
The space was designed by Green Tangerine in Oakville, a cool industrial vibe collaging a geometric bar design and walls of light bulbs with mismatched chairs and concrete walls.
A patio directly faces the waterfront, and you're able to enter from your amble along the harbour or from within the terminal.
A 4500-pound dome oven was imported from Italy, after testing electric and gas ovens and finding that the dome was fastest and gave them the most consistent results, turning out pizzas in ninety seconds. Some of the pizzaiolos here are even actually from Naples.
Arancini ($10) are perfectly crispy outside and molten inside, rice balls stuffed with Calabrian chili marinated gouda fried and topped with Reggiano, basil, and a simple but sweet and flavourful tomato sauce.
The Godfather ($16) is a popular option, featuring the San Marzano tomato sauce all red pies are made with, fior de latte, spicy soppressata, Calabrian chili, garlic, and local honey.
It’s meaty and zesty but not overthought, the 00 flour crust perfectly foldable but nicely charred underneath.
Zucca ($16) is a white pie topped with fior de latte, thin slices of clean but earthy butternut squash, melty caramelized onions, double-smoked wild boar bacon, rapini, and rosemary oil.
Spaghetti carbonara ($20) is basic but pricey, though a perfectly poised egg yolk on top and tons of pancetta and Reggiano make this simple fresh pasta dish feel luxurious.
A coconut raspberry gelato ($6.50) supplied by Gelato Factory excellently combines creamy coconut and tart raspberry flavours. Affogato ($7.50) and other flavours like nutella, dulce de leche, mint chocolate, and banana are available.
A syrupy flavour shot can be added for an extra dollar, and though it’s a little gimmicky mango syrup amps up the coconut raspberry gelato with fruity flavour.
All gelato as well as espresso-based coffees and teas are available from the take-out window, where you can pick up almost anything on the menu to go.
White Surf Sangria ($12) freshens up the typical white wine concoction with crisp apple-infused vodka, elderflower, white cranberry juice, sliced grapes, cucumber and lemon.
This airy space is thronged with both area workers and families for lunch and dinners. But it could also be possible to find a quiet solo spot or table for two and while away a little time staring at the water and indulging in some easy Italian.