The Frankie’s Pizza sign lit up for the first time around 6.15pm last night. I was standing out the front chatting with Toby Hilton when he popped back inside to flick the switch. Inside Anton Forte had the first pizzas in the oven (and guess who got the very first slice.) Yet this red and white checked cavern is not really about the pizza – is it?
The third joint from the taste behind Shady Pines and Baxter Inn – Anton Forte and Jason Scott – has dished up another serve of the new Sydney from a look at the old. While the concept for Frankie’s Pizza is based one of those old pizza joints with a very 50s 60s feel – you know the type (red and white checked cloths, clear plastic cloth covers, customers photos on the walls, complete with plastic ivy) – their new bar is really about the beer. Easy to see if you look at the taps, the menu and the four ex Taphouse staff including Andrew Walters that are now working at Frankie’s Pizza.
Opening night taps at the front pizzeria were MARIN Point Reyes Porter, YOUNG HENRY’S ‘Ginger in the Rye’, RED DUCK Pale Ale, MOYLANS Tipperary Pale Ale, BOAGS Draught and (my choice) MIKKELLER cascade single hop IPA, and there’s an extra three taps through the swing doors at the larger more dimly lit bar out the back. That’s also where you’ll find the pinball machines.
The Beer Monster, Jordan McDonald says the “taps will rotate every two or three days” and “each month there will be an entirely new bottled selection” just to keep things interesting. First night saw an extensive bottled offering of about 50 including MOYLANS ‘Old Blarney’ USA, BREWDOG ‘Alice Porter’ Scotland, MIKKELLER ‘Red White Xmas’ Copenhagen, CANTILLON ‘Gueuze’ Belgium, CROUCHER ‘Pale Ale’ Rotorua NZ, NOGNE O ‘India Saison’ Norway, TROIS MONTS ‘Farmhouse Ale’ France, RED DUCK ‘Queen Bee’ Ballarat Victoria. Get it: there’s four pages of beers listed versus one page of wine. And Anton reminds me just one cocktail.
To keep it authentic there’s a little bit of Leichardt here too as Riva (Daniel) hops in from Bar Italia.
Oh and by the way Frankie’s Pizza is a late opener (until late like 4am.)
50 Hunter Street Sydney Australia