North Adelaide wouldn’t be the same without Tony Tomatoes. It’s O’Connell Street address is the go-to for pizza and hearty Italian main courses and moreish small plates, loved for it’s open-plan vibe and, of course, it’s fantastic pizza pies. At times, Tony Tomatoes isn’t afraid to buck the straitjacket of tradition when it comes to what’s on the menu. The pizzas are named irreverently, you can choose from several different bases (including gluten-free, and there’s vegan mozzarella, too), and the lushest four-person-plus banqueting option is called – no nonsense – The Big Feast. Elsewhere, the small and big plates are more traditionally named, but nevertheless packs in a lot of modern culinary creativity. A top informal Italian restaurant in Adelaide!
Let’s take a look at the eclectic menu at a restaurant that should be on any Adelaide foodie’s list of must-haves, whether or not Italian dining is your ‘thing’. Starting with the pizza – the main draw for North Adelaide locals – it’s easy to see that Mr. Tomatoes, Tony to his friends, has a good sense of humour. There’s the cheeky Eat My Breast (herb-poached chicken breast with tomato, spinach, radicchio, mozzarella and basil pesto), the Fun Guy (a quartet of mushrooms with asiago cheese and a pear and walnut salad), the Flying Anchovy (self-explanatory), and the Jenny Craig Special – as the house four-cheese pizza (mozzarella, asiago, gorgonzola and stracchino) it’s anything but! You’re going to need a base for these toppings, and at Tony Tomatoes you can ask for the 72-hour classic, the wholemeal superleggera made from rye, oats and wheatgerm, or opt for the gluten-free variety.
Over on the other side you’ll find Tony Tomatoes’ nicely curated selection of main courses, many of which can be ordered small or big for variable appetites or for sharing. There are plates of Parma prosciutto or house-made porchetta served with pizzetta bread, pork and veal polpette, Italian-style ‘fish and chips’ (i.e. lightly battered and fried squid and zucchini), vegetarian radicchio or asparagus arancini, cannelloni, a handsome pork ribeye or scotch fillet tagliata, a marinated and oven-baked spatchcock, or a lovely riso nero with mixed seafood and chorizo. To really test the waters at Tony Tomatoes, reserve a big section of this top-notch but relaxed North Adelaide restaurant for a banquet (minimum four people) and head down to O’Connell Street for either The Sunday Lunch, A Dinner Gathering, or A Big Feat – this last features many of the dishes we’ve just mentioned, a selection of pizzas, spelt salad, and a fantastic finish courtesy of Mrs Tiramisu and Sir Chocolate Fondant!
Pizzas are massive, filling, fresh and delicious. The Varity of pizzas are amazing. Love flying into Adelaide and catching up with my good mates at this place.
It's been a while since we last ate at Tony Tomatoes but going back found the Staff very helpful and tentative. Our table was in a great spot. The menu had so many good choices we ordered more than 'we could chew'
Had a lovely lunch there with the family. Great food options even if you don't really like pizza there are other good choices. Loved the salads especially but would really like to see roasted potatoes done with rosemary and garlic on the menu as a side dish - that would have really made my day!!
Great atmosphere (although at times really loud). Awesome pizzas and the desserts were divine. Friendly, unpretentious service and well priced. What more do you need?
We came in as a group of eight for Mothers Day dinner. We had a great table by the window with plenty of room for all of us including the little ones high chair. Our waitress was very helpful, particularly with the wine selection. As usual the food was delicious and enjoyed by all. Thanks again Tony Tomatoes! We are hooked on the best pizzas in town.
Love the place, fab simple but delicious food, great staff - Love the housemade porchetta, arancini balls, pizza everything!! Its so convenient for us as we just live close-by. I also love the fact that this place has a wide range of clientele, it is loved by all ages, obviously. The last evening we went to Tony Tomato was quite a chilly evening and when we left I noticed there was an elderly couple being seated outside close to the bocce/petanque sand pit and there was a small throw rug draped on the back of one of their chairs, I wonder whether it was provided by the restaurant, if it was - a nice touch !!
Tony Tomatoes has great pizzas, also the other dishes that were tried were sensational and the staff and service there is a good as you will get, any one who wants a pizza should go to Tony Tomatoes
Friendly and frequent enough service with great food and drinks! Lots of specials written on the wall or glass outdoors so be sure to check them out, too. Would recommend Tony Tomatoes if you've a big group. The restaurant looked full, but staff still remained composed, friendly and on top of orders. Didn't have to wait too long for food to arrive. Price is about right.
It is guaranteed ALWAYS consistantly the best service, always smiling and friendly staff and the food is the best in Adelaide! The next closest thing to going to Italy to have a pizza or pasta. It is like coming "home" when I go there as I am always made to feel valued and welcomed, I just love the atmosphere. Thank you too all the kind staff there and I have been there many times now and I HAVE NEVER ever been disappointed. Thank you again to all the lovely staff that make it a great place to relax and to eat great food!! My favourite is the Proscuitto Pizza!
The best pizza I have had in a very very long time. I love how they put olives on the table as a starter I could eat a whole jar of them. All six of us enjoyed our meals and definitely will make Tony Tomatoes a regular meal stop. Staff were very friendly