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Pizza Gio Vending Machine


Pizza and vending machine are not two things that I would normally associate together. When I first saw this machine at Westfields Parramatta I knew I had to try it out so came back that night to grab a pizza for dinner. The machine is bigger than your normal drink type vending machine about the size of two of them side by side. Considering there are pizzas cooking inside there is no smell coming out of the machine.  Its super simple to order just choose between margarita or salami pay $12 and then three minutes later your pizza comes out the slot in a box ready to go.

So how does it taste? Really good! Its tastes like something made fresh from a pizzeria the dough is thin and crisp with a nice crust and toppings that are full of flavor.  Its says the pizza is sliced but the one I had was not this was no issue for me because I took the pizza home so I was able to cut it but if you planed eating the pizza on the spot it might be a problem.

At $12 for a plate sized pizza its not cheap you could get a pizza for half that in the food court below but considering the taste I think its well worth it. I will be back for more!


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The pizza


Italian, Pizza

Rosso Pomadoro


Sorry for the lack of updates lately. At the moment i am in New York visiting family, so there will be a USA post coming in the next two weeks. This post however is about one of my visits to Roso Pomodoro in Balmain. It’s a bit out of the way if you are used to eating out in the city, but it is well worth the trip over to Balmain. There is one pizza on their menu that i didn’t get a chance to get a photo of. Nutella calzone!


Garlic pizza crust $9.50 – Fresh garlic on a pizza base, even with the pungent garlic you can still taste the soft slightly chewy dough.

Funghi Pizza – Tomato, Italina Mozzarella and field mushrooms $19 – Mushrooms, mushrooms, mushrooms. The mushrooms were slide really thing allowing them to cook through and absorb all the oils from the cheese.

Prosciutto Pizza – Tomato, Italian Mozzarella and Prosciutto $22 – Just a really simple pizza with prosciutto.

Capricciosa Pizza – Artichoke, olive, pancetta and mushroom $20 – I would almost call this a supreme pizza, it had almost everything on it. There are only a few olives scatter on this pizza, so if your dinner crowd likes olives be prepared to fight for your share of the olives.

Della Casa – Spinach Parmesan, Italian Salami and hot salami, Italian Mozzarella  $24 – At first i was hesitant about this pizza, i thought the spinach would be wilted but as you can see in the photo above, they put the spinach on after the cook it. Yeah, i know, you probably think I’m not all that bright. Of course thats how you would make a spinach pizza. The pizza was a refreshing break from all that mozzarella cheese.


Prawn pizza –  Prawns, garlic and grape tomatos $26 –  Unfortunately this pizza is not available on the regular menu, you have to get lucky to find it on the specials menu. This pizza is white pizza, no tomato base, it works well with the garlic and the prawns. The grape tomatoes add just enough acidity to cut the fattiness of the cheese.

Rosso Pomodoro

91/24 Buchanan Street  Balmain NSW 2041, Australia

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Lebanese, Pizza

Elzein Bakery – Arncliffe


Elzein is a bakery that specialises in Lebanese style pizzas. They are a little different from what most are used to, as they have no tomato sauce as a base flavor. The name pizza is probably only been adopted because they most resemble pizza more then any other food and have a similar cooking method.

They come in a few flavors, plain cheese, cheese tomato, cheese tomato and olive, meat, oregano,   and oregano with cheese. There are two types of cheese that are used whenever a pizza with come with cheese.

They are a great light meal only costing a few dolars each. Two types of cheese are used, I’m not sure which two as i have not been able to figure it out. The pizzas are slightly salting in a pleasing way as the tomato custs through the saltyness with a slight sweatness. The oregano pizzas are quintessential Lebanese, when I was last in Lebanon I ate one almost every day for breakfast. Its just the zartar herb with oil cooked on the thin base very simple but tasty.

The shop itself is quite small and there are a few tables to sit at outside, however most of there business is takeaway trade. In the 5  minutes that i was waiting for my pizzas, i saw 3 families pick up 10 pizzas for their Sunday afternoon lunch. Watching the pizzas coming out of the oven really gets your appetite going, the golden brown pizzas look delicious and the smell of them cooling on the work bench makes you want to order a couple more for left overs the next day.

Traditionally the oregano pizzas are folded over to resemble a wrap, some fillings are added olive and tomato and you have a good quick snack.


1 meat and cheese, 3 cheese and tomato, 1 plain cheese and right up the back is an oregano pizza


Manush – Oregano with olives and tomato. This is usually folded over and eaten like a wrap

Those 3 cheese and tomato pizzas are all mine


Mini meat pizzas cooling on the work bench.


Plain oregano pizza (Zataar)

Spinach parcels


Cheese tomoato pizzza, sitting on the bonnet of my car, about to be eaten

Front window of Elzein bakery


Elzein Bakery
(02) 9556 3136
1 Firth St – Arncliffe, 2205

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