Vacanza Pizzeria, Bronte opened its doors in 2010 and two years later Vacanza in the Hills followed. Both restaurants have been attracting rave reviews from locals and critics for its authentic Southern classic Italian-style pizza. It was voted in the top ten Pizzerias in the SMH Good Food Guide. Vacanza has also featured in The Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide every year since its inception and Time Out Magazine voted Vacanza as number 3 in ‘Sydney’s best Pizzas’ in November 2013.
Vacanza, meaning ‘holiday’ in Italian, is the brain-child of owner Nick Gilbert, a self-confessed pizza fanatic whose passion lead him to Southern Italy, where he spent his time learning the art of traditional pizza-making before returning to Sydney to open Vacanza Pizzeria.
Vacanza’s to-die-for handmade pizzas are of course the restaurant’s crowning glory, including cult favourite ‘Il Pizzaiolo del Presidente Diavola’, a mouth-watering combination of tomato, fior di latte, hot Calabrese salami, fresh chilli and olives. The traditional ‘Brandi Bufalina Margherita’ is Gilbert’s homage to his time spent in Southern Italy and the Il Capitano, a delicious mix of Swiss mushrooms, goats cheese, Italian sausage and truffle oil.
With ingredients sourced from highest quality Italian and Australian produce, the menu also includes a selection of antipasti, pasta and authentic stone baked dishes. Vacanza boasts a well-selected list of affordable Australian and Italian wine and of course imported Italian beers.