Pan & Vine is the name of the new pizza bar to hit King William Street in Kent Town, run by two brothers, Luke and Anthony Savas, who’ve been stretching dough for more than a decade. With its flexibility as a lunch, dinner, coffee or after-work drinks destination, it’s only a matter of time before everyone knows their name.
Before you yell at us for giving you yet another pizza destination, what’s surprising is Pan & Vine’s refreshing veer away from wood-oven pizza. Instead, they’ve opted for a gas-powered rotating stone oven, which is a great change for those of us who’ve bounced around from one (or twenty) wood-oven pizza joint(s) to another.
Aside from your classic pizza toppings, also on the menu are a few options for the adventurous, including the Verde topped with broccolini, rabe, spinach, mozzarella and olive oil.
If you’re steering clear of pizza, you can choose between gnocchi with fresh tomato, fettucine pasta with broccolini and mushroom, calzone, salads and sides. Don’t worry, all dietary requirements are catered for from gluten free pizza bases to vegan cheese.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, desserts include a rocky road calzone stuffed with marshmallows, cherries, macadamia nuts and ice cream, or the Portuguese tart made with puff pastry, custard, ice-cream and honeycomb – are you drooling yet?
The drinks menu offers negroni-style cocktails and classic wines from the Barossa and McLaren Vale. If that’s not enough, they also serve one decent cuppa – not only have their baristas received quality training, but they also utilise speciality coffee beans from our favourite local roasters, 1645.
We can’t end this review without talking about the fit-out. A neon green sign with the Pan & Vine logo catches the eye as you walk in, complemented by a fresh aesthetic thanks to potted plants and sleek black stools. But it’s the green-tiled and ironbark bar wrapped around the kitchen which really casts attention – the best seat in the house to chat with the friendly staff or to add any last-minute toppings (hello extra olives).