A century-old Lyttelton fishing boat is the centre-piece bar for a pizza joint that’s authentic to the core. Arbour Woodfired Pizza and Bar is rustic simplicity and intense perfection in the same bite.
Megan Hancox-Hammer and arbourist husband, Ra, dreamed of woodfired pizza set amongst native timbers, using local produce in Italian-esque tradition.
It’s now a community hangout with a menu conjured by two seasoned pizza maestros, who are given free reign.
Originally a pop-up pizza truck, it now permanently fills a gap in Lyttelton. Megan and Ra’s brother Mario run the business under its transparent roof, with indoor plants, a picturesque courtyard, and timber fit-out by Troy of Aridium Design. Since December’s opening, diners from both sides of the tunnel have experienced pizza as they’ve unlikely tasted before.
The New-Zealand-made wood-fired oven is fired by logs from Ra’s arborist business, The Tree People.
Sustainability is imperative, and the business even recycles used oil for Ra’s chainsaws.
As a lockdown project, he began raising pigs for the tasty pancetta, and curing their own meat.
Megan eats plant based and shares her passion delectably in the menu choices.
Supporting locals from farmers market produce to wines from across the harbour, many surprising stories lie behind the details, from a family who keep enhancing their epicurean adventure.
This day and age everything is posted online; clothing hauls, makeup looks, new pets and partners… even hospitality hotspots. So we’ve put together some of Christchurch’s most #instagramworthy eats.
Oh my milkshake! Singer Kelis was aware that ‘her milkshakes bought all of the boys to the yard’. Base Woodfired Pizza are doing exactly that at Little High Eatery. Overflowing with whipped cream, donuts, brownies and multiple scoops of ice cream; get your camera ready before
Totally Tubular: Uber Eats has nothing on C1 Espresso’s delivery speed – 140km/h to be exact. Your food flies through the air in pneumatic tubes and arrives straight to your table. Food delivery by waiter will seem too boring after sliders and fries arriving
Beauty in a bowl: If you’re looking for a healthy option that is good for the ‘gram and your body, Park Ranger is the place to stop for your next meal. Specifically, their amazing açai bowls could almost be considered art in a coconut bowl. Delicious in both form and function!
On a roll: Calling everyone with a sweet tooth, we have the desert for you. The Gerry Brownie from Rollickin Gelato is great to share online or with another person instore. Not to mention New Regent Street makes for an awesome backdrop.
When it comes to flavour, check out the Antipasto range from Barker’s of Geraldine. It’s the ultimate addition to your favourite pizza; either spread on the base or dolloped over the cooked pizza for an extra flavour boost. For something different, try this blanc pizza recipe created with their Artichoke Antipasto. It makes an easy vegetarian family lunch, main or side.
250g pizza dough (or 1 x 26-28cm pre-prepared base)
2 small/medium waxy potatoes
4 tbsp Barker’s Artichoke Antipasto
1-2 cloves of garlic, very finely sliced
100g mozzarella cheese, grated
1 tbsp pine nuts
1 tbsp fresh oregano leaves or 1/2 tsp dried oregano
Extra virgin olive oil to drizzle
15g/1 cup rocket leaves
Fresh Parmesan cheese
If you have one, put a pizza stone on a rack at the centre of the oven, otherwise cook the pizza on a metal baking sheet.
Pre-heat oven to 240°C (or as hot as possible).
Bring potatoes to the boil in a small saucepan of water and drain immediately. Slice very thinly.
If using fresh dough, stretch and
roll out dough to a 26-28cm
circle on a floured board.
Spread base with half of the Artichoke Antipasto. Arrange potato slices over base then top with the garlic. Scatter over mozzarella, pine nuts and oregano.
Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and bake until crisp and bubbling (about 8-10 minutes).
Meanwhile, toss remaining Artichoke Antipasto with rocket leaves and some parmesan shavings and scatter over pizza to serve
Many try but few succeed to reach the holy grail of hospitality – longstanding popularity. Rogues of Rotherham has achieved just that: finding a place in the hearts of locals, it is also a destination for visitors; it is a mecca for those who love food, fine wines, and cocktails, but is as appropriate for families as it is for corporate functions. Rogues of Rotherham is a true classic.
Open all week from 8:30am to late, you can head in for breakfast, brunch, snacks, lunch and dinner, and there is a gluten-free menu for each.
The selections for any time of the day are as extensive as they are delicious, and be warned – you will struggle to choose.
For example, at breakfast you could be served the definitive Eggs Benedict, the always-welcome-but-some mornings-more-than-others Bacon Buttie with Rogues’ own recipe sauce, or the set-you-up-for-the-whole-day Balsamic Beef Cheek.
Lunch and dinner menus feature a full range of pizzas, pastas and risottos along with casual dining fare, so bringing the whole family is always a good idea.
A meander through the all-embracing wine list takes you on a trip around the world – France, Italy, Australia, and California all feature alongside Canterbury, Hawkes Bay, Central Otago, Marlborough, Nelson, and Martinborough.
Functions are always fabulous in Sneaky’s speakeasy-style bar behind the mysterious white door.
There are food and wine specials all week: Locals Shout, Pizza Takeover, Cocktail Heaven, Sangria Fridays and Bloody Mary weekends.
In August 1978, ‘You’re the one that I want’ with Olivia Newton John and John Travolta was at the top of the charts, Rob Muldoon was our Prime Minister and we won five gold medals at the Commonwealth Games. It was also the year that we were blessed with the opening of Spagalimis Pizza – an iconic heritage brand in pizza in the Garden City.
Since 1978, Spagalimis has been bringing us pizzas to delight our taste buds, like the New Yorker, featuring authentic pepperoni with special sauce and cheese or the Cappricciosa, with mushrooms, fresh sliced tomatoes, capsicum and black olives.
Constantly providing quality pizzas that have had families, couples, work mates returning time and time again to sample from a range of vegetarian, beef, pork, seafood, lamb and chicken pizza.
Now situated on the heritage site of Ironside House on the corner of Salisbury and Montreal Streets built in 1899, there’s just nothing like having a classic pizza in such a nostalgic environment. Perhaps you want to sit outside with the al fresco dining and admire the Jubilee Clock, enjoy a beverage or two from the comprehensive wine list, or a cocktail or two with mates in the bar area.
With parking just off Montreal to make it easy for family groups, there’s plenty of great reasons to try the classic flavours of Spagalimis pizza in the Garden City today.
Two Fat Possums is the perfect place to stop on your return leg from the ski fields of Mt Hutt. Since inception last year, it has gained a large following with locals. Anyone in West Melton after a quiet drink, dine or to hang out and soak up the friendly atmosphere should look no further.
With its bar, restaurant and function areas, and friendly staff on hand, the atmosphere is second to none. Tasteful decor of wooden tables and leather/fabric chairs and a few big screen TVs to watch the rugby and racing.
The new winter menu consists of plenty of amazing starters and mains. This includes starters like Crispy Chicken Wings and delectable mains like the Pork Belly or steaks that are cooked to perfection. The biggest highlight is its wood fired oven pizzas, with a range of toppings to suit even the most devoted pizza fan.
A comprehensive range of desserts and drinks are also on offer, such as quality on-tap beer, cocktails and wine. Plus, the addition of specials every day will keep you coming back again and again.
Keen? Head to the West Melton Village on Weedons Ross Road, West Melton. For more information visit twofatpossums.co.nz or phone 03-421 6481.