La Disfida Enoteca Pizza, Haberfield

La Disfida

“But I love a hearty slice of pizza when I’m hungry” I lament.

“Well, why don’t you try asking your friends what they want for dinner instead of thinking about yourself all the time?” Mysaucepan says.

“That’s a load of crap, I always think about my friends” I say, slightly cheesed off by my wife’s convenient generalization of my supposed selfishness.

She gives me a look of resignation and rolls her eyes, ”Sure, whatever!” she replies.

I have heard so much about this restaurant and have been wanting to sink my teeth into one of the pizzas at La Disfida for many years. This is not unlike going out on a hot date with a beautiful girl and I don’t mean sinking my teeth into her either.

If a restaurant is famed for dishing out great pizzas, then the anticipation of good food is like being on a date with a beautiful girl, right?

Dining room, La Disfida, Haberfield

Dining room, La Disfida, Haberfield

The six of us arrive at the restaurant at 8.30 pm on a Saturday night and this joint is in full swing.

The dining room in this inner west terrace is packed and we wait watching locals tuck into a variety of pizzas and pastas while our table is being prepared upstairs.

2002 kalleske Shiraz

2002 Kalleske Shiraz

A waiter leads us upstairs and we are huddled into a cozy table on the fully-enclosed verandah.

It’s a chilly winter evening and we start with bold 2002 Kalleske  Shiraz. Tannins are soft and it has a chocolate and minty flavour. A lingering finish is made all the more elegant with age in this bottle.

Calamari E Zucchine Fritti $19

Calamari E Zucchine Fritti $19

Calamari E Zucchine Fritti is crispy from its deep-fried batter and a twist of lemon juice makes this a mouth-watering entree. 

Special: Pappardelle wild boar ragu $25

Special: Pappardelle wild boar ragu $25

We could not resist one of the evening’s specials ~ pappardelle wild boar ragu sounds like a truly comforting meal at home.

Sprinkled with a little parmesan, this pasta is good although nothing extraordinary.

Pizza Tartufa ~ Mozzarella, prosciutto, wild mushrooms, truffle $26

Pizza Tartufa ~ Mozzarella, prosciutto, wild mushrooms, truffle $26

“Okay folks, we are really here for pizza and not pasta” I declare.

No sooner than the Tartufa of mozzarella, prosciuto, wild mushrooms and truffle  lands on our table is it being torn apart by hungry hands.

“Hello, can I at least take a photo?” I say.

Pizza Tartufa: Mozzarella, prosciutto, wild mushrooms, truffle

Pizza Tartufa: Mozzarella, prosciutto, wild mushrooms, truffle

The crust is very thin and crispy which is how I like my pizzas. Unlike pizzas with a tomato base, this ‘bianca’ is light with a wafer thin slice of prosciutto ham and a drizzle of olive oil and wild mushroom sauce.

Everyone seems to like this first pizza but maybe because we are hungry since it’s 9 o’clock by now.

I like chewing on the prosciutto, savouring its salty goodness while leaving the thin  slice of crispy pizza bread for last. However, I am not quite a fan of pizzas where ingredients are added after the pizza has been taken out of the oven.

Farfalle, cherry tomato and basil $22

Farfalle, cherry tomato and basil $22

A farfalle with cherry tomato and basil is almost like an appetizer as we eagerly wait for our next pizza.

My personal favourite is to pair farfalle with a creamy, bacon and mushroom sauce but this red tomato sauce is fresh and tangy while the pasta is al dente.

2007 Voyager Estate Shiraz

2007 Voyager Estate Shiraz

Voyager Estate is a Margaret River heavyweight from Western Australia.

Our 2007 Voyager Estate Shiraz is opening up with a floral bouquet of dark cherries and spicy pepper.

Pizza Bufala: Tomato, mozzarella di Bufala, extra virgin olive oil, basil $26

Pizza Bufala: Tomato, mozzarella di Bufala, extra virgin olive oil, basil $26

A Bufala of tomato, mozzarella cheese and basil tastes as delicious as it looks.

We are hungry for pizza tonight and there is something about the aromas of cheese, tomato, fresh herbs and bread that make you want to tear into this pizza.

Pizza Bufala ~ Tomato, mozzarella di Bufala, extra virgin olive oil, basil

Pizza Bufala ~ Tomato, mozzarella di Bufala, extra virgin olive oil, basil

On this cold winter evening, our pizzas arrive steaming hot. We can still see the cheese bubbling away slightly.

Finely chopped basil adds a fragrant tinge to the aromas of this bufala.

Pizza Diavola ~ Tomato, mozzarella, olives, hot salame, anchovies, chilli $25

Pizza Diavola ~ Tomato, mozzarella, olives, hot salame, anchovies, chilli $25

Personally, I like the Diavola because the combination of tomato, cheese, salami, olive and anchovies is difficult to beat.

Almond brittle semifreddo $12

Almond brittle semifreddo $12

The desserts are stock standard Italian classics that make you smile after all those slices of pizza.

Tiramisu $10

Tiramisu $10

Macchiato $4

Macchiato $4

The crew at La Disfida, Haberfield

The crew at La Disfida, Haberfield

So dear readers, which is your favourite Italian pizza restaurant in Sydney and do you always agree to where your friends want to go for dinner?

La Disfida Enoteca Pizza
109 Ramsay street, Haberfield
New South Wales

Tel: +61 2 9798 8299

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12 Responses to La Disfida Enoteca Pizza, Haberfield

  1. cquek says:

    Oh my yum! I can totally picture enjoying this out on my back desk with a bottle of wine. Delicious!

  2. That pizza looks so tempting! I’m tempted to make some for lunch today!

  3. Juliana says:

    Wow, everything looks fabulous especially the pizza tartufo…i would love to have a slice of it.
    You guys sure know how to enjoy food.
    Hope you are having a wonderful week :D

  4. Oooh I really wanna visit La Disfida, everything looks great :) Gotta love a pizza night out!

  5. Now you left me with drool!! I love good Italian food and this place looks amazing! I know their pizza is famous but honestly pasta looks great too – not to mention desserts too. I really wish we live in the same city so I can go to all the restaurants after your review, or better if I can go with you guys! ;)

  6. So many pizzas! Freshly made pizzas are just infinitely better :)

  7. Looks like your friends were happy you decided on pizza. The combinations offered there are making me crave pizza at 4:00 a.m!

  8. LOVEEEE italian so much! I really must check this place out and have some of that wild boar ragu. My foodie dream is to try ALL of the italian restaurants in Leichardt and Haberfield!

  9. Hahaha love the lecture you dish out to your friends about photos! I have all my companions (work, friends and family) trained to not touch until I’m done!

  10. black tea says:

    how wonderful! I was so impressed by the fried batter! I like fried food!

  11. milkteaxx says:

    pizza is so good anytime and most of the time can cater for the vegos and sometimes the gluten intolerant too! whats not to love?

  12. Libby says:

    Oh my! I can’t decide whether the pastas or the pizza look better… I especially like the look of the boar pappardelle. Yum!

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