Sunday, 4 January 2015
Occupying the same warehouse space as Bread & Circus in trendy Alexandria, Cipro Pizza al Taglio is the perfect destination for lovers of fine food who can’t rationalise the shame of loving pizza as well. The establishment comes from a fine pedigree, being helmed by Khan Danis and Catherine Adams (formerly of Rockpool). Each slice of their exquisite Italian creations is about the size of an iPhone 6 Plus and will set you back a twelve bucks. Staggering, yes, but it’s totally worth the money.
That said, a love of pizza is an absolute prerequisite for coming here. And, for the purposes of this week’s Cookie Safari, a love of peanut butter.
Cipro Pizza al Taglio’s signature cookie is the Nutter Butters, an American-style delight in which a generous lash of peanut butter cream is sandwiched between two peanut-and-oat cookies. A second version of the cookie is also available – instead of creamed peanut butter, you get a thick wedge of fresh gelato, which essentially makes it an icecream sandwich.
The gelato version of the Nutter Butters is a terrific summer treat. The cookie is light, crumbly, and full of flavour; the texture contrasts nicely with the freezing cold gelato. It’s actually less like biting into a cookie and more like eating a gelato that’s topped with a nice crumble.
The peanut butter cream version of the Nutter Butters is, unexpectedly, nothing like the gelato version. It’s soft, chewy and moist. I think the difference in texture comes from all the moisture in the peanut butter cream. It’s a dense cookie to work through, with a considerably more intense peanut flavour than the gelato version.
It is absolutely divine. If you are the kind of person who has a Pavlovian response to the idea of peanut butter with your French toast, or peanut butter with your bacon and egg roll, then the Nutter Butters will deliver a peanut butter high that you didn’t think possible.
There are, happily, many other perfectly acceptable dessert choices for anyone who doesn’t see the appeal of peanut butter – but you’d be mad not to try this at least once.
Rating out of 10 (where 10 = ermahgerd this is amazeballs; 5 = meh; and 0 = I want my money back):
9.5 – The cookie you need when you need peanuts with your peanuts
Where: Cipro Pizza al Taglio, Shop 9, 21 Fountain Street , Alexandria NSW 2015. It’s at least a 15-minute walk from Redfern Station. There’s local parking, but it’s a little tricky at the best of times. By bus, the 355 will take you right to its doorstep; the 370 stops right around the corner.
How much: $7.50 each
About Kevvie’s Cookie Safari: People have been telling me for years that my wife’s chocolate chip cookies are the best they’ve ever eaten. It didn’t occur to me until now to test the claim. But if you’re interested, she uses a Jacques Torres recipe from the book ‘A Year in Chocolate’.