Dinner Tue-Sun 5.30pm-10.30pm
Rita Macali and Giovanni Patane are the beating heart of Supermaxi, the epitome of local Italian done right. Patane, an ever-smiling ball of energy, works the terrazzo-floored dining room giving equal attention to large family groups and the solo diners at the bar, while Macali sends out finessed home-style Italian food that's as comforting as it is delicious. Pizza is Supermaxi's calling card for good reason. Thin crusts with crunch and chew topped sparingly with first-rate ingredients - perhaps pork sausage with provolone and chilli or tuna, mozzarella, capers and lemon - are among the best in town. But there's good beyond the pizze, like fried olives stuffed with fontina, simply beautiful house-made spaghetti with tomato sugo, classic veal cotoletta with coleslaw or a superb lemon verbena panna cotta. A short, well-priced wine list and fine bread from a secret source are further incentive to put Supermaxi on your dance card.
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