Review: Double Zero (Gold Coast, QLD)

2/2715 Gold Coast Highway
Broadbeach QLD 4218
+61 7 5526 8635
http://www.doublezeropizza.com.au/

When gym bros and bunnies decide to carb-load, they really mean it. A bowl of pasta wouldn’t cut it and a burger paired with lots of fries just won’t do. Nope, you gotta have fried bread, pizza, pasta and more importantly, beer. Will and I managed to combine all of that with gossip, laughter and Hulk impressions at Double Zero one Tuesday evening immediately after a weights session at the gym.

Gold Coast may have more crappy pizza joints than good ones but it’s slowly getting there. Justin Lane in Burleigh Heads kicked it off and now we have places like Gemelli and Double Zero, both in Broadbeach, to keep pizza lovers happy. We settled on Double Zero that evening, vowing to hit up Gemelli the next time we felt like pizza.

Antipasto platter: prosciutto di parma, sopressa salami, Sicilian olives, semi-dried tomatoes, Italian cheese, fried grissini ($21)
Antipasto platter: prosciutto di parma, sopressa salami, Sicilian olives, semi-dried tomatoes, Italian cheese, fried grissini ($21)

It may have been pissing down rain that evening but that didn’t stop us from grabbing a seat outside – we like to people-watch, you see. After ordering some Italian beers to start, we dived straight into the antipasto platter. The board contained all the usual suspects, all of which were top quality, but my favourite bit was the fried grissini even though they were more like deep-fried dough puffs than bread sticks.

Piccante pizza: San Marzano tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto di parma, parmesan, rocket ($21)
Piccante pizza: San Marzano tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto di parma, parmesan, rocket ($21)

Double Zero’s pizzas are all Neapolitan-style, meaning that they’re cooked for 90 seconds in a hot wood-fired oven. As a result, they’re soft and light with a crispy crust. The menu also states that the dough ‘will not make you feel stuffed’ – I disagree because I find that anything with wheat will make my stomach go funny but at least this pizza didn’t make me feel AS bloated as pizzas from franchises.

Moreover, the topping was simple, yet beautifully balanced and full of flavour. Hell, the whole thing could just contain tomato and cheese and it’d still be tasty, hence the importance of top quality ingredients.

Pasta of the day: fettuccini puttanesca ($21)
Pasta of the day: fettuccini puttanesca ($21)

Will ordered the puttanesca, one of the day’s specials. It was a staple dish done very well – the pasta was silky smooth and slightly firm to the bite, while the sauce was a lovely mix of tomato, capers and olives with the slightest hint of anchovy. Will smashed it in one go.

Spaghetti carbonara ($23)
Spaghetti carbonara ($23)

Unfortunately, I couldn’t say the same about my carbonara. I’m not normally one to order dishes that I can easily make at home but I had been craving carbonara all day and nothing was going to change my mind.

The serving size was generous enough but the sauce did not agree with me. Sure, it was legit as it came – guanciale, eggs and pecorino were the main ingredients and sure, there was no cream. In other words, it was a real carbonara. The whole thing, however, just tasted off – the guanciale had a nasty pungent smell (as in, more so than usual), there was way too much dish and I could taste a burnt anchovy-like aftertaste with each bite. That’ll teach me to order something that I shouldn’t have.

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All the carbs.

We were probably a bit too ambitious with our ordering; I ended up taking two slices of pizza and pretty much three-quarters of the carbonara home, both of which I ended up eating for lunch the following day (yes, I still ate it because it was a preferable option to tuna and crackers). Apart from the carbonara, we had a lovely bulk fest at Double Zero and I’m planning to return to smash down more of their pizzas.

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I eat too much.

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