A great new Southside venue - Words by Stacey Carrick
Pizza Loca Cantina is just as the name suggests - a fusion of delicious pizza and a Mexican-style bar with just a hint of craziness.
The newly-opened restaurant is guaranteed to have something for everyone, from mouth-watering woodfired pizzas, to delicious Mexican including tacos, nachos, loaded fries and jalapeno poppers, as well as a wide range of parmigianas.
As well as the traditional Italian classics, some of the most popular pizzas include the Crudo Loco prosciutto, gorgonzola, caramelised onion and rocket; the Tijuana - garlic prawns, mushrooms, onion, rocket and chilli oil; and the El Diablo -Mexican pork, salami, roasted peppers, jalapenos, onion, adobo sauce (spicy chipotle) and chilli oil.
Mexican treats include Nachos El Grande (pulled beef, guacamole, salsa, sour cream and cheese) and Jalapeno Poppers (cream cheese and corn filled jalapenos crumbed and fried with housemade lime salt and garlic aioli).
Sweets featured on the menu include banana and macadamia fried taquitos with a duo of chocolate and butterscotch sauces, housemade ricotta doughnuts with a spiced sugar and chocolate sauce; and chocolate centred sticky date and fig pudding with butterscotch sauce and cream.
Pizza Loca Cantina is proudly operated by chef and co-owner Sean Moynihan, who moved from New Zealand to Australia in 1972 and North Queensland in 1976. He completed his apprenticeship at the Pacific International and has worked at a number of well-renowned restaurants throughout Cairns, Mossman and Port Douglas.
Sean, who is clearly passionate about food, describes the restaurant’s cuisine as “food I like to eat”.
“We’ve combined Italian and Mexican with Australian parmigianas, so we have something for everyone,” he said. “It’s multicultural, wholesome, fresh and good solid tucker.
“Woodfired pizzas are my passion. I love what we’re producing and the team we’ve created love what we do.”
Sean prides himself on sourcing local produce whenever possible - he loves shopping at Rusty’s Markets and Jonsson’s Farm Market. “It’s all about good quality food and keeping it fresh,” he said.
The vibe at Pizza Loca Cantina is funky and fresh, with a down to earth, casual atmosphere.
Feedback has been excellent since opening in early August, with a high percentage of return customers.
“There’s no better feeling than when people love your food,” Sean said.
Specials available during the week include Monday Margarita Madness, Taco Tuesday, Why Not Woodfired Pizza Wednesday and Feed Your Armi with a Parmi Thursday.
All menu items are available dine-in and takeaway. There is also the possibility of Uber Eats in the near future. All tacos are gluten free and pizzas are available gluten free on request.
With a seating capacity of more than 60, staff
are looking forward to catering for your special occasion.
Pizza Loca Cantina
117-125 Toogood Rd
(entrance via Jasper St)
Open from 4pm until late Monday to Saturday.