Trecento Woodfired Pizzeria and Bar opens in Manuka

Jil Hogan
Alan Gasanov (owner), Salvatore Perna (head pizza chef), Jon Kosteski (owner) and Joel Welch (head chef) at Trecento ...
Alan Gasanov (owner), Salvatore Perna (head pizza chef), Jon Kosteski (owner) and Joel Welch (head chef) at Trecento Woodfired Pizzeria and Bar in Manuka. Photo: Ashley St George

Perfection takes time, and in the case of the perfect pizza, it's taken 300 years.

Opening this Tuesday, Trecento Woodfired Pizzeria and Bar in Manuka is bringing true Neapolitan pizza to Canberra.

The restaurant's part-owner Jon Kosteski was inspired to bring the traditional pizza to his hometown after a trip to Italy years ago, and he went on to travel to Naples to train with the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (AVPN) to become a master pizza maker.

Pizza at the new Trecento Woodfired Pizzeria and Bar in manuka.
Pizza at the new Trecento Woodfired Pizzeria and Bar in manuka.  Photo: Ashley St George

"The pizza is based on a 300-year-old recipe. It's governed by the AVPN who are in Napoli, and pretty much [they have strict guidelines] on everything down to exact ingredients, the equipment you use, the temperature of the oven, the method, the cooking time, all that sort of thing," said Kosteski.

"So it's the most traditional you can get a pizza."

Trecento has not one but two master pizza makers in the kitchen – Kosteski and Salvatore Perna.

The menu includes everything you would expect at an Italian restaurant, and while the pizza is truly authentic, the pasta is a more contemporary style.

"We've just taken traditional dishes and had a play with them, and given them our spin," said Kosteski.

The restaurant has taken over a space in Manuka Terrace, above Coles, which was left empty when Mecca Bah closed in 2015. The restaurant has been given a complete overhaul, with a new configuration, and a modern fit-out with rustic touches.

Open Tue-Sun, for coffee and Italian sweets from 6:30am, lunch from noon and dinner from 6pm.

Trecento Woodfired Pizzeria and Bar, unit 33, Manuka Terrace, Flinders Street, Manuka, trecento.com.au