Ria Pizza & Wine in Potts Point is closing
Potts Point pizza spin-off from Bentley Restaurant & Bar and Monopoly owners, Ria Pizza & Wine, has served its latest margherita.
The innovative pizzeria brought some of its operators’ gourmet pizzazz – toppings included octopus and ‘nduja and prawns, salt and XO chili – but its time expired on the Macleay Street strip.
“The lease has expired,” confirms co-owner Brent Savage. “We return it to the owner.”
Ria was parachuted into the site in August 2020 to replace the Monopole wine bar, which Savage and partner Nick Hildebrandt moved to the city. Reviews were good in Ria, but opening a new Australian pizzeria during the pandemic proved difficult.
It turned into takeout, but as the closures started to thaw and staff across the group (which also operates the upmarket Cirrus restaurant in Barangaroo) became an issue, Savage admits that with the impending end of lease, “Ria has become a lower priority for us”.
His relaunch was delayed and delayed. It was time to move on.
But there’s still hope for fans of its slow-fermented sourdough base, thick crust, and Ria’s pizza slice “merch” keychain.
“It is possible that we will [Ria] somewhere else in a bigger space,” Savage says.
So what next for the main Macleay Street site? Savage declined to comment, but last week’s talk from other hospo professionals on the restaurant street is that the team at Bistro Rex, a modern French spot in Potts Point, took it and the pizza will be on the menu again.