I’ve been a fan of @fernandospizzasg ever since I tried their pies a while back, and I was elated to discover that they’re on #burpplebeyond. They’ve got 1-for-1 on hero sandwiches, baked dishes like lasagna, and of course, 1-for-1 half pizzas. For the first half, I chose a cheese base pizza, the Sausage Fest ($14 nett for half, I believe), and for the second half, I chose Fernando’s signature tomato based pizza, the Fernando’s Special ($15 for half).⠀

The same charmingly chewy and light thin crust was the foundation upon which both ‘zas were built on, and the toppings did justice to the prime pizza crust. The Sausage Fest seems pretty standard at first with spicy sausage, cherry tomatoes and a stretchy blanket of mozzarella, but then broccoli crashes the party. As a broccoli buff, I thought the vegetal, roasted flavour of the broccoli was a nice twist and added an extra bit of variety to the mildly spicy, supremely savoury & enjoyably herby (courtesy of the oregano) Sausage Fest.⠀

The Fernando’s Special was truly special. The tastefully tangy tomato marinara base held the roasted fennel sausage, roasted red peppers, onions and olives. Just like the Sausage Fest, Fernando threw another curveball by sneaking in cauliflower. Unlike the broccoli however, I am not a cauliflower fan, but I still enjoyed the texture of the roasted cauliflower alongside the sweet roasted red peppers and onions. I’m obsessed with olives, and I loved the inclusion of olives that gave the pizza bursts of stunning savouriness & richness. ⠀

As counterintuitive as it sounds, the Special is best enjoyed slightly cooled off, so as to ensure that all the toppings don’t slide right off. The Sausage Fest, on the other hand, demands that you dive right in.

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