Lost in a Forest Wood Oven Pizza Place and Wine Lounge, Uraidla
If you are looking for warmth, fresh, wood-oven baked pizza and a relaxed atmosphere, take a little drive up Greenhill Rd to the newly opened Lost in a Forest Wood Oven Pizza Place and Wine Lounge in the quiet town of Uraidla. Lost in a Forest is a collaboration between Taras Ochota and his wife Amber, business partner, designer and venue owner, Charlie Lawrence and Chef Nick Filsell. It’s a collaboration that works very well.
Before you even set foot in the door of this former old church with its wrought iron gates and wine barrel lined driveway, you are drawn to the fire pit and a lovely open area where guests can be found milling around, wine glass in hand on sunny afternoons. Newly planted herbs and vegetables in barrels start to tell the story of how the food is sourced here.
Both visits were on typically wintry Adelaide Hills evenings. Outside it was drizzly and cold, but inside, a combustion fire made for a very toasty environment. The interior is simple, from the secondhand lounge chairs set by the fire to the recycled tables sourced from old doors. There is such a charm about the old former church featuring beautiful cathedral ceilings and stained glass windows mixed with fun, vibrant colours and old bottle light fittings. Don’t expect to find cutlery or plates here – this is a place to enjoy the company of family and friends with good food and wine.
Currently, the menu is simple, but expanding. Fresh locavore ingredients and the skill and care of the chef are evident in the pizzas. There are nine pizzas to choose from ranging from a standard margherita pizza to the prawnstar pizza with spicy sriracha sauce and even a bahn mi pizza. The wood-fired oven baked pizzas are sensational. The pizza base is thin and crispy but with enough depth, a little chew and nicely oiled with a flavour that can only be achieved from time spent in a wood-fired pizza oven. The bases are not huge and overloaded with toppings, but surprisingly filling and extremely flavoursome.
Although there are only three house wines by the glass, there is a lot of confidence placed in them and rightly so. The house red, directly from Ochota wines, without sulphites was delicious. Our English friend was thrilled to discover a delicious mulled wine on the list! There is an otherwise extensive wine list and house-made flavoured soda drinks.
The dessert menu currently features one fig and blue cheese pizza and gelati. A variety of Gelatissimo gelati flavours are on offer all served in generously sized cups.
The service is geninuely friendly: there is no hurry about the place, no pretension but service is attentive and our pizzas arrived without a long wait. There is an upstairs mezzanine for larger groups of visitors. You will find groups of all ages enjoying their time here, including children who are welcome. There were even some children’s books underneath one of the coffee tables.
This is the kind of place where people can sit, linger and savour the delicious pizza and wine in rustic, ambient surroundings.
For bookings, call: 08 8390 3444, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or book online.
For more information and all bookings, please visit the Lost In A Forest website
What: Lost in a Forest Wood Oven Wine Lounge
When: Friday 12pm to 10:30pm | Saturday 12pm – 10:30pm | Sunday 12pm – 8:30pm
Where: 1203 Greenhill Rd | Uraidla
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