Super Pizza Italian Restaurant/Kuo Fu Palace – Burwood, NSW

Don't you want me, baby?

Don’t you want me, baby?

You were once a pizza restaurant and a cocktail bar…

Don't you want me? AAAOOOOWWWW

Don’t you want me? AAAOOOOWWWW

…now you’re Kuo Fu.

Yes, you know you’re looking into the past when you’re dealing with cocktail bars, lurid green lettering and a perceived difference between a booking and an advance reservation. What is it about those old signs that were built to last so long? Do you think that 40 years from now someone will be writing about that charging station in Burwood that used to be Kuo Fu?

There’s no telling just how old the Super Pizza restaurant is, but judging by the font and presentation it’d have to have started in the early 80s, if not late 70s – perhaps named off the back of 1978’s hit film Superman. If we go back to the 1920s, 232 Burwood Road was home to Mellor Bros Electrical and Radio Supplies.

Evening News, Mar 17 1923.

Evening News, Mar 17 1923.

It probably took up the whole building. Today, aside from being the home of Burwood’s funniest spoonerism, the upstairs section that was once the scene of so many smoky Saturday nights at the cocktail bar set to the then-ubiquitous warble of the Bee Gees is now…a mortgage broker.

The least they could have done was call it Super Picadilly.

The least they could have done was call it Super Picadilly.

It may be extremely subtle, but at least their signage doesn’t force you to crane your neck. I’d like to think they still offer ‘super fast home delivery to your door’.

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2 responses

  1. Burwood Super Pizza, was there when I was 20, that’s in 1985, owned by the Bertone family, son John is on facebook. I remember their pizza maker was Indian and his name was Mangid. I was there a lot with a friend of mine.

  2. I use to work at Super Pizza as a delivery driver. Alex Bertone was a great boss and one of the jobs I really enjoyed

    Looking at Google street view, the area has changed dramatically since the late 80’s.

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