60 Fitzroy Street
St Kilda VIC 3182
+61 3 9537 3465
Disclaimer: Libby dined as a guest of Pizza e Birra, The Melbourne Pizza Festival and Keep Left PR.
Pizzas two nights in a row? Yeah, why not. After all, it was all for a good cause: Matteo Rubbettino’s Melbourne Pizza Festival where Melbourne’s top pizza restaurants compete for the coveted crown of Melbourne’s best pizzeria.
My second pizzeria visit happened at St Kilda’s Pizza e Birra, a more sedate affair. At 6pm on busy Fitzroy Street, the restaurant was surprisingly pretty quiet compared to the buzzing Bay 101 from the previous night. But given the icy weather, I don’t blame everyone else preferring to stay home to watch Masterchef (hell, my own friends certainly did).
I loved the intimately dim atmosphere of Pizza e Birra, amplified by the cheery and efficient service. And while I’ve never been to Italy before, I can imagine that this is what dining in a late-night pizzeria would feel like.
Being a huge fan of lasagne, I ordered the lasagne pizza. For some reason, I thought the pizza would look like something from the pages of thisiswhyyourefat.com. To my surprise, there were no lasagne sheets and no mince. Instead, I got a generously sized thin base topped with tomato, mozzarella, ham, creamed ricotta, basil and parmesan. Who would have thought that creamed ricotta tastes just as good as traditional Béchamel sauce? I didn’t.
Accompanying the pizza was a glass of Trebbiano, which went down a treat. And as the restaurant started to slowly fill up, so did my resolve to visit Rome and gorge on sexy pizzas one day. I was unable to finish my pizza but lunch was an equally delicious affair the following day.
Overall, I was pleased with my meal at Pizza e Birra. While it looks like a place for a long leisurely dinner, the staff knew that I needed to rush back home to get work done so I was in and out within the half hour. The service and the amazing pizza was definitely enough for me to return, this time for a longer dinner.
And so this concludes my Melbourne Pizza Festival posts. The festival is still running as we speak, right up to the final event on Sunday 30 June. Plus, there are still a handful of restaurants offering those $20 pizza + drink promos this week. Check out the Pizza Festival website for deets, and enjoy a pizza or two.