Italy 528 is less than 5 minutes walk from our place. Mount Alexander is slowly turning into quite a cafe/ restaurant strip. Secretly, I really hope that it turns into the next Brunswick or Smith Street but I highly doubt it will happen anytime soon but there is hope. New places are opening up to older establishments. We just need really nice cool and funky cocktail bar to make this strip rock and roll. I am very optimistic, aren’t I?
The whole place is very simple in design. When you walk in, you can see from the first table to the wood fire oven right at the back of the space. Even though simple in layout, it works. Very much like a pizza, it does not need hundreds of ingredients and flavours to make it work. Just have to follow the KISS rule. (KISS = Keep it simple stupid)
Check out the wood fire pizza oven! One was in charge of rolling out the dough and this guy was in charged of the oven. It was just non-stop! Is this the pizza chef that used to work at D.O.C?
The first impression was good. We were served by Italian guy that has such a thick and heavy Italian accent that I found a little difficult understanding.Since it has only been opened for a month and they were still trying to build their regular base, every table were given a plate of complimentary brushetta. It was delicious. Perfect in seasoning and balance. It was also very welcomed as our orders seem to take a little longer than I thought.
I ordered a simple salad called Mista. A bowl of green lettuce tossed together cherry tomatoes, red onion and topped with olive oil, salt, pepper and a touch of balsamic. We were merely trying to meet our daily vegetable intake with this order.
We order a Pizza Reginella which is San Marzano tomato, buffalo mozzarella, rocket and San Daniela prosciutto. The pizza base is definitely thin. The toppings were super yummy. However, the pizza base is not as perfect as the one served at D.O.C. It is not bad but it lacked the sophistication that D.O.C has. I hope that over the time, it will get better.
And of course, we had to squeeze in a dessert. We order the Torte del Giorno ($10) which is a rhuburb and apple crumble. The crumble was buttery and a light crunch when eaten. The rhuburb and the apple was pleasantly sweet and not too sour.
I am happy with this local pizza joint.. It is less than 5 minutes walk and it does good pizza. The wait was long on the first visit but on subsequent visits, it was really quick. It might have been a faulty oven that failed to work to its full capability… who knows. Mister went back the next day for a take away and it only took about 5 minutes of waiting time.
What dessert do you prefer after a pizza meal?
To note – My initial post stated that this place is owned by the same people from D.O.C. This is now amended. The pizza chef used to work at DOC and these 2 establishments have no other connections.