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June 17, 2014 / Italian / By
chasing a plate

Who would have thought you could find authentic pizza on Victoria Street?  Not I?  Admittedly, TBS had flagged this place months and months ago so kudos to him for finally convincing me to give it a try.  Elounge is a quaint and comfortable space in which to enjoy authentic wood-fired pizza. Upon arrival we were promptly shown to a table and furnished with menus and water.

Primarily focused on what it does best, elounge offers a variety of pizzas together with a few share plates, salads and pastas.  There is also a sharing menu priced between $37 and $50 per person, depending on your choices, which offers antipasto, pizza, salad and dessert to share.  We started with a couple of glasses of the Rossi Ricardo Tuscan sangiovese and decided to keep it simple by ordering two pizzas.  Having been a meat heavy weekend we went with the Margherita and the Napoletana.

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The pizzas arrived quickly and were a sight to behold.  The crusts were charred in all the right places, the base thin and scattered with bold, vivid ingredients.  The Margherita- topped with pomodoro, fior de latte and basil was wolfed down.  The pomodoro was sweet and had been liberally applied although the base remained crisp yet soft and doughy.  The fragrant basil and the subtle fior de latte were equally memorable.

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The Napoletana was topped with pomodoro, Sicilian green olives (my favourite), buffalo mozzarella, anchovies and basil.  The anchovies were salty and pungent whilst the mozzarella was creamy and rich.  The  olives (pits in tact) were piquant yet smooth.  Prescribing by the theory that the pizzas were best enjoyed as soon out of the oven as possible, these two were not long for the table.

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Alas, they had run out of tiramisu by the time we made our way to dessert so we settled on the vanilla bean pannacotta instead.  My dubious expectations were silenced upon sliding my spoon into the wobbling white mound.  It was smooth and creamy.  The cointreau reduction on the other hand wasn't much to rave about and I would have preferred a berry oriented accompaniment to offer some contrast to the sweet vanilla bean.

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I'm happily adopting elounge as my local pizzeria- the pizzas impress as does the friendly service.  More fool me for waiting this long to visit.

Good to know:

Rossi Ricardo $8.50
Pizza (6 slices) $20 or $25 for 8 slices
Vanilla bean pannacotta with cointreau reduction $11

elounge Pizzeria
Shop 2/409 Victoria Street

Abbotsford/Richmond
Telephone (03) 9429 6060

Lunch: Thursday & Friday 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday to Sunday 5:00pm to 10:30pm

http://www.eloungepizzeria.com.au/

Images: T B Southam


elounge Pizzeria

Country: Australia

Province/State: Victoria

City: Richmond

Address: 2/409 Victoria Street

Zip/Post Code: N/A

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Website:www.eloungepizzeria.com.a...

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