Pizza and Gelato

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This is the week. After experiencing some technical issues that led me to believe I’d lost a whole bunch of photos, and the subsequent joy of finding said photos, I’m doing it! I’m getting rid of the backlog!

And first on the list, a trip to Eat Pizza in the city.

I’m not sure just how long Eat Pizza have had inner city locations – there is one in North Melbourne and one in the CBD – but I do recall believing that they were only in Footscray and Maribyrnong. Now looking at their website, I’m not even sure the Maribyrnong one still exists.

Regardless of when they arrived, they are definitely there.

While Eat Pizza are not an exclusively vegan or even vegetarian pizza shop, they do offer vegan cheese, ham and salami at an extra cost. We headed in to the Flinders St location to check it out one evening on our way to a gig in the city.

eatpizzaWe went with a classic vegetarian with pineapple, vegan cheese and vegan salami (and a sprinkle of chili flakes). The first thing I noticed was how generous Eat Pizza are with their toppings! Every single slice had a large circle of vegan salami and there was plenty of cheese. The base was beautifully soft and doughy, and overall, the pizza was excellent.

A slight structural issue – as the salami took up almost the whole slice, and everything else was stacked on top of that, we had a few problems with topping sliding every which way. And personal choice – I would have chucked a bit more tomato on the base, and a bit more chili on top – but that’s just me.

I’m pretty psyched to have another vegan pizza option so close by, though it doesn’t seem like they do delivery which means you have to put in a bit of effort to get your pizza.

On another occasion, the bear and I went for a bit walk around the city, out to Carlton, Fitzroy, Collingwood and Richmond. It’s only natural that we would need an ice cream pitstop during this adventure.

Luckily, Casa Del Gelato was there to service our needs. Casa Del Gelato has been selling gelato from their Lygon st location since 1980 – holy moly! They have a huge range of vegan sorbets, but also a selection of six or so soya gelatos, which include creamy flavours like chocolate, hazelnut, pistachio and coffee.

casadelgelatoThe bear ended up going for some dairy flavours, while I matched the bacio and coffee flavours. What can I say? I love ice cream, and I especially love being able to choose flavours that aren’t usually on offer (read: something other than sorbet). Creamy and delicious. I don’t care if it’s winter, ice cream rules! Thank you Casa Del Gelato, I love you!

Eat Pizza
1c/557 Flinders St, Melbourne
(See website for Nth Melbourne, Footscray and Glenroy locations)
Mon – Thurs – 10.30am – 10.30pm
Fri – 10.30am – 11.30pm
Sat – 12pm – 11.30pm
Sun – 12pm – 10.30pm

Casa Del Gelato
163 Lygon St, Carlton
Open 7 days, 12pm – 12am

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10 responses »

  1. I’m so glad to read this review because I’ve been planning on going to Eat Pizza in the city. We go to Eat Fresh Pizza in Maribyrnong which I think is a totally different business. I’ve never asked if there’s a relationship between the two, given the very similar names and the vegan offerings. Your pizza and gelato look fab, I’m stoked we have so many great vegan options when we go out :)

    • Ohhh – maybe that’s why I was getting confused. I just had a look at the Eat Fresh Pizza website and I think they must be from the same people – the menu is practically exactly the same! How strange. This pizza was great – just that really cheesy topping filled doughy type that I crave sometimes, hehe. Hope you enjoy it if you visit :)

    • I know – I can’t resist when there are vegan creamy gelato options! And this pizza place is one of the first ones I know of in Melbourne that offers vegan cheese and meats when they are not an exclusively vegetarian pizza place – it’s great that businesses are expanding their menu to cater for us!

  2. Bookmarking this and nice that it offers vegan options. I’ll be in Melbourne for awhile at the end of the year! Thanks Caeli for the mention, I need some good cheezy pizza with ‘salami’ and all, haha while pizzas here in Italy might seem simple, but sometimes I miss the ‘cheeze’ and all. The bacio & coffee flavor looks yummy… haha I need to get gelato now… there are a bunch of gelato places near the flat here in Turin. ❤

    • It’s funny how in Italy they don’t go crazy on the cheese like most other countries have adopted when making pizzas! Sometimes simple is best, although I agree, sometimes I just want a really cheezy topping filled pizza. And yes, gelato! I bet there is no shortage of it where you are – I hope you find some delicious flavours :)

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