Work lunches: Fatto a Mano and Storm in a Teacup

Working just off of Smith st, I tend to be spoiled for choice when it comes to buying lunch. While most days I take my own lunch, it’s easy to forget it when there’s so many good options about. Fatto a Mano is a favourite among many at my work (and everywhere else if you judge by the line going out the door most days at lunch time) for their delicious organic baked goods. For some reason I always crave something from Fatto on Mondays, the only day in the working week that they AREN’T open. What is up with that?!

The following pictures are from a range of different visits to Fatto over the past 6 or so months (although most definitely not all of the visits that have taken place, wink wink).

fatto1The spelt pizzas are a favourite as they are a quick and easy option, and very reasonably priced at around $4. There is always a variety of vegan pizzas to choose from, looking beautiful with their symmetrical toppings.

fatto3From the pizza slices I’ve tried, I prefer the ones with tomato or capsicum, or as many veggies as possible. The potato and olive one shown here was okay, but a little bland.

fatto2This one wins the award for best variety, with a combo of pumpkin, zucchini, capsicum and potato. These are a great quick lunch to eat on the go, but I find it best if they are slightly warmed as the base can be quite chewy.

SAMSUNGThis is one of the vegan, gluten-free pies. When I tried this one, I found it hard to believe it was vegan as the top had this real cheesiness to it. Upon further inspection, I discovered what I think might be grated potato? Delicious!

fatto5Fatto a Mano have other savoury vegan options, as well as a range of vegan sweets. It tends to be different from day to day (and depending on how early you make it in). Above is some kind of peanut butter caramel ball, it’s kind of like a rice krispie treat with a light rice bubble filling. At various times they have also had variations of crostata (fruit pie) – I can confirm the deliciousness of a few versions of these, giant choc chip cookies, and cherry coconut balls in a similar style to the one above.

On a more recent note, I popped into Storm in a Teacup, a cute little tea shop and cafe on Smith st for the first time the other week after remembering hearing that they had vegan toasties on offer. I walk past the shopfront every single day, but had not yet been in. The day I ventured in, there were no toasties in clear sight, however I was met with this wonderful veganised green machine salad.

stormPacked with rocket, spinach, sprouted chickpeas and green lentils, zucchini, fennel seeds, tuscan kale, sunflower seeds and pomegranate, with a big dollop of Botanical Cuisine nut cheese (lemon and dill from memory). Seriously delicious, satisfying and kept me going all arvo. Unfortunately I did not have time to sit and enjoy their main pull – teas, but now I’ve tested the waters I will have to arrange a tea date to follow up.

Fatto a Mano Organic Bakery
228 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
Tues – Sat – 6am – 6pm

Storm in a Teacup
48A Smith St, Collingwood
Tues – Sun – 10am – 6pm


  1. lysette says:

    I normally think ‘meh’ at pizza but those Fatto a Mano slices I could get into, especially that they’re featuring the veg and not blanketing it in v-cheese. Like hash browns on top of the pie ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Yeah, these are more like breads I suppose than pizzas – thick baked bottoms with a scattering of toppings. I admit, sometimes I crave a cheesy pizza, but something like this is much more flavourful.

  2. I love Fatto a Mano – those pizza slices are so pretty and I love their chocolate balls – never heard of storm in a teacup – the salad looks amazing and it sounds like a place to put on my to visit list

    1. The pizza slices are pieces of art aren’t they? Especially when you see the full or almost full pizza in the window. Yes, Storm in a Teacup is quite sweet, and I was certainly impressed with this little taste.

  3. laurasmess says:

    Storm in a Teacup sounds lovely, I adore the look of that green machine salad box! I’m really picky when it comes to vegan pizza as I have a friend who makes the most amazing zucchini and avocado one with cashew cheese, but the veg topped one is definitely pretty (and ‘symmetrical as you say, haha!). Great reviews xx

    1. Such a good salad box! Ooh, that sounds delish – have never had avo on a pizza, but love cashew cheese. These are more like breads or focaccias than pizzas – I think the focus is on the beautiful doughy base with just a smattering of toppings. You really need to see the whole pizzas all lined up though – they look like art!

      1. laurasmess says:

        I can imagine, even these did already! So creative ๐Ÿ˜Š

  4. cookeasyvegan says:

    Your “award winning” pizza does look great, but my favorite topping is mushrooms, onions and broccoli. The salad is making me hungry!

    1. Ahh, I know so many people who love broccoli on pizza! I’ve only tried it once – it was okay but not my favourite. I’d be willing to try it again though ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Everything here looks right up my street but the potato and olive is calling out to me, I know you said it wasn’t your fave but I think I’d really like it!

    1. Haha – not my fave, but definitely not bad by any stretch. I just prefer a bit more of a flavour burst!

  6. Sophie33 says:

    MMM,…all of the pizzas & other foods look hevenly, I must say! Yummm!

    1. I agree Sophie, I do love bakery treats!

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