+39 Pizzeria

September 30, 2011

362 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
I found myself in the mood for pizzas one Tuesday some weeks ago, so organised to catch up with R, K, H and D that Saturday at +39 Pizzeria for some honest Italian nosh (the name, by the way, is a nod to the international dialing code of Italy). A quick note, by the time we left at 8:30, there was a queue out the door, so remember to book or arrive early!
The place was buzzing, even though we’d arrive at the early time of 6pm. I especially like the array of cheeses and cured meats in a display cabinet, as well as the line of Campari soliders overlooking the bar. The place was busy, noisy, and just what I had in mind. We settled on sharing four pizzas and a salad, which is the best option at a pizzeria because you get to try everything and there’s no risk of getting sick of your choice.
The first pizza we got was the Tartufata, the collective favourite of the night: truffle, mozzarella, mushrooms, rocket and parmesan. This pizza had a fantastic earthy flavour from the mushrooms and the truffles: I’m becoming quite the fan of white-based pizzas.
I was a particularly excellent and conscientious blogger that night and managed to forgot both my notebook and my camera (note: sarcasm), but D kindly lent me the use of his iPhone, so the visual dimension of this post was saved!


Next up was the Salsiccia, with tomato, mozzarella, Italian Berkshire sausage, porcini mushrooms and parmesan. I quite liked this meaty pizza, the sausage had a nice taste and married well with the mushrooms. I found this pizza very wet though. I understand that this is an indication of proper dough/tomato sugo/fresh ingredients being used, but still, perhaps just a tad too much water in the sauce which made the base soggy.

We also chose the Broccoli pizza: a white base with mozzarella, broccoli, anchovies and parmesan. A few members of the party found the anchovies too strong for their taste (to be fair, they were some pretty potent little fishies), but I really loved the saltiness with the broccoli.

Unfortunately, they forgot our last pizza, and we had to remind them about it. It’s always such a shame, I find, when the service falls through at the last minute. Nevertheless, this was a good rendition of the classic Capricciosa: tomato, mozzarella, artichokes, olives, leg ham and mushrooms. The leg ham in particular was a standout, and threw the terrible batons of “ham” you often get on takeaway pizzas into sharp relief. However, it too suffered from the same soggy problem as our Salsiccia.

The salad that we shared had baby spinach, burrata (a very creamy mozzarella), artichoke hearts, cherry tomatoes and a balsamic reduction. On the menu it sounded delicious, and I love burrata, but the balsamic had such an unusual taste, almost acerbic, that I found it quite unpleasant.

For dessert, we all shared a small dessert pizza: a savory base with roughly half a gallon of nutella, fresh strawberries and ice-cream. YES PLEASE.

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