I love Pizza and it gives me so much pleasure to eat it. So when I discover another place in Melbourne where I know I will get good pizza is something of a God send. Itali.Co is a beautiful restaurant just around the corner from the main thoroughfare of Acland street in St Kilda that lives up to its reputation of having the Best Pizza from The Age Good Food Guide’s 2013 awards.
Now having an award like that means it has reputation to live up to and the ‘Bunga Bunga’ pizza lives up to all expectations. Now I’m not sure what Bunga Bunga means having only really heard it in reference to a recently disgraced Italian president, but it means Tasty Tasty in my books.
The pizza at Itali.Co is cooked in a fired oven, meaning that that pizza base has the perfect crispiness that one craves of a good pizza. The dough is light and seasoned well, meaning that any topping that is placed on the pizza is delectable and gives pizza a good name. Even the most basic Margherita pizza is flavoursome and perfect.
The Bunga Bunga is a crowd pleaser with its Fior di latte, tomato, Berkshire sausage, porcini mushroom and parmesan. The Bresoala was equally delicious with Fior di latte, squaquerone cheese, bresaola (air dried beef), rocket, parmesan and citronette dressing and makes you wonder why there aren’t more pizzas with beef on them.
The Tartufata pizza was a perfect combination of white truffle cream, fior di latte, mushroom, rocket and parmesan, and really let the taste of mushrooms shine without the overpowering taste of Truffles that you can sometimes get. Even the humble, rosemary and garlic focaccia which is on the menu as a starter was fragrant and light giving enough hint of rosemary without overpowering the senses.