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Pizza e Birra, Melbourne

60a Fitzroy Street
St Kilda VIC 3182
Tel : +61 3 9537 3465
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
Price Range: $$$$
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Italian cuisine meets Australian ale in St Kilda - Pizza e Birra successfully provides exactly what its name suggests. The rustic fitout creates a relaxed vibe at this cool hangout, where the stocked wooden bar and wood-fire oven keep locals coming back for the generously topped pizzas, hearty bowls of pasta and great antipasti. Be sure to save room for some dolce though, the nutella pizza is not to be missed.

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A successful restaurant formula in Sydney sees restauranteur Mauro Marcucci introducing its twin on the former Termini site in St Kilda. Pizza e Birra is snugly situated among the heart of the action on Fitzroy Street, and, as the name suggests, specialises in a classic combination – pizza and beer. It’s a cosy space with shelves full of wine and produce, and a large distressed mirror dominating proceedings. The wood-fired oven in the open kitchen adds to the warmth and doles out pizza with the cheese still bubbling on top. Whether it’s topped with prawns, cherry tomatoes and rocket or sizzling sopressa, the pizza is top notch – each base is thin and crispy and lovingly stretched by hand.

There are still plenty of other non-dough-based choices if you choose to sway from the pizza option. Start with cavolfiore fritti (crumbed cauliflower) or delicious deep-fried olives, and progress to mains where traditional flavours dominate in dishes such as house-made pappardelle with duck ragu. There’s a good selection of local and Italian wines by the glass as well as a cavalcade of Australian boutique beers. Pizza e Birra even boast their own brew, made especially for them by the Holgate Brewhouse in the Macedon Ranges. Great pizza notwithstanding, that alone has to be worth checking out.

Angela Costanzo
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World Pizza Judge:

This place is one of our favourites in Australia. Seriously good Pizza that's wood fired to be had here. Lovely people and great atmosphere. Excellent bar and located in a great area that is very  20/01/2013

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