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136 Union Road
Ascot Vale VIC 3032
Tel : +61 3 9370 0100
Fax : +61 3 9370 0444
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
Price Range: $$$$
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Jet back a few generations (and continents) until you find yourself in old-world Naples. This is how the pizza at Scoozi is served. With the help of a hand-built wood fire oven this Ascot Vale restaurant dishes out hot, tasty traditional pizzas (and a range of other favourites) to its modern inside or breezy alfresco tables.

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On Union Road close to the showgrounds.

Scoozi is a new kid on the block, but while this restaurant is only a few months old, its artisanal pizza and Sicilian regional specialties are already finding favour with locals. A complete, clean looking fit-out with a handcrafted wood fire oven dominating proceedings has resulted in a smart, sharp looking space that still has a welcoming feel to it. Make a start with bread that’s been baked in the centrepiece oven while it’s warming up, but don’t fill up too much. Once at the correct temperature, the oven disgorges deliciously thin and crispy discs of dough which are cooked in about 90 seconds – Neapolitan style. Toppings are kept to simple-but-appetising combinations that include funghi misti (with porcini and seasonal mushrooms, tomato, scamozza bianca and truffle oil) and the salsiccia with Sicilian pork and fennel sausage, speck and olives.

If pizza’s not your thing, there are some excellent specialties on offer such as osso buco on a light, creamy mash or spatchcock on soft polenta, as well as a range of baked and pan-tossed pasta. Meat lovers should seek out the 375g rib eye with ratatouille. There’s a good selection of local and Sicilian wines and beers available and, for a sweet fix, Scoozi offers something a little different. The lemon gelato and basil pizza is an odd sounding combination but is a sure-fire winner – sweet, refreshing and doughy all at the same time. Make sure you check out the snazzy bathrooms while you’re there too – in true Italian style they’ll make you feel like a movie star.

Angela Costanzo
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Outdoor Dining
Suitable for Families with children
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10

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