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Announcing: Pizza Battle

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We had so much fun doing our last (ramen) food battle that we’ve decided to do another one. This time, we’re migrating from the Far East to the shores of the Mediterranean. Welcome to the Pizza Battle, we weigh on what the Best Pizza in Melbourne is.

According to our good friend wikipedia:

Pizza (pronounced /ˈpiːtsə/ ( listen) or /ˈpiːdzə/; Italian: [ˈpit.tsa]) is an oven-baked, flat, disc shaped bread usually topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella and then a selection of meats, salamis, seafood, cheeses, vegetables and herbs depending on taste and culture.

Originating in Neapolitan cuisine, the dish has become popular in many different parts of the world.

Note: The places we are reviewing are gourmet pizza bars. Pizza is as divisive as ramen, if not more so, and many variants exist. We like gourmet pizza, we think it tastes great, we don’t care if you don’t think it’s authentic enough because we like it. If you don’t like gourmet pizza then you can feel free to ignore this battle.

By way of explanation, I am aware that pizza, traditionally, is an everyman’s food in Italy. Great. But we aren’t in Italy, we’re in Melbourne and Melbourne has it’s own culinary traditions. And many of those culinary traditions are derived from stealing and appropriating other people’s food. Other Anglo-Saxon cultures have made a mint of this, look at Britain’s chicken tikka masala and America’s tex-mex? AND WHY NOT?

Food doesn’t have to be traditional or authentic to taste good, it just has to taste good, and what we’re after is the best tasting damn pizza in Melbourne. Whether it’s a simple thin-base napolitana or named after a Jean-Luc Godard film or has half a litre of buffalo mozarella on it, we want to eat it.

So here’s our list:

  • D.O.C. (Carlton)
  • Barbagallo (CBD)
  • +39 (CBD)
  • Bande a Part (North Carlton)
  • Supermaxi (North Fitzroy)
  • Pizza Meine Liebe (Northcote)
  • Ladro (Fitzroy)
  • Pizza Espresso (Lower Templestowe)
  • I Carusi (East Brunswick)
  • Mr. Wolf (St. Kilda)
  • Woodstock Cafe (North Carlton)

As usual, if there are any glaring omissions please let us know, but given that we already have 11 places to hit up (that’s a lot of pizza) please make sure it’s absolutely on par with our present suggestions.

Since most of the pizzerias above are fairly heavy hitters, we aren’t going to seed like we did last time, instead we’re going to allocate the final spots (3-4) to the pizzerias with the highest overall scores, regardless of who ‘wins’ the heats. Consider it an Olympic-style competition.

Heats will be judged on:

  • Pizza Taste.
  • Everything Else: ambience, value, service, authenticity.

Finals competitors will be scored more rigorously:

  • Doughy Base: Is it deliciously crusty? Deliciously soft? Too much dough or too little? Etc.
  • Sauce & Cheese Base: How’s the napolitana? The tomato paste? What sort of cheese is being used and does it cut through properly or does it overpower?
  • Other toppings: Olives? Anchovies? Ham? Artichokes? Randomness? How do the toppings taste and how good is the produce being used?
  • Everything Else: As above
  • Overall: Final Score

Heat 1 (D.O.C., Bande A Part, Barbagallo) will be up soon!

Written by alexlobov

May 20, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Posted in Food Battles

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  1. Woodstock. Do it.

    Jess

    May 20, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    • Oh yes I forgot that one, shall add it.

      alexlobov

      May 20, 2010 at 4:21 pm

  2. I WILL BE FOLLOWING THIS BATTLE! :{}

    Ton

    May 21, 2010 at 12:50 am

    • I too am thinking it’s going to be epic :)

      alexlobov

      May 21, 2010 at 1:36 am

  3. D.O.C.!! :) Can’t wait to read about it.

    Ka Mun

    May 21, 2010 at 12:58 am

    • DOC is definitely a front-runner :)

      alexlobov

      May 21, 2010 at 1:35 am

  4. l’ucellino in yarraville, amazing.

    John

    June 16, 2010 at 11:19 pm

  5. hey guys, been to most of the places mentioned, all pretty good. Although you may wanna research 400 Gradi, 99 Lygon St Brunswick East. Found out they are the only pizza place in Melbourne with a VPN accreditation. Pizza was fantastic. Anyway just thought id share this. Also will be following this battle, fantastic idea. By the way they have a web site, this is how i found out about the VPN, take a look very interesting. 400gradi.com.au

    samantha

    June 18, 2010 at 1:17 am

    • Interesting, will have to look into that one, thanks for the tip!

      alexlobov

      June 20, 2010 at 10:52 pm

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