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Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Good value-for-money pizza

La Porchetta next to City Cinemas in Grafton Street comes across as cold and a bit harsh when you look through the windows as you queue for tickets at the cinema. The decor is a throw back to the 50's and I keep expecting to see The Fonz. But take a chance and go in for a pizza.

The service is good, from a generally very young staff. The pizza is consistent, fresh and filling with nice light bases. I'm no pizza hero but I've yet to have a bad one. My favourites are the Smoked Salmon and The Lot (11 toppings including prawns). A small pizza is just over $10 and will feed two ladies easily (they are very well filled) and a large (approx $16) will feed two said ladies and two middle-sized children. Although the kids prefer traditional Pepperoni.

La Porchetta also serve an impressive array of pastas, risottos and other Italian dishes but we prefer the pizza, which is also available for take-away in about 10 minutes. A good option after evening tennis.

I'll keep my eye out for Fonz. That would top off the meal!

6 comments:

No Real Pizza in Oz said...

Pizza.
Cairns.
Yuck.

I had a pizza at a pizzeria in Guam a few months ago. Americans really know how to make a great pizza - great sweet sausage, loads of cheese, thin cracker crust, and none of the smoked chicken or pineapple nonsense. It was $17 US dollars, was 16 inches in diameter, and could easily feed three people.

I've had similar terrific pizza from Pizza Hut in Japan - an American/Italian style pie completely unlike what Pizza Hut sells in Oz.

The concept of pizza in Australia has been completely ruined by the $4 pizza chains, leaving the real pizza makers unable to compete with fast food italian food.

Pity, really.

Megan from Imaginif said...

I love the Italian take away from La Porchetta and yes, I am always on the lookout for the Fonz.

Have recently discovered the pizza at the new Pizza shop at Edge Hill (Collins Ave). OMG! Divine. Would love to see a post on it if you get to go and try one. They are nothing like the Dominos, Pizza Hut, mass produced pieces of cardboard that No Real Pizza in Oz refers to.

Anonymous said...

i've had some quite good pizza at la porchetta. but megan from imaginif is right, mangiamo at edge hill - i've just tried it - somewhat later than megan - and its fantastic.

quentin chou said...

i've had some quite good pizza at la porchetta. but megan from imaginif is right, mangiamo at edge hill - i've just tried it - somewhat later than megan - and its fantastic.

the kitchen slut said...

Hey 'no real pizza in oz'

A 16 inch 'thin cracker crust' pizza (yes am old enough to do the sums on metrics)wouldn't feed my 20yo nephew for a snack let alone 3 people??

$17US aint what it was but still.....

Where do I get this $4 chain pizza or has my inner city life just left me out of touch with life in the burbs?

I was recently in Tokyo and mate, with the quality cheap healthy food available why anyone in Japan would even be near a Pizza Hut is beyond me sorry?

Anonymous said...

i might be a daggy queenslander, but i am a sucker for pinapple on pizza's.

La porchetta is good - but can they have their off days. I was a regular customer until we got a few terrible pizza's in a row. went back recently for lunch and it was briliant.

But if i get a choice i love Pedro's on Sheridan Street. doesnt look like much, but its soooo good.

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