90 Secondi | The Verdict

By Jessica Hackett
21st Nov 2013

melbourne pizza festival

In 90 seconds you can:

  1. Solve a Rubik's Cube…15 times! (the world record is 5.66 seconds).
  2. Bake peanut butter choc-chip cookies on a waffle iron (an Urban List office favourite!).
  3. Pitch a movie idea and become a trillionaire (James Cameron pitched Titanic with only 6 words – 'Romeo and Juliet on the Titanic').
  4. Sing the Australian national anthem.

Enter 90 Secondi – one of Melbourne's latest and greatest pizzerias – making wood-fired pizzas governed by the traditional Napolitano conviction that a pizza just isn't a pizza if it's in the oven for 91 seconds or more!

Recently opened by the man behind Brunswick East pizza-institution, 400 Gradi, 90 Secondi sits on the ground floor of the NAB building in the Docklands precinct.

Upon entering 90 Secondi, you are assured that you are indeed in an authentic Italian restaurant by the presence of an oversized vintage Prosciutto di Parma slicer, which instantly triggers some extreme anticipatory salivation!

And after being warmly greeted and seated by staff hailing all the way from Napoli itself, you know you're definitely in for a tasty journey through the Mediterranean!

Whilst there is a focus and dedication to traditional and high-quality pizza (toppings ranging from the classic Margherita Verace with buffalo mozzarella, to the Paesana with sausage and fennel, most for under $20), 90 Secondi also offers an impressive variety of Stuzzichini (or Italian tapas for those not up with their Italian skillz!), pastas, main dishes, salads and delectable desserts.

MUST tries include Italian beef meatballs slow-cooked in tomato sugo, goats cheese stuffed zucchini flowers, slow cooked lamb shoulder pasta, and semolina dusted calamari. And do yourself a favour and do not leave, under any circumstances, without sampling the Nutella Calzone AND Nutella crepes with crushed pistachio (yes, we ordered both…don't judge us!).

On weekdays, the restaurant is already jam-packed during lunch service with the surrounding corporates overjoyed to have another excellent lunchtime option at their office doorstep (especially considering a glass of wine with your pizza or pasta is pretty much mandatory in such a traditionally European establishment!).

Also offering dinner Thursday – Saturday, 90 Secondi is the perfect pre-game dinner destination for anyone heading to neighbouring Etihad Stadium, or wanting a quality post-work dining experience. The delectable Italian-inspired wine, aperitifs and cocktail menu sure doesn't hurt the situation either…

All in all, 90 Secondi is a welcome addition to an area once barren of decent dining options, and somewhere well worth checking out if you like pizza…i.e. if you are a human being.

90 Secondi | 700 Bourke Street in Melbourne (Etihad Stadium Gate 3) | 03 9600 2841
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Image Credits: Emma Forster. Main Image: Pinterest.

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