Collingwood is enjoying somewhat of a foodie frenzy of late, with a slew of awesome new bars, restaurants and diners opening over the last 12 months. From schmick new set-ups to accidentally-on-purpose grunge bars – you name it, Collingwood's now got it.
One such awesome new restaurant? Lazerpig Pizza Parlour, a trattoria and bar with a difference, brought to you by the owners of The Grace Darling Hotel and A Boy Named Sue. Still in its first year, Lazerpig Pizza Parlour dishes up some of Melbourne's best pizzas, plus damn fine chargrilled meats and delish bar snacks, alongside a tightly edited drinks list.
Striking the perfect balance between cosy pizza parlour and pumping disco bar, Lazerpig is hands down one of the coolest Collingwood restaurants we've tried in a long time. The intimate dining space features an open fireplace and small tables set with red chequered tablecloths, while the bar features kooky pizza 'memorabilia' (a picture of the Pope eating pizza, anyone?) and taxidermy animals adorning the walls. The disco ball on the ceiling further adds to Lazerpig's party vibe, and come Thursday evenings from 6pm through the weekend, will inevitably have patrons dancing underneath it as the house DJs spin their tunes. It may sound like a strange combo but man, it works well.
That said, we're hungry, hungry peeps here at The Urban List and if we're being honest, it's Lazerpig's food that really ticks our boxes. There's a reason why in just a few short months they've earned a rep for dishing up some of the best pizza in Melbourne.
Made with a five-year-old cultured sourdough and topped with locally sourced ingredients, the wood-fired pizzas tick all the right boxes – fresh, flavoursome, chewy and gooey. In other words – So. Damn. Good.
The pizza combos run the full gamut of simple and traditional, to slightly wacky; all with Lazerpig's humorous spin. Queen Margherita (tomato base, fior di latte, buffalo mozzarella and basil) and Where The Focaccia? (garlic base, parmesan and sesame seeds) are your usual pizza suspects, while The Paul Kelly (garlic base, pork belly, fennel, tallegio, pear and radicchio), The Fun Guy (mushroom puree, portabello and shimeji, marscapone, thyme and truffle oil) and our fave, Broc Steady (garlic base, broccoli, shaved zucchini, fior di latte, roquette and basil pesto) are some of Lazerpig's more creative varieties.
But Lazerpig does far more than just cater to Melbourne pizza lovers. They are also known for their incredible chargrilled meat offering. Juicy, tender and sliced to order, the chargrill offering is available from Thursday to Saturday, and changes each night depending on what the Lazerpig crew deem to be the best cuts of meat available. One night it might be beef, and the next it may be lamb – either way, it'll keep you coming back for more.
Lazerpig's menu is supplemented by a sweet little antipasto offering, with a range of snacks and starters that are just as easily enjoyed as a warm-up to the main event, as they are by themselves, albeit accompanied with a drink (or two…definitely two…). From house made pickles and sweet corn croquettes, to the ultimate antipasto plate, Lazerpig's bar snacks are a must-try.
Speaking of the bar, we are BIG fans. Aiming to keep it local, Lazerpig's bar has eight taps with craft beers from some of the state's best microbreweries (think Moon Dog and Temple Brewery), plus a tightly edited wine list with vino sourced from the King Valley and Yarra Valley. Lazerpig's cocktails are equally as good, and are the perfect end to your dinner and drinks sesh – the Pineapple Express (pineapple, Frangelico, rum, and maple syrup) is particularly addictive. Don't blame us if you can't stop at one!
Next time you're in the Collingwood hood, make a beeline for Lazerpig. Whether you're looking for a cool spot for drinks with mates, the best pizza in Melbourne or mouth-watering meats in a cosy, cool venue, Lazerpig has got the goods.
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