A group of teenage turtles once taught me, wise men say ‘forgiveness is divine, but never pay full price for late pizza.’ Encouraging the eating habits of a martial arts-enthused generation, I have set aside my nunchucks and scoured the streets to find some truly quirky pizza in Melbourne.
If it’s pizza in a cone, it’s KonoPizza. We suggest one with the lot—smoked ham, bacon, spicy chorizo sausage, tender chicken, fresh tomato, mushroom, olives, and capsicum, topped off with molten Mozzarella cheese. Even if you find yourself staggering in with pizza cravings in the early hours, they have you covered with a breakfast option as well.
Serving up some old-school pizza with traditional Italian flare, Itali.Co have the unique Pizza Montanara on their menu. A traditional Neapolitan street food, an ancestor to today's pizza, the dish includes activated vegetable charcoal, which gives the pizza the appearance of a stone. Served on a ricotta mousse with black truffle, salted zabaglione pannacotta and carpaccio of asparagus, it’s a sight for sore eyes.
Golden Chef Cooking
What happens when an unstoppable force meets and immovable object? A dumpling pizza is created! Golden Chef Cooking is home of the dumpling pizza—go small with 10 dumplings or large with 20, and choose from the winning combos of pork and prawn, chicken and chive, or one of their vegetarian varieties.
When a Melbourne pizza joint decides to dedicate a section of its menu to “CRAZY PIZZA”, you sit down, release a few notches of your belt, and listen. One to watch out for is the Hot Dog Pizza, topped with fior di latte, tomato, frankfurts, chips, ketchup and mayonnaise, only available at A25 Pizzeria.
Mojo’s Weird Pizza
When Mojo decided to add the clause of weird pizza to their name, they definitely lived up to their promise. With the likes of Heavy Trash—cheese, napoli sauce, onions, parsley, bolognaise, spaghetti and tomato—other weird combinations are sure to ensue.
The Mad Moose
For those who suffer from choice anxiety with eating out standards, the team at The Mad Moose have combined the worlds of parmas and pizza to create Parma Sutra! Composed of Napoli sauce, mixed herbs, tasty cheese, chicken parmigiana, rich tomato sauce, fetta, bacon and more cheese and topped with basil, we are so there.
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Image Credit: A25 by Drew Dunlop for The Urban List