Remember the pizzas you had when you were a kid? They weren’t exactly subtle. Their bases were more like spongy flavour pillows, onto which you could pile several hundred toppings (and then fistfuls of cheese). Well there’s a new place in Brunswick West that’s digging up some serious pizza nostalgia vibes.
Its name is (appropriately) Old School Pizza.
Let’s start with the pizza here (although there are some frankly ridiculous desserts, which we’ll get to in a sec). Old School roll their own pizza dough, hand stretch a stringy curd mozzarella, and prep their signature tomato sauce from scratch every day. The pizza menu has a few familiar faces (the Volcano with hot salami, jalapenos and olives is a killer), plus a selection of ‘Gourmet’ options. Think Tiger prawns and scallops, or maybe braised scotch fillets with blue cheese and Spanish onion.
But the real heroes are the Jawbreakers: 15-inch mega-slices, also known as the Destroyers Of Worlds (mostly by us). We’re going to go out on a limb and say these are the biggest single slice pizzas in Melbourne right now. You could use them as a poncho for a medium-sized spaniel—they’re that big. Personally, we like to keep it simple with a Pepperoni Jawbreaker (if you’re going to order a 15-inch pizza slice, don’t put green stuff on it).
If humanly possible, save room for dessert. Old School Pizza are pumping out DSP (doughnut snack packs), piped with Nutella and drizzled in a range of toppings.
This place isn’t fancy. But it’s not really trying to be. The ingredients are top quality, the toppings are overly generous, and the serving sizes...well, check the pic.
If you want minimalist, stone-baked Neapolitan pizza, there’s a hundred Melbourne restaurants you can try. Old School are going back to our roots. And we bloody love it.
Image credit: Burgers of Melbourne