WOOD’N’CHIMNEY MELBOURNE CENTRAL: Tried this as part of a Groupon deal that was $25 for 2 pizzas/pastas (not seafood or duck) and an entree. In general, the pizza was quite bland but had a nice crispy base – also a little bit annoyed that we could only order the Honey Glazed Spicy Chicken wings. For the price of $20ish per main meal, any joint on Lygon is definitely a better bet. Even though it’s located right near Strike Bowling in Melbourne Central, this rather large Italian joint has somehow always managed to avoid the busy peak time rushes of other inner CBD food stores – we went on a Saturday night and it was really empty with a few waitresses milling around so not great vibes either…
Honey Glazed Spicy Chicken Wings – $12
The good fat: I was actually really surprised at how well the flavours worked! The chicken was tender, the spice and the sweetness of the honey glaze blended very nicely together, making it a very palatable starter.
The bad fat: What kind of entree for 2 people gives 3 tiny pieces of chicken wings?! I don’t understand the logic behind that at all.. it makes the restaurant seem stingy and inconsiderate.
Slow Cooked Lamb Pizza (Garlic and Olive Oil base, Mozzarella, Fresh Tomato and Onion Salsa, Crumbly Goat’s cheese) – $22.0
The good fat: A nice thick layer of stringy cheese that supplemented the crisp, thin base.
The bad fat: A very bland pizza, the slow cooked lamb was minimal, and not very soft or tender. The garlic and olive oil base meant the pizza lacked a tasty, zingy punch. The tomato and onion salsa was quite refreshing but didn’t do much for the overall taste. The goat’s cheese was bland and sprinkled on very lightly.
Supremo Pizza (Tomato Base, Mozzarella, Pork and Fennel Chilli Sausage, Chicken, Mushrooms, Onion, Pineapple) – $20.0
The good fat: Overall quite happy with the combo of flavours in this pizza – it made up for the lacklustre performance of the Pulled Pork Pizza. The tomato base gave a nice, classic sour-y kick that was supplemented by the chilli sausage, mildness of the mushrooms and sweetness of the pineapple – everything a supreme pizza should have. There was also lots of stringy cheese mmmmm!!
The bad fat: Chicken was a little bland
SHOULD YOU GET FAT HERE?
No – especially not on full price…