If it’s one thing we both love, it’s Italian food. Shop 225 Pizzeria is a humble, suburban Italian restaurant in Pascoe Vale South that features an indoor, handmade wood-fired pizza oven, the bragging rights of being the first pizzeria in Melbourne with gluten free accreditation, and some of the best Italian desserts that I have yet tried! Driven by a simple Italian ethos and a true passion in sharing their cuisine with Melbourne, owners Lorenzo and Roberto have built a restaurant that just keeps Melbourne locals coming back for more.
The good fat: We started our meal off with a strong, flavoursome kick with the spicy calamari. It was a tenderly cooked calamari, filled to bursting with breadcrumbs, nduja and potato, complemented by the acidity of a cherry tomatoes and olive sauce.
72 hour leaving dough and stone milled flour. The crispy, charred base of our pizza was shadowed by the absolute delicious of the toppings. Strings of stracciatella cheese, juicy prawns, a savoury kick of pancetta dotted with parsley… a unique flavour combination that actually made me switch over to the white-based pizza team for an evening!
Omg I can’t get over how much I loved the ravioli from Shop 225. The freshly pasta was filled with salmon and mascarpone, served with a velvety and creamy pea and tomato sauce that retained the residual seafood flavours of the salmon. Definitely a ravioli I want to come back for.
Shop 225 just wowed us even more with the desserts. The Cassata is an absolute MUST order for any pistachio lover. The pistachio semifreddo was a decadent hybrid between an amazing gelato and cheesecake (I know right how do things get better) – mixed inside were hazelnuts, chocolate and raisin. The sweet pistachio paste on top was truly the icing on the cake.
When we were told that the Salami di Cioccolato was a dish from nonna, it was something we just couldn’t pass up on. A homemade “chocolate salami” – it is so cleverly titled. The rich and smooth chocolate semifreddo blended sublimely with the crushed biscuits, pistachio and chocolate ganache, making it a decadent ending to our dining experience.
The bad fat: I am personally a fan of softer pizza doughs, so I found this one a bit chewier than my liking. Fair warning, the calamari is QUITE spicy, so make sure you’re up for it!
CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE OF SHOP 225 PIZZERIA HERE!
2wofatgirls would like to thank Shop 225 Pizzeria, Pascoe Vale South for the invitation to dine – these opinions are strictly unbiased and were influenced in no way by the collaboration.