Saturday, 21 July 2012

For the Love of Pizza - good food and good fun

Tonight we went to For the Love of Pizza in Northcote for a birthday dinner for Sylvia's friend, Amelia.  The place was fairly plain but the menu was extensive, the pizzas thin and tasty, and the staff friendly.  As the children donned their sparkly party hats, they were each given a blob of pizza dough to play with on a handful of semolina.  Now this is the way to impress three year olds!

The menu offered a few vegetarian choices and lots of entertainment in the pizza names.  I honed in on the Pumpkin.  It appeared to be dominated by the slices of pumpkin when it arrived but in fact had a great balance of flavours.  As well as nicely cooked pumpkin, the toppings included olives, ricotta, tomato, mozzerella and maybe basil.  I loved that the base was crispy and the toppings weren't overwhelmed by cheese.

My pizza was so good that I didn't regret not ordering the hallouminati pizza or the potato one.  E loved his meatballs pizza.  Everyone enjoyed their pizzas.  Everyone but Sylvia, who had eaten a large piece of my mum's cake this afternoon and decided she didn't like her margherita (above).  I had a taste and it was very nice, but after the flavoursome Pumpkin pizza, I found the cheese overwhelming.  Urbanspoon has a few comments about how good the gluten free pizza bases are and I think I spied one vegan pizza too.  Something for everyone.

Amelia's mum, Kathryn, came well prepared.  In addition to party hats, wet wipes and party bags, she brought along a cute Miss Piggy cake complete with candles.  A small piece of delicious strawberry flavoured cake at the end of the meal was plenty of dessert.  Yet I was a bit sad that I hadn't the time to try the nutella calzone.  Maybe next time.

For the Love of Pizza
493 High St
Northcote, VIC 3070
03 9486 8886

13 comments:

  1. oh my gosh that miss piggy cake is too cute!! awww! and your pumpkin pizza looks fabulous! mmmm!

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    1. Thanks GF happy tummy - it was a really cute cake - seemed a shame to cut it up

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    1. thanks Lisa - it was a great evening out

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  3. Strawberry cake is definitely not my thing, but it looks incredible! Lovely looking pizza, too.

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    1. thanks Hannah - this was a lovely strawberry cake - not something I have every often but just right for Miss Piggy

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  4. Looks like a good time was had by all. The Miss Piggy Cake is cute.

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    1. Thanks Cakelaw - it was a great night

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  5. Pizza with lots of vegetables and not too much cheese is a rare find - it looks like this place more than delivered.

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    1. Thanks Kari - the place was really good - I never would have thought it to look at it from the outside but I preferred it to crust pizza

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  6. Oh I love that idea of giving the kids some pizza dough to play with, my Sylvia would love that! Also love the cake :)

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    1. Thanks Kate - the place really endeared itself to me with the little balls of dough for the kids

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  7. I live around the corner from that place, and I've never tried it. Will have to drop in soon...especially if they have nutella calzone! There are actually a couple of other good places near there - Gringo Vibe (Mexican) and UAE (Middle Eastern) - both have vegetarian options that are pretty good.

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