Amongst the Greek pastries stores and motor garages, Pizza Farro (608 High St, Thornbury Ph: 9484 2040) stands as a leading contender alongside I Carusi, Ladro, Mr Wolf and Pizza Meine Liebe of Melbourne’s current gourmet pizza craze. And before you sigh, “Not another pizzeria review”, Pizza Farro is not just another pizzeria. The atmosphere takes you in and doesn’t let go until all the chairs are put on the table and the waiters are sweeping the floor.
The team at this trendy pizzeria use spelt flour (a non-hybrid wheat harvested since Egyptian times) and have gluten free bases for those with digestive restrictions. The rustic dough and the amazingly creative topping combinations are just part of the charm at this bustling pizzeria. The base is thin enough for crunch, but thick enough to add depth and taste to the pizza toppings.
My pizza, Patate, was covered with artichoke jus, smothered in ricotta and topped with thinly sliced potato and the taste was incredible. But as the spunky wait staff bought out more pizzas to our large table, the pizzas became even better, eggplant, prosciutto, speck, rocket, pumpkin, pistachio, olives, the list goes on and the smells are mouth-watering. Vegans, vegetarians and meat-lovers are all catered for with a large range of pizza combinations.
But then there are the dessert pizzas and calzone, which you want to make room for. Calzones filled with Nutella and pistachios, nougat or more chocolate add to the sensation that pizza is now your new best friend.
Bookings are recommended, although you can visit their ‘sister’ restaurant Casa Farro at 161 Nicholson St, Fitzroy who offer pizzas just as tasty.
5 of 5
Photo: Courtesy of The Age Online. Photo by Gary Medlicott.