In her never-ending search for this city’s best pizza, this blog’s author has employed a number of tricks: dropping the topic into conversation at every opportunity, gaining a kilo or two of “research weight” and even going to the extreme of marrying a Florentine. But the most effective trick she’s learned is simply to go where the Italians go. Research (hm, stalking?) has shown they go to Dough in Northbridge or Gargano in Nedlands. And for good reason.
We have a feeling the next Italian mecca will be Neighborhood Pizza in Mount Hawthorn… once the pizza-loving community hears about it, that is. So how has it remained a secret? Well, it’s been open less than a month, it’s practically hidden in a warehouse basement behind the Mount Hawthorn IGA, and the Fremantle couple running it want to wait until they get things right before word spreads.
Umm, we don’t think they need to wait any longer.
Neighborhood Pizza is a warm, relaxed space that has a homely and welcoming feel to it. Maybe it’s all the giggling kids playing pool at the table in the back corner, the unpretentious upcycled furniture or the menu which contains just a handful of pizzas – all with pronounceable toppings. How’s that for a breath of fresh air?
For the purists out there, the humble margherita will tell you everything you need to know about Neighborhood Pizza: it comes out fast, hot and – most importantly – right. The crust nails the tricky chewy-yet-crispy balance, the ingredients are fresh and the pizzas are cooked in a wood fired oven they had shipped in from Italy. No surprise Pizza #8 is the most popular, with spicy salami, gorgonzola, almonds and fresh rocket.
Best not tell the Italians about this place, or there won’t be any tables left!