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