Baby Pizza is a chic pizza joint in Church St Richmond that excites with its quality cuisine and Italian influences. If you like your pizza and want a decent vibe, then Baby Pizza delivers. But if you also love an Italian cafe then these guys are also a superb cafe. Open from 7am is a serious commitment. And a La Marzocco to boot.
Chris Lucas and the team behind highly successful Chin Chin are in action, and these guys know what they're doing. I arrived here spontaneously after driving past and deciding to duck in. I was warmly greeted at the door and made to feel welcome - then offered a stool at the bar. My first impression was Baby Pizza is chic but also homely. Racy and rustic. Across the bar I could see the chefs in action. Culinary theatre. The restaurant was packed and the noise levels rising with lively conversation.
Baby Pizza has a simple menu with an effort to create an authentic Italian experience. An impressive Melbourne trend is to attract chefs and staff from Italy. Baby Pizza has brought in fine Italian chefs to add to the authenticity.
What to choose? I was keen to try the pizza although the braised rabbit in white wine caught my eye. I ordered the Salumi - fior di latte, prosciutto cotto, spiced sausage, borgo hot salami, pancetta, san marzano tomatoes. The various meats combine well. I always judge the base as much as the ingredients and overall balance of a pizza. The base is crisp and a superb dough.
The right balance of quality ingredients...
Baby Pizza offers some other great options such as the San Danielle Prosciutto - fior di latte, reggiano, san daniele dop prosciutto, rocket, san marzano tomatoes. Or try the pasta, such as the Chitarra Con Friarielle E Salsiccia with guitar string pasta, italian sausage, wild greens, broccoli, and chilli.
Service was excellent with staff quick to greet me and take my order, and they were attentive throughout. One staff member commented on how great my Zara shoes were. Why thank you!
Baby Pizza has a good number of tables but it fills quickly. I sat admiring the design - with Projects of Imagination to the fore, the neon signage, marble bar, and enjoyed observing the high spirited couple next to me on their first date. The perfect restaurant for lovers.
Baby Pizza also offers takeaway options. And Tshirts designed by Alpha60 is cool. Highly recommended.