MELBOURNE | Hotel Lombardo is a Coburg pizzeria and bar, opened by owner Travis Lombardo in August last year. Travis spent a decade living in Brooklyn before moving back to Melbourne, and wanted to open a venue that captured the casual, melting pot dive bars and Italian-American pizza joints he enjoyed over there.
The venue certain fits the bill, and feels well worn in, like a local’s place that’s been around forever. The wood panelling, chequered tiles, and prints of life in New York during the 1970s all combine to give Hotel Lombardo a retro, fun, welcoming feel.
There’s booths, seats at the bar, and a beer garden out back. At the front, a free pull table is an added bonus. The mixed crowd of all ages and stripes when I visited is as good an indicator as any that Travis’ venue is hitting the mark with locals.
As for those pizzas – it’s 72 hour slow fermented dough cooked fast with fire for a thin base and puffy, charred crust. I opted for the simple classics – a margherita and the pepperoni. Both hit the spot wonderfully. Quality ingredients with a good base to toppings ratio.
Other flavours include things like the spicy Picante with nduja, sopressa, capsicum, and mozzarella; and the Calypso Mortadelle. That one has red sauce, crisp mortadella, pineapple, mozzarella, and a dash of golden syrup. There’s also a few snacks like arancini and deli plates.
To drink, it’s classic cocktails, house specials, and a mixture of accessible and interesting wines and beers.
11-13 Sydney Road
Wed – Thu: 5:00pm to 11:00pm
Fri: 4:00pm to 1:00am
Sat: 2:00pm to 1:00am
Sat: 2:00pm to 11:00pm