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MELBOURNE | As far as restaurants that I’ve been meaning to visit but haven’t got around to doing so are concerned, I’ve got several. One of these is Supermaxi. ⁣

Despite being walking distance from my apartment and having just recently celebrated its 10th birthday, it took until last month for me to finally get there, for a “yay restaurants are open for dine in again catch up dinner” with a few friends (oh that glorious time between lock down 1.0 and lock down 2.0).

The restaurant is owned by wife and husband duo Rita Macali and Giovanni Patané. The concept, a simple one – rustic Italian food, fantastic pizzas (Macali was one of the original chefs and co-owners of Ladro who helped kick off the proper pizza trend in Melbourne), and personable, attentive service.⁣

The food, is brilliant. For starters, I can highly recommend the crumbed and fried mozzarella sticks, served with an olive tapenade , and the lightly crumbed and fried Ascoli style stuffed olives with fontina.

For mains, a pizza is a must. I recommend the signature “Maxi”. It’s a thin base pizza with a tomato sauce, pancetta, treccia, parmigiano, and radicchio. The flavours and textures are well balanced, and the thin base springy and light. Also try the pasta, which is made on site. The daily special when I visited was a pasta gnocchi hybrid. I can’t remember exactly what it was but it tasted great.

To finish, you have to order the crema fritta. Yes it’s a thing, a popular street food in Venice, and it’s as wonderful as it sounds. Here it’s served topped with vanilla ice-cream and honey. Also worth getting, at the end of your meal to enjoy with an espresso or digestif, is a serve of Anna’s pangiallo. It’s a Roman sweet bread/cake/slice hybrid packed with nuts and chocolate.

Any place that evokes memories of family meals and banter back home gets a tick in my book. Supermaxi does this and more.

Supermaxi

305 St Georges Road
Fitzroy North
Victoria 3068
Australia

Telephone: (03) 9482 2828
E-mail: [email protected]
Website

Open
Tue- Sun: 5:30pm to 10:30pm

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Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.

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