Where: Pizza Meine Liebe
What: An early weekend dinner
I have had to listen to my "trendoid" friends from the northern suburbs of Melbourne rave about Pizza Meine Liebe for some time. I personally am amused by the establishment's choice of name - an homage to an Austrian-Italian border town? I have no idea!
What I do know is that I was glad to share a cosy meal with a group of close friends at the eatery on Saturday night.
The four of us split a salad; a "Ring of Fire" pizza (pictured top right); an artichoke pizza with extra garlic (pictured bottom right); and a "Pizza 4 Kate" (pictured bottom left), all washed down with a few bottles of pear cider. The first two pizzas were good - very good, in fact. Not quite outstanding, but certainly recommended. The Ring of Fire didn't quite live up to its name (not that you want to know these sorts of details!) - specifically, it may have benefitted from a greater chilli kick. Nonetheless, I would happily order it again. The artichoke pizza was likewise delicious - the extra garlic was the stroke of genius of my best friend, who thought it would help improve her head cold. I'm not sure about improving her head cold, but it definitely lifted the pizza.
The Pizza 4 Kate (tomato, fior di latte, basil, chilli, prawns and semi-dried tomatoes) was not my favourite. However, my opinion was probably swayed by way of a direct comparison with my local pizza joint's "l'Olivo" pizza (standard Friday night fare in this household), which runs rings around its PML counterpart. The feature ingredient (the prawns) were just okay and were really not bursting with juicy flavour as expected.
Would I return to PML? Certainly, if I was in the area, but I probably wouldn't make the trek from the other side of town...