231 High Street, Northcote (map)
I'm very sad that CJ (good friend, partner-in-crime and fellow pho/chilli oil dumpling/dirty martini enthusiast) is MOVING overseas on Sunday. One of our last excursions out together was a recent low key evening in Northcote - pizze at Pizza Meine Liebe and then a gig at the Northcote Social Club (to see Hey Rosetta!, a Canadian indie rock that seamlessly incorporated a violin and cello into the usual line-up of instruments).
If you don't know Pizza Meine Liebe, shame on you. It's a great little pizzeria in High Street, and it's one of my favourites in Melbourne (along with Woodstock, Ladro, I Carusi and Pizze e Fichi). Beautiful thin crust pizze with interesting ingredients.
A and P joined us for dinner and the gig. CJ and A shared a large PML Capricciosa ($19.50), which had tomato, mozzarella, oregano, porcini mushrooms, olives and prosciutto. Be aware that the olives at PML are not pitted - CJ nearly broke a tooth chomping in to one!
As usual I was unable to resist ordering a pizza with porcini, but because I wasn't in a meaty mood I ordered a small Haus Special ($15), which also had tomato, buffalo mozzarella, olives, oregano and anchovies. It was great. Isn't melted buffalo mozzarella the best thing ever?
Of the four of us, P ordered the most adventurous pizza - the Tom Cooper ($14) with tomato, mascarpone, chives, red onion, chilli, Tom's smoked salmon and salmon roe. As a rule I don't usually like seafood (not counting anchovies!) on tomato based pizze, but P and I swapped a quarter slice and I decided I liked it.
We also ordered two tasty salads to share: on the left is one with salad leaves, fresh pear, sheep's milk fetta, walnuts and vinaigrette ($9.50) and on the right is the Blue salad with cos leaves, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and a light gorgonzola mayonnaise ($9).
Don't let the picture of an empty table below deceive you: given PML's popularity I would definitely recommend booking in advance! :)