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ANOIA Pizza & Pasta Bar, Hawthorn {Melbourne Review}



This is a love story of sorts.

Once upon a time, a girl and a boy met. They fell in love and were desperate to be together forever. So they did what most people in this situation do, they got married. Unfortunately as a part and parcel of all that, they decided that it would be a great idea to also have a baby. Fast forward a few years later, they suddenly realised,

Wait, whatever happened to date night?’ You know, that mythical night where we go out and have long dinners and talk and not want to fall asleep from exhaustion at 9pm?

Luckily though, they managed to con friends and family into this horrendous activity, that only humans would subject themselves to, babysitting. But the thing with babysitting is, it’s limited. How shall we say, too goddamn short? So they went on a journey – a journey to find good restaurants near home, that is inexpensive (because this baby thing costs a hell lot of money.)


(Roast artichokes stuffed with goat’s cheese – $13.4)

So one day, after they put the baby to bed (well, the baby is now a child) and a sucker of a person had volunteered to babysit, they, without a lot of time to actually plan, ended up strolling around Glenferrie Rd at around 9pm on a school night wondering where to eat (which on hindsight was not the best laid plan.) They found a lovely little cozy looking pizza and pasta bar still buzzing with activities in the otherwise dead strip.

They were welcomed warmly and given the only table that was available in a smallish dining room. They could see that it was a busy night for them and could only see one floor staff and they thought it would be hard pressed to get service, but they were completely wrong (they also found out there was another dining room out back.) Their waiter was so lovely and accommodating. While the food wasn’t fast, it was a great conversational pace and they didn’t feel the food was too slow.


(Zucca – white base, fiore di latte, roasted pumpkin, pinenuts w. rockets and goat’s cheese – $16.5)

Perfect date night and all this love aside, they were STARVING. So they decided that it would be a good idea to get two small pizzas. They, not being Italian, clearly kept forgetting that an Italian’s idea of a small pizza isn’t really small. So, of course, they also ordered a starter (roast artichoke) and a salad as a side.

BUT WAIT! Upon browsing through the sides, they noticed CHIPS. Like real, proper CHIPS, which they hadn’t had for ages. Better still, they could order chips WITH ragu. They thought,

If anything could be better than CHIPS, it was CHIPS WITH RAGU.

I could tell you on their behalf, that those chips were the best chips they had in a long time. And by god, there were a lot of them.


(Patatine – chips w. ragu – $10.0)

The two small pizzas turned out to be quite a decent size, it was quite a meal for them. She had picked the mushroom pizza and he had picked the pumpkin pizza. She was slightly perplexed at the include of the prociutto and while they didn’t take anything away from an otherwise excellent pizza, she feels it didn’t really add to it. But she loved these mushroomy, truffle-oiled type bianco pizza anyway and this one was totally not bad at all. He absolutely loved his pumpkin pizza, especially the addition of pine nuts. They shared their pizzas, of course and came to the usual he says, she says conclusion that the pizza they each ordered was better than the other’s.

But they were both in love and they had the date night in a lovely, cozy restaurant where the food was fantastic – the pizzas were great and those chips with ragu were to die for –  the service great and the bonus of it being barely ten-minute drive from home, they vowed they would return to try out other pasta dishes which were strongly recommended by a couple of friends who lived in the area.

The sad ending to this story is, however, they hadn’t managed to go back despite their promise to each other that they would make their date nights more frequent. But such is life. And love.

Featured photo is Funghi – white base, fior di latte, field & porcini mushrooms w. thyme and truffle oil, prociutto – $18.5.

ANOIA Artisan Pizza and Pasta Bar [ web site ]
Address: 779 Glenferrie Road Hawthorn VIC 3122 
Phone: (03) 9819 2900
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 5:30pm – Late
Public Transport: Tram 16 (10m) or trains to Glenferrie Station (600m)

ANOIA Artisan Pizza & Pasta Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Radicchio, Caramelised Onion and Sausage Pizza – A Tightarse Tuesday Special 3

Radicchio, caramelised onion and sausage pizza

Before we continue, have you seen my post about having had enough of hearing about famine in Africa and wanting to do something about it?

I have to admit I am such a sucker for sales. So when my local supermarket had lovely looking brown onions for $1.29/kg. I went crazy and bought 3 kg. I made A LOT of caramelised onions that day. They are so good in sandwiches and if you’re desperate enough, add some stock and voila: onion soup!

I know. It’s a bit embarassing. Now it’s a time to remind you that I am, after all, a suburban housewife.

Not only that, I also found a really sorry looking radicchio that I bought at the farmers’ market two markets ago (that’s two months, people) that I forgot about and was going to throw out anyway. Except as I peeled away the outer leaves I realised that the inner leaves were as good as fresh. You have to love cabbages. With all those layers, they tend to surprise you.

But wait, there is more! I happened to have a reduced Turkish pide that I picked up earlier for $1 that I planned to make toasted ham and cheese sandwich with. So at this point we have radicchio, pide and caramelised onion – together with a few of cheeses we usually have lying around the fridge anyway, I knew a fantastic but really easy pizza is on the way.

Never one to be satisfied with just fantastic, however, I went digging around in the freezer. And sure enough I discovered some gorgeous duck a l’Orange sausages that we bought from the farmers’ market that I had almost forgotten about.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how tightarse Tuesday is being rocked by this suburban housewife. Impromptu pizza. Yes.

Caramelised Onion

  1. 4 onion, thinly sliced lengthwise
  2. 30 g. butter
  3. a few twists of salt and pepper
  4. 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  5. 1 tsp brown sugar

Melt butter in a non-stick frying pan on medium heat. Add the onions and fry for 5 minutes until soften but don’t let the onion colour too much. Turn the heat down to low and keep stirring the onion for another five minutes. Add sugar, salt, pepper and vinegar. Cook on low heat for another five minutes.

I personally like the onions to retain a little of a chew to them but if you prefer jammy gooey onions, by all means, continue to cook for another ten or twenty minutes, adding a little of water if you need to.

Radicchio, Caramelised Onion and  Sausage Pizza

  1. 1 large Turkish pide, split
  2. 1 large good quality sausage
  3. 4 tbsp caramelised onion
  4. 1/2 head of radicchio, leaves picked and washed
  5. A few fresh sage leaves (mine were a bit pathetic. Thanks, Winter)
  6. mozarella cheese
  7. gruyere cheese

Squeeze sausage meat from casing into little balls. Fry them in a saucepan until browned on the outside. Set aside.

Line up slices of mozarella cheese on the pide. Top with caramelised onion, radicchio, sausage balls and sage. Grate gruyere on top.

Bake in very hot oven (240’c) for 10 minutes or until the cheese melts.

Spatula, Spoon and Saturday – rocking your suburban housewife role since 2010.

This time last year I made: Wagyu, Baby!

Melbourne Food Review: Colour of Earth, Queen Victoria Market 11

pizza selection

Nicole and I have now more or less gotten into a habit of going to Queen Victoria Market for our fish, I have been going back to Colour of Earth a couple of times instead of the usual hot dog and borek (cos you know you cannot possible eat that every time you go to Queen Vic. Admit it, some of you do).


Colour of Earth has a lot of interesting little pizzas (or as I have been corrected by Liz, the proper plural for pizza is pizze). They have a few different pizza base including gluten free ones made from black rice, maize, etc. So you can actually buy takeaway base and they have psychedelic colour. Very awesome.

cosmopolitan pizza

(Cosmopolitan – $6.80)

On the day (and I have been back a couple of times since but I haven’t been taking photos) I decided on Cosmopolitan, which was black rice base. It looks kinda funny but it tasted really good. It had ricotti, pesto, mushrooms, mozzarella and sweet chilli sauce. I know sweet chilli sauce on pizza? What the hell? But it was good. (more…)

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