11” Pizza – Melbourne CBD
This weekend a group of friends and I decided to eat at 11″ Pizza located in Equitable Place, just off of Flinders Lane in Melbourne’s CBD. This turned out to be a great little eatery with good food. The menu is primarily made up of pizza, but you can get salads, garlic focaccia and most importantly – beer. The pizza menu is fairly extensive displaying an array of gourmet, thin crust pizzas to please those of any taste or preference. The beer menu is simple and satisfying – Peroni. That’s it. That’s all there needs to be.
The restaurant is located down a little quiet alley with an open front and people sitting on long tables together. It’s hidden away just enough so that you have to look for it, just like anything worth checking out in Melbourne. The place was heated by gas heaters and it had a truly relaxed ambiance to the place.
Now on to the food. We ordered 5 pizzas, a garlic focaccia and a round of beer. This was for 6 hungry adults and turned out to be ample food to feed us all. We ordered one of each of the following:
- Zucca – Sauce / Goats cheese / Roasted pumpkin / Spinach / Pinenuts / Sundried tomato paste
- Pollo – Sauce / Fior di Latte / Chicken breast / Artichokes / Peppers / Pesto / Provolone
- Nightly Special – Onion/Sausage/(other things which I can’t recall)
- Melanzane – Sauce / Fior di Latte / Chicken breast / Artichokes / Peppers / Pesto / Provolone
- Patata – Potato slices / Balsamic shallots / Gorgonzola / Rosemary / Fior di Latte (Personal Favourite)
The pizzas came out quickly, even though the restaurant was busy and the service was prompt. The food was good, I mean really damn good. Pizzas were hot, ingredients were of highest quality and the beer was cold. What more could one ask for in a weekend dining experience. My personal favourite was the Patata. This pizza had the subtle hint of that strong blue gorgonzola flavour that we love, yet it wasn’t overpowering. The potatoes were cooked tenderly throughout and the rosemary did a great job in tying the flavours all together. Not taking anything away from the rest of the food, but this pizza in particular really stood out.
Overall 11” was a great dining experience. They payed attention to detail and had just the right amount of love and care put into their food. The price was right ($21 for a pizza and beer), staff attentive and food good. They did initially forget our garlic focaccia, but as soon as we informed them what they missed, they quickly fixed their mistake.
I would recommend 11” for anybody downtown Melbourne and looking for good Zaa and a restaurant with a cool vibe.
353 – 359 Little Collins Street
(03) 9602 5333
Food Quality 9/10