I work in the CBD with a bunch of lovely people and they wanted an affordable easy dinner nearby so I recommended +39 Pizzeria on little Bourke street. I had been there before and it had been lovely. They take bookings so I made one for 6 and then off we went!
When we got there it was PACKED. Noisy, people making a line at the door…and the staff seemed to be ignoring us – not the best first impression. We finally got to speak to someone – we had to walk further into the restaurant and approach them!! Our table was still being set, but it didn’t take long and then we were seated.
We had the STRANGEST waiter who thought that his jokes were funny, even though they were offensive. He was trying to be charming, but there are only so many jokes you can make about my name until things start getting weird. And it’s always odd when someone with a strong accent makes jokes about New Zealand accents. He definitely added character to our experience.
After that, it was onto drinks. One of us ordered a pear drink for$ 4.50, it seemed nice but not worth the price as it was very small. The wine was also overpriced for what it was.
When we eventually ordered, we went for the Polenta chips to share, the Tartufata pizza, Bufala pizza and Crema di Zucca pizza.
The food came out quickly, which was good.
The Polenta chips came with THE MOST AMAZING CHEESE SAUCE – Gorgonzola fondue. The chips were fat, crispy, non-oily and really up there in my Polenta chip experiences. I just wanted to eat the sauce out of the little bowl- it was that good. Rich, but not too rich and perfect for Polenta! They should just sell it in cups – I would certainly drink it.
They brought out the pizzas just after the chips, they were an impressive sight all lined up on the table.
The Bufala pizza (top pizza in photo) had basil, tomato salsa and Buffalo Mozzarella on it – it was simple but really lovely. The tomato salsa was rich and chunky and the mozzarella was the perfect amount of cheese. I really loved this one, but I think the others wanted something a bit more, especially for the price -$23.50
The Tartufata pizza (the one with the rocket on it) was mushroom and truffle oil and it was one of the best pizzas I’ve ever had. So truffley! Fragrant and delicious. It had cheese on it too, but some how that didn’t make it super rich- it just made it feel even more indulgent. It didn’t need all that rocket, but I love rocket so I was happy. This is a must order if you visit. It is $23.50 and worth it!
The Crema di Zucca was one of the more interesting pizzas – it had green beans, caramelized onion and roasted pumpkin puree. I really would have preferred it though if they had used pumpkin pieces instead of the puree, because it lacked that pumpkin flavour. At the time we were wondering if they had made a mistake – could this actually be a pumpkin pizza, or did they screw up the order. Turns out they just screwed up the recipe. It was delicious, but not what we expected.
All in all, we had a fun time and the food was delicious, but everything was overpriced and the service wasn’t great. They seem to be a busy restaurant – I would hire a greeter, somebody to attend to people as they enter the restaurant, so that they don’t feel ignored. They did score full points for allergy friendliness, but low marks for the waiter’s inappropriate attempt at friendliness.