Ferdinand, Northcote.

Ferdinand is a modern and cosy Italian restaurant, opposite the Westgarth cinema  in Northcote. The atmosphere strikes the perfect balance between neighborhood restaurant and romantic date night destination.

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Newly opened courtyard for balmy summer nights.

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The menu focuses on wood fired thin crust pizzas, but also includes a classic selection of pasta, starters and dessert. It also has a vegan section, and does gluten free pizza bases, so there is something for everyone.

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Owner Sandor, serving customers with warmth.

The staff are mega friendly, and the owner is lovely – clearly passionate about his work, and very welcoming. He helped us choose some dishes to try…

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The ”Ferdinand’ – san marzano tomato, mozzarella, seasoned cherry tomatoes, prosciutto di parma, mozzarella di bufala finished with fresh basil

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‘Porcini’ – mozzarella, gorgonzola, porcini, wood fire roasted button mushrooms, truffle oil and parsley

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The pizza was perfectly crispy, with addictive crust. Toppings weren’t too heavy or light, and were balanced – for example, not too much truffle oil as to overpower the flavour of the mushrooms and parsley on the Porcini pizza, and the right amount of basil to lift the mozzarella and cherry tomatoes to ultimate deliciousness. We are really picky when it comes to pizza – so the fact that Ferdinand was able to impress us, was awesome.

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‘Mushroom gnocci’ –  potato gnocchi with porcini mushrooms parsley and a touch of cream

This gnocchi was soft with a bite and the porcini mushrooms mixed with cream gave it an umami-rich flavour. So yum!

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Vanilla panna cotta served with a mixed berry coulis and almond biscotti (biscotti not pictured here, because I’m allergic to almonds. 🙂 )

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We were also lucky enough to get some dessert and loved the vanilla panacotta – it was creamy, but also light – a great ending to an indulgent meal.

We want to thank Ferdinand for inviting us to try their menu, and for the fantastic time that we had while we were there.  We now have a new cosy Italian favourite for pizza before we head to the movies.

Check out Ferdinand’s menu, or make a booking here. 

Ferdinand Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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