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