|The entrance to Ladro in Greville Street|
My evening at Ladro was an invite alongside a lot of other bloggers and journalists but I jumped at the chance given that Ladro’s Gertrude Street restaurant has been my go to pizza place for years. However this event was at Ladro’s Greville street restaurant which is much bigger and just a little bit fancier than its Fitzroy sibling in keeping with the South side of the river vibe.
|Deep fried olives at Ladro|
I always order pizza when I go to Ladro but last night I discovered there is a lot more to the menu. For starters there are deep fried olives ($10). If the combination of deep fried and olive wasn’t enough to have you drooling then maybe the fact these babies are stuffed with pork and veal will tip you over the edge.
|San Daniele prosciutto at Ladro|
There’s lots of cold meats and cheeses as well the highlight being the fatty and tender San Daniele prosciutto which is served with rockmelon preserve ($15.50) in a bit of a contemporary twist on the whole melon wrapped in prosciutto thing.
I loved the moreish calamari fritti ($13.50) with a slick of rich garlic aioli but even better was the half Moreton Bay bug which has a smokey flavour from the chargrill and is teamed with Tuscan and tomato bread soup.
|Moreton Bay Bug|
Of course I couldn’t ignore the pizza. The pizza dough at Ladro is great, crisp and billowing without being chewy and the aroma of Ladro’s fresh porcini pizza ($21.50) has to be smelt to be believed. The mushrooms are teamed with smoked bufala for a simple and earthy pizza. Probably the best bet at Ladro though is the classic, the Margherita ($16.50) with its home made tomato sugo, creamy mozzarella and sprigs of fresh basil.
|My favourite – the Margherita|
To accompany our pizzas the rucola salad was dressed with honey from Ladro’s own bee hives which sit on the roof of both restaurants and house 40,000 bees. It’s a pretty good indication that this is a restaurant which is fanatical about its produce.
|Mumford and Sons in Melbourne|
I couldn’t stay for dessert because I had to run to the brilliant Mumford and Sons but on the basis of what I ate I can say that Ladro is once again firing on all cylinders. It was one of the original gourmet pizza places in Melbourne and while other competitors have perhaps caught up in recent years it is now reinvigorated with a new chef and menu. My only qualm with Ladro is the cost of the pizzas as you pay a lot for what are often quite cheap ingredients.
Gourmet Chick was invited to review Ladro.
Details: Ladro, 162 Greville Street, Prahran 3181 (Ph 03 9510 2233)
Damage: Pricey but on this occasion I did not pay.