Ladro

Most Thursday nights I spend collapsed on the couch with a glass of wine watching reruns of Modern Family.  But last night I had a very active Thursday and spent my evening at Ladro checking out their new menu by new chef Niko Pizzimenti before heading off to see Mumford and Sons’ Melbourne gig.

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.

Calamari fritti

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.

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Gourmet Chick was invited to review Ladro. 

Essentials
Details: Ladro, 162 Greville Street, Prahran 3181 (Ph 03 9510 2233)
Damage: Pricey but on this occasion I did not pay.
8/10

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Posted by: on October 25th, 2012     4 Comments »

Category: Dinner, Group Dinner, Italian, Lunch, Prahran
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4 Comments on “Ladro”

  1. tori said at 8:12 am on October 26th, 2012:

    Ladro and Mumford? Now that’s a Thursday night.

  2. Iron Chef Shellie said at 11:59 am on October 28th, 2012:

    That moreton bay bug was fantastic. You missed out on the basil tortellini… dish of the night! Go back and try it <3

  3. Sophie Wang said at 9:25 am on October 30th, 2012:

    Ah, can’t wait to see what desserts they serve up :D

  4. cara waters said at 11:11 am on November 1st, 2012:

    Tori – Yes it was perfect

    Shellie – I knew you were going to say that – always the case! Will have to go back and try the tortellini.

    Sophie – I left before the desserts so you will have to check some of the other posts – sorry.


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