|Prosciutto pizza at Baby|
I’ve got a weakness for your wine list and like that you can order Yabby Lake wines which are especially made for you by the carafe. I also like how your sommelier gave me a great recommendation for a Nero d’Avolo and how his apron says “Wine Guy”.
|Baby’s signage and outdoor terrace|
At first I wasn’t blown away by your food like I was at your sibling restaurant Chin Chin. It doesn’t have that wow factor and it reminds me a lot of what places like Ladro or Fire Chief have been doing for a while. But I have to admit your pizzas are pretty flawless with pliant doughy base with a hint of smokiness to them from the woodfired oven. I’ve really fallen head over heels when it comes to your prosciutto pizza ($18.50) with it’s folds of salty prosciutto, oozing fior di lattte cheese and topping of rocket.
|Penne ragu at Baby|
Your pastas are such good value for money that I find them hard to resist. I love that $18 buys a huge plate of slow cooked penne ragu. The best bargain on your menu though has to be the meatballs ($16.50) which come bleeding their napoli sauce into a puddle of rich, yellow polenta. It’s brilliant comfort food.
|Iceberg salad at Baby|
My favourite thing on your menu might just be the simplest – your iceberg salad ($9.90) with the lettuce cut into wedges and lightly topped with fronds of dill and some grated reggiano. It’s made me herald the resurgence of the daggy lettuce overlooked for so long in favour of fancy rocket and baby spinach.
|Meatballs with polenta at Baby|
What I don’t love about you is your fickleness. Sometimes I can stroll right in and get a table straight away but other times your no booking policy means there is a two hour wait and I really can’t be bothered with that and so I have to go elsewhere.
|The cake cabinet at Baby|
But I think it might all be part of your allure though really Baby. Your owner Chris Lucas is a bit of a marketing genius and seems to know how to treat them mean and keep them keen.
Details: Baby Cafe and Pizzeria, 631-633 Church St Richmond 3121 (Ph 03 9421 4599) Open 7am -11pm.