12 Feb Pizzaiolo Micheluccio, Camberwell
At Pizzaiolo Micheluccio there’s a true passion to bring authentic Neopolitan pizzas to this quiet strip of shops in Camberwell. They’re one of only 10 pizzerias in Victoria that are AVPN accredited for their Napoletana Pizza; a
Vera Pizza Napoletana sign is proudly displayed at the front window.
The dough is proved over three days using a 34-year old sourdough culture created by Micheluccio’s grandmother. The resulting pizzas are lighter on the stomach.
We have the Napoletana/Romana, with a San Marzano tomato base and toppings of Fior di Latte mozzarella, anchovies, olives and oregano. As it arrives to the table, admire the height of the puffy edges of this pie. As with authentic Neopolitan pizzas, the thin middle section of the pizza is slightly soggy, but just strong enough to hold the ingredients. The pizzas here come un-sliced, so cut and/or fold them up as you please. There’s plenty of salty flavour from the anchovies and olives. This is one flavoursome pizza.
One of their best sellers is the Di Micheluccio, with Fior di Latte mozzarella, rosemary garlic potatoes, cherry tomatoes, and parma prosciutto. The crushed potatoes are tasty and peppery, and add an interesting texture to the pizza. As with the Napoletana, the bubbly, slightly charred dough is a highlight.
On the sweet side, there are the ‘Dollnutts’: three twisty doughnuts are filled with Nutella and served with vanilla ice cream. People come in just for these.
White Chocolate and Strawberry Calzoncino is another option. Pizza dough is folded over a filling of strawberries and a thin layer of white chocolate before being cooked in the woodfire oven. This crispy, browned dessert is a good alternative that’s not as heavy or rich as the Nutella doughnuts.
The pizza here is worthy of its accreditation and amongst the best I’ve tried. Especially for the locals, it’s nice to know that you don’t have to travel into the city to get an authentic pizza experience.
Disclaimer: I was invited to the Pizzaioli Micheluccio as a guest, however, opinions expressed here are purely my own, and are based on my experience at the time
1398 Toorak Rd
Camberwell, VIC, 3124
(03) 9889 1114