Motorino, 29a Vernon St, South Kingsville. Phone 9399 2121
We’ve let Motorino, Kingsville’s popular and by all accounts very cool pizza ‘n’ pasta place, escape our attentions thus far.
But the arrival in our letterbox of a menu and the vital information the place is doing home deliveries allows scope for a special treat.
The order is …
One large Smashed Sicilian green olive pizza with Motorino pesto, ricotta, bocconcini and chilli ($14).
One Salad Motorino of iceberg lettuce, bocconcini, tomato, cucumber, red onion, lemon, olive oil and Kalamata olives ($11).
The pie is barely lukewarm by the time it’s made the short journey to Yarravile but it matters not – because this is a ripper.
There’s no discernible chilli quotient, but there’s basil leaves along with the advertised ingredients.
The various flavours work really well together, though some may find this blend a bit on the salty side.
This is one of the cheaper and lighter pizzas on the Motorino menu and it’s a clear winner, with enough topping to make a meal yet not to make the base soggy, with crusts nicely crunchy but just as yummo as the rest.
The salad is not of the same high standard.
There’s certainly plenty of it.
And the lettuce, cheese balls, onion, olives, tomato and cumber are all fresh as.
But somehow the end result is less than the sum of its parts, even when doused with accompanying tub of olive oil and drizzled with the contents of the juicy lemon wedge.
Perhaps the plainer, cheaper rocket, olive oil, balsamic and parmesan salad ($9) would be a better choice.
Still, based on this meal it seems little wonder Motorino is so well loved.
And it’s certainly a big step up in class from our usual pizza delivery results. The tangy green olives on the pizza, for instance, belong in a different world from the rancid little black turds of olive found on your basic Aussie pizza.
Could be it’s time for a visit!
There seems to be no minimum order for Motorino home delivery but there is a modest delivery fee of $2.
The Motorino website is here.