Pizza d’Asporto, Rifle Range Shopping Centre, 71 Kororoit Creek Road. Phone: 9397 2033
Consider The Sauce likes – and sometimes even loves – those authentic Italian-style pizzas as much as anyone.
But the prices have always been a sticking point for us.
We know some of our reasoning in this regard doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.
For instance, the places that sell such pizzas tend to be located in areas where rents are high.
As well, quality ingredients and preparation come at a price.
And we know, too, that comparing such pizzas with much cheaper but much, much less pleasing Aussie-style pizzas is unfair.
No matter how many low-quality toppings get piled onto a pizza base, the resultant product will always be … low-quality, no matter the price.
And any comparison to our beloved Lebanese pizzas and pies and their ultra-low prices is perhaps even more unfair.
The places that sell them tend to be in low-rent locations, and while the quality is often high I’m happy to accept that to a large degree it’s a matter of apples and oranges.
But still, $20 or $25 or more for a pizza just doesn’t seem good value for money.
I guess what I’ve been looking for is a joint that sells authentic Italian-style pizzas in a more customer-friendly price range.
Well, I’ve found just such a one.
What’s more, it’s in the western suburbs, the place is amazing and the food the CTS party of three enjoys leaves us gobsmacked and grinning from ear to ear.
It’s telling that Pizza d’Asporto is situated in a rather anonymous shopping centre quite some distance from the nearest foodie precinct.
It’s surrounded by a handful of fast-food outlets and is doing a roaring trade at about 8pm on the midweek night we visit.
There’s Italian music playing, there’s a happy vibe in abundance and the staff are smiling and on the ball.
There are no internal tables – just a bunch of stools and benches.
We grab one of the small tables outside.
The menu is split between red and white pizzas.
The least expensive is $13, the most expensive $19.
There are a handful of pastas available, all costing about $15, and a like number of salads.
This broccolini pizza – with its buffalo mozzarella, pecorino, broccolini and white truffle oil – costs $14.
Can you believe it?
It’s insanely good, the flavours melding wonderfully and the green vegetable being superbly al dente but still cooked through.
The San Giorgio – with its San Marzano tomato, sopressa salami, artichoke hearts, roast peppers and olives – is a couple of bucks dearer at $16 and just about as good.
My friends are more familiar with this kind of pizzas than I.
They rate their Pizza d’Asporto pies as significantly better than those they’ve had in West Footscray and Seddon, and “as good as if not better” than those they’ve loved at Motorino in Kingsville.
And keep in mind – those prices!
A few days before our visit, I’d taken note of a post on the eatery’s Facebook page about a really good-looking pansanella bread salad.
Tonight I’m told it’s unavailable; then we’re told they’ll knock one up for us anyway!
Our $13 salad is a treat to share, the plentiful, rustic chunks of bread a beaut mix of dressed sogginess and crunch.
My pasta gamberetti ($17) of linguini with king prawns, zucchini and fresh mint is a good ‘un.
It’s a much more generous serve than the impression given by the above photo indicates.
There’s a heap of very good prawns.
The only quibble I have is maybe wanting a bit more zing from chilli or salt or – perhaps – lemon.
On an earlier solo visit by myself for reconnaissance purposes, I’d enjoyed the ortolana pizza ($16, top photo) of San Marzano tomato, mozzarella, grilled eggplant, roasted peppers, mushroom and olives.
There is nothing I do not love about doing Consider The Sauce.
But it’s relatively rare that I enjoy a meal that involves a full house of …
- Spectacular food.
- Fantastic prices.
- Great company.
- At a place in a surprising location, offering a great atmosphere and super-friendly service.
Claudio, Antoinetta and their team are doing a great job and tonight has been one of those occasions.
For a full menu including prices check out the Pizza d’Asporto website here.