The team behind South Yarra's A25 pizzeria in South Yarra has made their way to the centre of town, opening a new offshoot in the middle of the CBD. Now open on the corner of Lonsdale Street and Hardware Lane, A25 City focuses on Italian coffee and on-the-go breakfasts as well as their lauded pizzas, with owner Remo Nicolini promising "some interesting surprises."
Obviously, you can expect quite the Italian focus at their newbie. Working with chef Raymond Capaldi, the veteran restaurateur described the A25 spinoff as "an all-day Italian eatery" that will bring "a bigger focus towards healthy, easy-to-digest pizza dough and authentic homemade pasta". They're not just sticking to the tried-and-tested methods either — the duo plan to experiment with different flours each week to create a range of pizza bases.
"I feel at home in the CBD," said Nicolini of the new location, which seats 50 people indoors with room for another 50 outside. "It is amazing to have acquired such a prominent site on Hardware Lane."
The A25 menu has some of the South Yarra faves, like the Bim Bum Bam pizza — which is epically topped with prawns, pancetta, truffle porcini, broccolini, truffle aioli and parmesan 'snow' (that is, grated parmesan) — as well as new ones like a Black Forest dessert pizza. They also have a cake cabinet packed with Italian pastries and custard bombolonis (yes!) and something that looks very much like a rocky road ice cream panini.