This nostalgia-heavy in Footscray pie shop serves up with Milos, vanilla slice and lasagne-filled pies.
With its crisp pastry shell and hot, tasty filling, it's not too hard to see why the humble pie is a dead-set favourite Melbourne winter treat. And now, it's got a brand new home, in Footscray's small but mighty Pie Thief.
This little spot is the work of Bar Josephine owner Aaron Donato — along with friend and regular, chef Scott Blomfield (Supernormal, Mighty Boy) — who have set out to create their own solution to Melbourne's lack of good urban pie shops. The duo have taken over the space next door to Bar Josephine, added a healthy dose of colour and cheer, and are now fuelling pie obsessions all over the west.
The menu is heavy on the nostalgia, too, promising to fill you up, please your taste buds and give you a few warm and fuzzies in the process. Boosting the throwback feels, the pair also stirs hot and cold Milos and slices trays of creamy vanilla slice.
Thanks to Blomfield's background, the food is created using a restaurant approach, so expect top-notch ingredients and a bit of technique to the buttery pastry and crafty fillings.
The pie menu features six core creations, including a steak and cheese, a Thai red chicken curry and a classic egg and bacon number that you can match with Code Black coffees. The lasagne pie — yes, a pie filled with cheesy lasagne — is already a big hit. It boasts rich bolognese, creamy béchamel and even a piece of lasagne sheet.
A Pie of the Week option rotates through clever creations like nacho, and cauliflower cheese, and there's a solid vegan option in the pumpkin and tofu cheddar combination. Oh, and they haven't forgotten about the sausage rolls, either – here, you'll find an old-school pork and fennel, along with one inspired by the humble chicken parma.