Red Sparrow Pizza
Melbourne's first all-vegan pizza place.
July 01, 2023
Bigger isn't always better, but in the case of Collingwood's all-vegan pizzeria Red Sparrow Pizza and its expansion, there haven't be many complaints at all. In a move that slashed queue times, the Smith Street haunt busted through a wall and took over the space next door, boasting an extra 40 seats on top of its original 38.
The expanded dining space rocks a similar fit-out to the first, decked out with a warm mix of recycled timber, exposed brick and moody lighting. Two hefty communal tables are primed for those group pizza feasts and there's a couple of street-side options for those who prefer to people-watch.
The pizza offering is built around that same commitment to top-notch plant-based ingredients that has set Red Sparrow apart since it opened back in 2016. Here, tuck into crafty, vegan riffs on the classics, including the Patatas Bravas, with potato, dairy-free parmesan, chipotle aioli and a mock chorizo, and the Mushroom, topped with king browns, caramelised onion, truffle oil and thyme.
If you're looking for a pizza that'll make you feel as healthy as your morning superfood smoothie, look to the Verde. It's loaded with kale pesto and spinach. Prefer yours loaded with chilli? Choose the fiery Volcano, featuring house-pickled jalapeños, habanero, Sriracha and chilli flakes. To cool your no-doubt burning mouth, finish with the dessert pizza, decked out with "Notella", banana and vegan vanilla ice-cream. Red Sparrow Pizza is a huge win for vegans and vegetarians who love their pizza but could do without the animal products.
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