We wanted to try For the love of Pizza in Northcote partly because Broadsheet mentioned them and partly because pizza always hits the spot after a late night work function! We slid into a parking spot and walked into a minimally retro-fitted, old school grungy pizza shop. Nothing fancy pants here. And the service, while friendly, is very laid back. Laid back as in – I turned 15 again and was being served by one of my older brother’s ‘cool’ skater friends. But I think that’s part of their thing.
Onto the food! We shared a serve of the Rocket Salad ($8) which was a heaped plate of said greenery, shavings of parmesan and balsamic dressing. Simple, but very good!
I ordered a small Red, White & Blue Pizza ($14) – a pimped up version of a margarita but with fresh slices of tomato and hits of that salty gorgonzola cheese here and there. The toppings were fresh and very tasty, but the base – while good – just didn’t hit my sweet spot. It was a thin base just like you’d expect from a more traditional style pizza, but didn’t share the same lightness as I’ve had elsewhere.
Hubby Bear got a large 487 Capprcciosa Pizza ($19) – and while it looked all big daddy n’ stuff, it failed to deliver on the taste buds. It’s not that it was bad or anything, it just wasn’t that good. Unfortunately, for him, the whole pizza lacked in in flavour, which left him desperately looking around for a saving grace: the salt & pepper shakers. Which were nowhere to be found. BUT, he ate the whole bloody thing, so it was clearly good enough to finish!
Overall? For what we ordered, it didn’t knock our socks off (yes, bears wear socks) – but perhaps you’ll try something on the menu that contradicts our experience? In short, we’d say For the Love of Pizza was good. Yeah, a solid good. Worth giving a try if you’re in the ‘hood!
Address: 493 High Street, Preston VIC 3074
Tip! They’re just down the block, on the opposite side of the road, to the food truck park Welcome to Thornbury, and parking’s relatively accessible down the side streets.