In previous adventures to Scienceworks and Williamstown, we’ve shot straight passed Newport without much notice. But we found ourselves back there again, on a sunny Saturday afternoon, at the invitation of Fatma and Moe, the proud owners of their new prodigy: The Station Pizza.
From the street, the signage and promotional material all indicated that a professional marketer had a stake in the game. Our suspicion was confirmed: Moe has extensive marketing experience, as well as more ideas and excitement than one often meets with! While the interior fit-out isn’t going to make headlines with cafe style tables and chairs, drink fridges and the like, it did its best to meld hip-cool with a slick franchise polish.
Moe wasted no time in greeting us with a warm smile. He seated us and made quick work of a small Bruschetta Pizza for us to start with. This eager business owner isn’t one to do things like everybody else, so he specially made it as 1/2 traditional and the other half with a Mediterranean twist. The toppings were incredibly fresh and just enough. But being pizza lovers, we both picked up on the dough straight away – fresh, soft, light. Absolutely beautiful but no, no…. It’s not normal pizza dough. It’s the kind of dough you want to tear, dunk into dips and sauces and shovel into your face. A quick chat with Moe confirmed our suspicion: he puts his own spin on pizza dough – and it’s a good one! In short, that was a pretty bad-ss rendition of bruschetta!
Knowing I’m a vegetarian, Hubby Bear was the target of Moe’s specialty dishes. And while you might think that would’ve been some sort of crazy pizza creation – it wasn’t. In its short lifespan thus far, Station Pizza is fast becoming known for chicken wings and ribs! A long board of “amazing” (to quote hubby) Chicken Wings landed in front of my carnivorous partner. His eyes widened then closed with delight as he dug into the well cooked and tender pieces. While there was a brilliant home made BBQ dip to accompany them, Hubby Bear said that Moe’s 35 year old family spice recipe made the dip completely and utterly optional. In short, those wings stand on their own in terms of flavour!
The board on Hubby’s other side was stacked high with Lamb Ribs. Again, cooked well with Moe’s amazing mix of seasoning. They were each spiced just right – no need to use the tasty spicy chili sauce. I could go on and on and talk more about how yummy Hubby Bear’s meat fest was, but I think a photo would do more justice, see below!
“Burp” — Hubby Bear.
What about me? Well, well! I felt pretty spesh since Moe made me a Manoushi – a pita wrap of sorts – with his home made labne and za’atah! The casing of my Manoushi was made from that brilliant dough and smooshed together the fresh filling of tomatoes and cucumber. The salad was also really delicious, with a garlic-y touch to a light and zingy dressing! I wish more placed served salads with exciting dressings like this, as opposed to the old stock-standard ‘balsamic vinaigrette’. The only sad thing here, at the time of our visit, the Manoushi wasn’t on the menu – so you’ll have to ask for it you vegetarians!
If you want a classic suburban pizza, yeah, Station Pizza can deliver that. But what’s going to put Fatma and Moe on the map is their ability to take their quality ingredients and decorate them afresh with middle eastern spices, tried & true family recipes, and last – but not least – a mega helping of passion! If you’re anywhere near Newport and want to try something just that little bit different, swing in to have a meal with Fatma & Moe’s place!
Value: N/A – we dined as guests at Station Pizza.
Address: 422 Melbourne Road, Newport, Victoria 3015, Australia
Tip! Plenty of free parking to the right of the restaurant building, near the train station.