he new Ladro on Greville Street, Prahran, has been anticipated for a while and although there’s a little more work required to finish the physical aspects of the space, owner/operators Ingrid Langtry and Sean Kierce have hung the open sign out.
Ladro Greville is “same same, but different,” according to Langtry, when asked what Greville has to offer that the Gertrude Street original doesn’t. “This is an extended version of Gertrude Street but site-specific. The menus are slightly different to suit both parts of the city.”
What will be different is a Sud pizza for the Greville venue and a Nord pizza for the Gertrude site, to acknowledge the two venues. Also, as Greville is almost double the number of seats than Gertrude, the menu there will naturally be a little larger to accommodate larger crowds. There’s a healthy-sized bar area too. So, unlike Ladro Gertrude, Ladro Greville has a bar menu, available all day, serving dishes such as natural oysters, stuffed olives, cotechino sausage, polenta-crumbed sardines and brodo.
What remains the same for both venues is the focus on a wood-fired oven menu, which produces that inexplicably good, chewy, robust pizza base as well as the succulent roasted meats. The other thumbprint that is undeniably Langtry and Kierce is in the design of the place (not surprising, considering both were formerly industrial designers). Langtry, also an interior designer, has worked on the entire restaurant from the “toilet-roll holder to the light fittings”.
The couple are the hands-on owners and operators, with some backing from businessman Frank Van Haandel and Stokehouse general manager Anthony Mussara.
And a personal favourite, the Lazio pizza, is still there. It’s not going anywhere – a little like Ladro.
162 Greville Street, Prahran
(03) 9510 2233