f a pizza could be sexist, then the Notorious P.I.G pizza at Shawcross - the latest pizzeria in Fitzroy - would be it. Topped with Italian pork sausage, bacon, jalapenos, mozzarella and barbecue sauce, co-owner Matthew John admits “it’s definitely ordered more by boys.”
Sharing the business with Damian Thompson, the pair also own the Phat Brats hot dog shop next door. Recruiting a third business partner, Iza Dawkins, for their new pizza venture, Shawcross opened its doors two days before Christmas 2012. Named after the building in which it sits, the interior is the creative vision of John’s design studio, The Anatomy, in South Yarra.
Shawcross sells pizza ‘New York style by the slice’ (cut from 22-inch pizzas, they’re more like slabs than slices) or whole 12-inch pizzas and everything is available eat-in or takeaway. The toppings are mostly interesting combinations and also include Italian classics, although what we consider a Margherita is known here as the Fat Tony. The most popular pizza, according to John, is the Broseppi topped with sausage, mozzarella, artichokes, salami and mushroom. Even vegans are looked after (it is Fitzroy after all) with the Bloody Vegans pizza topped with hummus, spinach, tomato, green olives and lemon.
The ‘Kick-Ass Salads’ section is a highlight, with seasonal salads built on ‘superfood’ ingredients like quinoa, pumpkin and spinach and are proving a great alternative to the pizzas and gaining their own following.
Not yet licensed (they’re hoping it will come through by February), Shawcross encourages BYO and is open until “at least 1am” on Friday and Saturday nights. So, sexist or not, there are plenty of choices for all at Shawcross and finally another option for satisfying late night offerings on Brunswick St.
324 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
(02) 9419 9596