One of Ladro’s original owners, Rita Macali, has opened her new restaurant Supermaxi. In a highly anticipated return, the lady of pizza is back and set to feed us traditional home-style pizza, pasta and all things Italian in the way of food and drink.

Macali has opened Supermaxi with her partner Giovanni Patane’, who “will be the face when you walk in the door” – Macali will be in the kitchen, flipping dough in the double pizza oven. Pizza isn’t the main focus but it will, of course, be a large part of the menu, as will Macali’s homemade pasta.

The fit-out is clean and sparse and the room is a good size, seating approximately 70. The Terrazzo tiled floor is original, and the central clean-lined matt-black Marmoleum bar is surrounded by black Rombus chairs and black polished aluminium Maxdesign Plato table bases, both sourced locally from Thonet.

Since Ladro, both Macali and Patane’ have had a few things on their plate, one of which was making Supermaxi happen: “we were looking for a new place for a while, but waited to find the right spot.” Initially looking to open up in the city, Macali and Patane’ eventually decided to stay local in their own neighbourhood. But a city store is not out of the picture; with the success of Supermaxi, they are is set to roll out more “simple Italian food done well" in the future.

Where: 305 St Georges Rd, North Fitzroy
When: Tue-Sun 5pm-10.30pm
Phone: (03) 9482 2828