Pizza Meine Liebe Two
Northcote’s beloved 14-year-old pizza joint Pizza Meine Liebe has a second spot just 900 metres away.
The site was formerly takeaway joint For the Love of Pizza, with the same owners as PML – Elena Bonnici and partner Sean Keenan. Renovations took about a week longer than planned. Bonnici jokes it was probably because of all the attention the shop was getting – there’s no missing the giant “PIZZA” sign out front.
This spot is slightly smaller than the original 60-seater, but it’s clearly related: the walls are the same greenish-grey as they are down the road.
The menu takes cues from the first outpost, but it’s all “a bit fresher,” says Bonnici, who also says her tastes and way of eating have changed as her two children, now seven and 12, have grown up. So the menu is a nimble balance between heavy and light. Entrees such as quinoa tabouleh sit comfortably next to salt-and-vinegar fries with blue-cheese aioli. The scales might be tipped to the heavy side, though, by the banana split with passionfruit semifreddo, or the cherry cheesecake. Or the ice-cream fridge by the counter.
Pizzas include the QLDer, with speck and pineapple; and the Greenpeace, topped with taleggio, mozzarella, parmesan, silverbeet, broccoli and lemon. Four different vegan cheeses can also tap in if needed. Drinks are BYO, for the kids, there are sodas made in-house, flavoured with seasonal fruits.