Four years after popular hole-in-the-wall coffee joint Boo Espresso first opened in 2015, owner Christian Simone has opened another Boo, too. This time they’re offering brunch in the day and night-time pizza. While Boo Too is more of what locals love about its big brother—a neighbourhood, pet-friendly spot for good coffee—there’s one addition that sets Too apart: pizza.
Simone describes Boo’s pizza style as a hybrid of Neapolitan and Roman: thin and crisp, but with a soft crust. A “mother yeast” was started the day Boo Too opened and will be used throughout the restaurant’s life.
The pizza menu is split into red and white bases, with familiar toppings arranged in some unfamiliar combinations. There’s a mix of traditional and experimental flavours on the menu. You can get a Margherita, but there are also atypical options like the “Donnie Brasco”, featuring asparagus, rocket, crushed pistachios and mortadella.
The “Boo Balls” (basically balls of fried cheese) are an essential order, served as a pizza topping or in a rich tomato sauce with toast.
Unlike the first Boo, which serves its food through a window to the outdoor-only seating area, Boo Too is housed in a corner store next to Hyde Park, still close by to the original. The kitchen is dominated by a large combination gas and woodfired pizza oven, while the front has big windows shedding light on the indoor tables and chairs.
Breakfast is served until 2.30pm daily, and coffee and cake are available all day. The breakfast menu currently includes everything from pancakes to slow-cooked eggs in a red capsicum and San Marzano tomato sauce. Pizza service starts at 5.30pm. Like the original, Boo Too brews coffee from Northbridge Coffee Roasters. And yes, they serve it at night.