On Collingwood’s Peel Street, just below the neon lit gaze of a flying pig with lazer beam eyes, a slice of pizza heaven awaits, offering some of the tastiest wood fire pizza menus known to Melbourne.
Among the backdrop of a majestic Victorian era mansion, a funky front bar greets you as you enter, the vibe made both chilled and energetic all at once, with thanks to the array of talented artists mixing beats that will no doubt set the groove for your evening. Choose to stay for a cocktail and a boogie, or follow the enticing smell of wood fired goodness toward the seated dining area.
To get you started, a simple serve of warmed, marinated olives is recommended, or perhaps some hand cut chips with rosemary and lemon salt is more your thing? Whichever your starter style, make sure you save room for the hero of Lazer Pig’smenu – the pizza. With enough options to please the meat eaters, vegos, veegos and gluten freeos of the bunch, you’ll be scrounging to choose just one pizza you want to try. Standouts are the 'Smashing Pumpkin', a garlic-based sensation, topped with pumpkin, feta, spinach and mozzarella, along with the fittingly named, 'Lazer Pig To The Rescue'. Pulled pork shoulder sprinkled atop a bechamel base, combined with caramelised onions and lashings of a lick-between-the-fingers-good, smoky barbeque sauce. Be sure to top all pizza with a good splash of the house made chili oil.
A range of salad-based sides can be chosen to compliment your pizza eating experience, including the always classic combination of roquette, pear and parmesan, designed to perfectly blend all flavours together. If Pizza is not your thing (as if it isn’t), get your hunger buzz zapped with the delicious Lazer Pig cheeseburger, made with Wagyu beef, cheese, onions and pickles, or ask about the scrummy market fish of the day. Pair all food with an all-Australian wine list, or a crispy fresh cider or beer. Never fear, mild mannered citizens of the northside, Lazer Pig has come to save the night with good food and good vibes.
Words by Jess Gailitis
Image by Courtney King