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Published January 31st 2017
Your new favourite pizza place
With so many eateries to choose from on Chapel Street in Prahran, 48H Pizza & Gnocchi Bar is certainly worth wandering off Chapel for. Located on Malvern Road, this Italian gem has been one of the area's best-kept secrets. Every night of the week you'll find locals filling the restaurant to enjoy some of the best pizza and gnocchi you'll find in Melbourne.
48h Pizza and Gnocchi on Prahran's Malvern Road is a local delight. Image:The Ideas Library
The name 48h is inspired by the minimum number of hours the pizza dough is left to rise. It's a concept we're told by co-owner Fabio that's essential to make the dough light and aromatic, just like it is in Italy.
We popped in to suss out their menus and were oh-so-allowing impressed.The premise behind allowing their pizza dough to rise for a minimum of 48 (and often up to 72) hours did indeed make a difference as the pizza here is absolutely top notch (even better than what we found in Italy!).
But first, we could pass up trying out the homemade Porchetta which is essentially a thinly sliced pork with spices. It's served with Montasio cheese (similar to a Parmesan) and fruit mustard (which is served warm). The only way to describe a fruit mustard for those who haven't had it is similar to a preserve that isn't really spicy or sweet, it is, however, uniquely delicious, especially when paired with the cheese. The dish is also served with some of the pizza dough bread which is blissfully piping hot.
The homemade Porchetta with cheese and mustard fruit. Image:The Ideas Library
The variety of pizza option are certain to please everyone and we ordered the Di Parma served with tomato sauce, Parma prosciutto, air freighted buffalo mozzarella (that's incredibly fresh) rocket and Parmesan cheese.
Absolute pizza heaven at 48h Pizza and Gnocchi Bar. Image:The Ideas Library
The gnocchi is made fresh using gluten free flour and diners can choose from a variety of types including traditional potato, activated charcoal gnocchi which gives it a black colour similar to squid ink pasta, or a gamberi gnocchi with prawn meat throughout the gnocchi pieces. I opted for Ai Crostacei dish with the prawn gnocchi, tomato, parsley and mixed crustaceans. The seafood inside the dish is generously portioned, tasted fresh and overall, was a big win.
The Ai Crostacei gnocchi at 48H with mixed crustaceans. Image:The Ideas Library
With a solid wine list offering up some great Italian wines there ae also organic wine options and even vegan-friendly too. While we made the rookie error of not saving room for dessert, I'm told the house made cheesecake is spectacular. Best we go back and start with that dish first!
And like all great pizza spots, they also deliver via Deliveroo to the local area. Rumour has it, they'll also be a second 48Hour Pizza & Gnocchi Bar making its way to nearby Elsternwick soon!