The secret to a good life: laughter, friendship, food and awesome music.
Published November 21st 2012
Did I mention cute waiters?
After a frustratingly long time of walking up and down the wrong side of Johnston Street in Fitzroy, I decided to finally give up looking for the address my friend had given me when I stumbled across Bella Roma. I was cold, frustrated, and very hungry.
Amidst the other, rather dark, shops along Johnston Street, Bella Roma stood out with its warm, golden lighting and red-and-white checkered prints in the window, where a man dressed in white stood beside a wood oven, casually tossing a pizza dough into shape.
There were lots of voices coming from inside the restaurant, but as I walked in I found it was not crowded. I was welcomed inside by a smiling waitress, who sat me down at a single table. Being in a foul mood, I ordered myself a Margarita pizza; the only sizes available were a standard medium-sized pizza or a VERY BIG pizza (remember to roll your R's).
While not a big restaurant, its size worked in its favour to give a cosy and comfortable atmosphere. The walls were decorated with Italian artworks and there was a small bar towards the back of the restaurant; but my favourite part of the restaurant was the area where the pizza maker, the man in white, worked. The way he tossed a pizza with a smooth, yet flowing rhythm was rather calming.
The Margarita pizza then arrived. I was sitting at a table facing the street, so when I looked up I could see out the front door of the restaurant and across the street where couples practised their salsa dancing at the Latin bar.
The pizza was nothing short of delicious - the crust was thin and crispy, but still warm and soft on the inside, and it was in perfect ratio with the stringy, melted mozzarella cheese - I had found my slice of Italy. While watching the dancers, I realised that I had eaten the whole entire pizza...and that I wasn't so upset anymore.
Since then, I've been back for more. Pictured below is the Vegetarian. So if you're looking for a good place to cheer yourself up with authentic, wood-fire Italian pizzas then I would highly recommend Bella Roma.