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Published October 28th 2016
Great pizza in Vic Park to seriously delight your palate
If my hips would let me get away with eating pizza every single day, I would do it without question.
Given my love affair with this doughy, cheesy-topped delight, it's no surprise that I jump at the chance to try a pizza restaurant I've never stepped foot in before. This week that opportunity came at Brando's Pizzeria in Victoria Park.
Brando's has a huge pizza menu, so with so many to choose from, where was I going to start? There are some 30-odd pizzas available, including traditional, seafood, chicken, meat and vegetarian. You'll find cultural mash-ups like Indian Tandoori, Morroccan Lamb, Satay and Spain vs. Italy, which as the name suggests, blends Spanish and Italian toppings.
My friend and I shared the one pizza, ordering half vegetarian and half Paradiso (sharing is another plus, where pizza is concerned). The vegetarian is a wealth of fresh vegies, including mushrooms, olives, capsicum, and fresh tomato. The Paradiso blends chicken and bacon with capsicum, tomato and a garlic and tomato sauce. My mouth was watering just placing the order.
Our pizza arrived only a short wait after we'd sat down. The wait staff were friendly and attentive, and brought us water without having to be asked, which is something that's a bit hit and miss in Perth restaurants.
Luckily my friend was not an actual vegetarian as some of my chicken was encroaching onto her side of the pizza. She didn't care, but others might not take that so lightly. Some of her olives had made their way to MY side of the pizza, which personally I did not appreciate, but if that was my only concern, you can bet it was pretty darn good pizza.
It was everything a pizza should be. At $25 for a large, it was just the right size for the two of us. The crust was fluffy and doughy without being too thick or too thin, and the vegetable toppings perfectly complimented the chicken. The sauce was rich and full of tomato flavour.
I'm always interested to have a look at the kids' menu, and this one is pretty good for staying true to its Italian flavour. There are lots of options including a kids-sized pizza with three toppings, lasagne, bolognaise, calamari and a slaw salad. There's also the usual fish and chips and nuggets and chips.
Brando's is open for dinner every day, for lunch on Thursday to Sunday and for breakfast on the weekends. The lunch menu is the same as the dinner menu, whereas the breakfast is fairly extensive, with eggs on toast, breakfast pizzas, smashed avocado and even black truffle featuring. They also have a takeaway menu and you can order online.
If you're not into pizza, there are plenty of other options to choose from, including pasta, share boards and starters, main meals such as calamari, chilli mussels and BBQ ribs. To be honest, I don't spend too much time looking at the menu if it's a pizza place, as that's what I've come to try.
You'll find Brando's at 252 Albany Highway, Victoria Park and they deliver to surrounding areas. There is parking available around Victoria Park.
Brando's Pizzeria has a huge range of pizzas so you're sure to find something you like. If you're crazy enough to not like pizza, they have you covered too.